Volkswagen launches the prototype of the electric flying car “Flying Tiger”

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The future of air travel is about to be turned upside down by the invention of this Volkswagen Flying Tiger.

Volkswagen has launched a “state-of-the-art passenger drone prototype”, or a fully automated electric flying car. The prototype marks the German automaker’s first step into the world of aircraft design and development.

The aircraft is nicknamed Flying Tiger due to both its black and gold livery and the fact that it is launched in the year of the tiger.

It was produced by the company’s Chinese division, Volkswagen China, in collaboration with Chinese aircraft manufacturer Sunward and British design consultancy Tangerine.

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Photo credit: Volkswagen AG

In a statement, Volkswagen China said Flying Tiger is an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) prototype. VTOLs are aircraft that can land, take off and hover vertically. All helicopters are VTOL-type aircraft, but some combat aircraft, such as the F-35B Lightning II, are also examples of this type.

The Flying Tiger was produced under the Vertical Mobility project launched in 2020 by Volkswagen China to “explore the next generation of mobility solutions, including the urban air mobility market and the extension of urban traffic in space air”.

According to the company, the prototype has a luxury x-wing configuration measuring 11.2m long and 10.6m wide. There are eight rotors helping the prototype aircraft in vertical lift. Two propellers assist horizontal flight.

The company said testing of the prototype will run through 2022, before it undergoes even more advanced test flights in 2023.

Once the vehicle is finally ready, it will be able to carry four passengers plus luggage up to a distance of 200 km.

Who could use Flying Tiger

Dr. Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO of Volkswagen Group China, said: “The launch of this superb validation model – the V.MO – is the first of many remarkable milestones in our exciting journey towards urban air transport, and a perfect example of our ‘ From China, for the China Mission.

In the statement, the company said that in its first phase, the Flying Tiger will likely be introduced to wealthy, tech-savvy Chinese customers as a premium product to be used as VIP air shuttle services.

The idea of ​​commercial flying taxi services has gained more interest in recent years. A Boeing self-piloted passenger drone made its first test flight in 2019. British automaker Aston Martin, South Korean automaker Hyundai and Chinese electric vehicle maker Xpeng are also among those who have set their sights on the flying cars.

(Main and featured image courtesy of Volkswagen AG)

This story first appeared on Prestige Singapore.

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