After the first presentation at last year's Geneva Motor Show of the flying car, the Dutch company PAL-V this year presented its new version - the Liberty Pioneer with several important additions. Now, according to the developer's description, we are talking about "the world's first certified commercial flying car."
From the point of view of the layout scheme, it is a hybrid of a tricycle (three-wheeled vehicle) with an autogyro. The Pal-V Liberty Pioneer leans into corners and carries propeller blades for flight. Conversion to and from a gyroplane is done partly by hand.
For road driving, it has rear-wheel drive and everything that a regular car has. The flight is carried out using a pushing propeller.
Pal-V Liberty Pioneer is equipped with a twin propulsion system, the "ground" power of which is 100 hp. from. and 200 liters. from. in flight. The engine runs on motor gasoline AI-95/98, mixture E10 (gasoline with 10% ethanol) or on aviation gasoline. The maximum speed is 160 km / h, up to 100 km / h Pal-V Liberty Pioneer accelerates in less than 9 seconds. Fuel is enough for about 1315 km with an average consumption of 7.6 liters per 100 km.
While in flight, the Liberty is capable of flying up to 500 km (depending on load) at an altitude of 3500 m, reaching speeds of up to 180 km / h, consuming an average of 26 liters of fuel per hour. For takeoff, a runway length of 330 meters is enough for him, and for landing - 30 meters.
Pal-V Liberty Pioneer is designed primarily for the United States, since there is a better developed network of small private airfields, and for Europe. The top version will cost $ 599, 000, while the simplified version of the Liberty Sport promised later by the manufacturer will cost $ 399, 000. The first batch of 90 vehicles is expected to go on sale in early 2020.