Skyrunner – A robust ATV with flying credentials
We have had our fair share of covering flying cars, ranging from the exquisite looking AeroMobil 2.5 to the still stuck in development Terrafugia Transition. And, now Skyrunner enters this novel segment of gliding automobiles with its own trademark of funkiness. Clearly showcasing its all terrain vehicle (ATV) credentials with a revealing chassis, sharp angled body and substantial ground clearance, the Skyrunner will achieve its flight by utilizing a parachute system that would lift it over the ground level. And what’s more; the flying vehicle can totally eschew conventional airports in favor of fields, grasslands and even beaches, with the road to air transformation requiring just around three minutes.
In terms of specifications, the 926 lbs (420 kg) Skyrunner boasts of a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, with 114 hp and 148 pound-feet of torque. This power train can achieve an acceleration of 0-60 miles per hour in just around 4.3 seconds, while contributing to a top speed of 115 mph. And, when it comes to the flight mode, the Skyrunner’s engine activates the rear-mounted propeller, with the vehicle then achieving around 55 mph of top speed and a range of 200 miles. Interestingly, the instrumentation panel is on the side dashboard, and also can be accessed via an iPad mounted atop the steering wheel.
Finally, coming to its scope of usability, the flying car has been touted by its eponymous company as a recreational vehicle. Of course, given its flexibility and inherent lack of complexity, the conception can also be used in other practical fields like crop dusting, patrolling or even as an emergency reconnaissance vehicle. As for Skyrunner’s pricing, the flying car will retail at $119,000 with commercially availability starting by 2014.
For more details, please check out Skyrunner’s home site.