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【Summary】According to engineers, the DeLorean DR-7 will come with a range of 120 miles – a robust range that dominates its competitors offering between 25 miles and 50 miles per charge.

Michael Cheng    Sep 02, 2017 10:05 AM PT
DeLorean Aerospace is Developing a Flying Car with Extreme Range

The flying car industry is filled with cutting-edge developments and technological surprises. DeLorean Aerospace is currently helping take the sector to new heights and milestones. The company recently announced its entry in the race to build a fully autonomous, all-electric flying car.

Can DeLorean Aerospace win over tech-savvy consumers with its futuristic, VTOL-powered aircraft? Find out below!

DeLorean DR-7

The company is working on its first prototype, the DeLorean DR-7. It can host two passengers and will be capable of autonomous flight. In order to compete with other businesses developing VTOL vessels, such as Airbus, the brand intends to focus on extending the range of the aircraft. According to engineers, the DR-7 will come with a range of 120 miles – a robust range that dominates its competitors offering between 25 miles and 50 miles per charge.

Featuring a top speed of 240 mph, the vessel can cover short distances with ease.

"We are moving forward on a full-size, piloted prototype which will carry two passengers and is designed to operate, fully electric, for a range of 120 miles," said the company, during a recent interview with Wired.

The DR-7 boasts two sets of large wings and a pair of winglets for guidance. Fans help propel the unit during navigation. The components are capable of rotating, depending on the maneuver being performed. Overall, the aircraft's wings measure 18.5 feet and can be folded for seamless storage.

Autonomous, Flying Cars for Everyone

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the DR-7 is its driverless features. The unit will be capable of flying without human assistance. This could mean that future owners of the VTOL aircraft will not need a piloting license to operate one. With that being said, it seems the company is fixated on serving the private consumer market.

"We aren't targeting only general aviation customers; we see much broader market potential, extending into other transportation segments," said Paul DeLorean, CEO and chief designer of the company. "Our target price point will reflect that, ultimately. However, we have not established our launch pricing yet."

DeLorean highlighted that the establishment is in the process of launching a funding campaign to streamline its goals and objectives.

At the moment, the DR-7 is still undergoing rigorous testing. The business has not provided an official release date and pricing info for the aircraft. DeLorean Aerospace engineers are committed to showcasing their first prototype by mid-2018.

Overview of the Flying Car Industry

Other businesses in the sector are very close to launching their VTOL aircrafts, while others are following a long, 10-year production timeline. Leading the race is China-based Ehang, with the iconic Ehang 184, and Airbus, with the highly anticipated Vahana aircraft.

Germany-based Lilium Aviation (backed by the European Space Agency) is one of the most promising startups in the industry, which is being led by a team of specialists from Munich's Technical University. The company's all-electric vessel will seat two individuals and will come with an estimate range of 186 miles and a top speed of 155 mph.

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