âThere have been a number of attempts to mix a wheeled car with a winged vehicle,â he says. âBut they’re not optimized for either of the two. You get a strange car on the ground or a strange plane in the sky.
His concept of the Airspeeder flying car is more like today’s drones than the DeLorean converted by Doc Brown in the mid-1980s. It’s an EVTOL, which stands for “electric vertical take-off and landing” (Pearson admits that the category name needs work), and it looks like the fuselage of a small airplane or, from the front, a vintage racing car, with eight propeller blades attached in pairs at its corners.
His USP, however, is his racing series. There are other companies working in the flying car business, but he says he will be the first to pit the pilots against each other. âThe rest of the industry is focused on making vehicles as quiet as possible,â he says. âThere is a lot of effort for the quiet propellers and the low noise profile. But for a racing car, we don’t care about noise. In fact, ours could be stronger and it is already biblically strong. We wanted to focus on performance and safety, not on how to make them quieter. “
There are plenty of performances. The battery-powered machine is capable of accelerating to 60mph in just over two seconds, before reaching a top speed of 100mph, which will make you feel like you’re gliding fast on a floating race track. âIt has a higher thrust-to-weight ratio than an F15 fighter jet and the handling of an F1 car,â says Pearson.