The Firenze Lanciare is “a new flying car concept,” powered by twin Williams FJ-33 jet engines and wings that unfold from underneath the car’s body for flight, offering “crazy speeds both on the road and in the sky,” reports transportup.com.
The Firenze Lanciare is a hybrid, part supercar, part small private jet, and is the first roadable aircraft on the market powered by jet engines. Its two Williams FJ-33 jets positioned at the rear of the vehicle each provide 2000 lbs of thrust, getting the aircraft up to predicted cruise speeds of around 520 mph.
With a 300-gallon fuel tank, the flying car can achieve a maximum range of about 850 miles. According to Lanciare, the company behind the concept, this means 300 mile journeys could take as little as one hour.
A difference between the Firenze Lanciare and other flying cars is that it is not a VTOL aircraft, but “a roadable STOL”, representing an intriguing aspect of aerial mobility transportation. This type of craft is designed for private or shared ownership, and is aimed at making point-to-point travel more accessible, eliminating the need for time-consuming airport transfers.
The Firenze Lanciare employs two Tesla electric motors for a total of 1000hp and a 0-60 time between 3 and 4 seconds. Other existing roadable concepts, although further down the path to development and production, use only propellors for flight with small combustion engines for ground-driving which make for much slower cruise speeds and less impressive driving specifications.
With the high-performance specifications provided by Firenze, the aircraft will be promoted at the top end of the market for privately owned roadable STOLs. Due to its jet engines and large fuel tank, the Firenze’s speed and range are unmatched by anything else. However, the aircraft/car is still in early stage development.
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(News Source: https://transportup.com)
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