A company in London has held the first-ever successful test flight of a 'hypercar' to replace motors.
The Volar eVTOL – which stands for electric vertical take-off and landing – was created by Bellwether Industries.
The vehicle is a flying “hypercar”, and is, according to the company, the world's first flying car that does not have a large wingspan or exposed blades – making it ideal for urban use.
The half-scale test version flew at an altitude of 13 feet off the ground, with a speed of 25 miles per hour.
Tested in Dubai, the team has said that the flight demonstrated “stability and controllability” of the prototype and would be the start of a series of development projects.
Bellwether says the ultimate vision of a full-scale volar will be a four to five-seat aircraft carrying out “intracity travels” at an altitude of 3,000 feet with a speed of up to 135 miles per hour.
“We want to create private urban aircraft for anyone to fly from anywhere to any point at any time,” said Kai-Tse Lin, the chief operating officer and co-founder at Bellwether Industries.
He added: “Our volar flies smoothly and proves our efforts that go into innovation and technology. “We are confident in our volar and will strive for perfection with continuous improvement.”
“This marks the point at which Bellwether Industries takes a great step forward and has shown our potential towards the next level.
“It’s an exciting moment to witness the world’s first eVTOL without a large wingspan or exposed blades come into reality.”
No sale date for the vehicle has yet been released.
Flying cars first came into the public consciousness through the 1961 film The Absent-Minded Professor, where a professor and inventor creates flubber (flying rubber) to help his Model T Ford fly.
It wasn't until seven years later when the famous car in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang would hit cinema screens.
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