Samson Motorworks claims that its amateur-built roadable aircraft Samson Switchblade, equipped with a 1.6-liter V4 engine, will be the world’s first flying sports car. The roadable aircraft is scheduled to be launched this year, with a base price around $ 120,000 (100,000 EUR).
Samson Motorworks, based in Meadow Vista, California, is the last one on the list of companies that promise to launch flying cars in the more or less distant future.
Another US company, Terrafugia, announced last year a project to launch a flying car by 2024.
The PAL-V Dutch company were even more optimistic and announced that they will start delivering the Liberty flyer also this year.
Also in 2018, Samson Switchblade would be launched, the world’s first flying sports car, as the American company says.
Samson claim that their three-wheeled and two-seat car is capable of automatically taking off at a speed of about 80 mph (130 km/h) only if the wings are open.
The maximum speed in the air was estimated at nearly 200 mph (320 km/h), while the ground speed was to be at most 125 mph (200 km/h).
According to Samson, 1100 feet (335 meters) respectively 1600 feet (488 meters) are required for take-off and landing.
The car will only be able to fly from airports, since the length of the wings at the opening will prevent running on public roads.
The US company data also shows that the 1.6-liter and 192 hp V4 engine is capable of keeping the Samson Switchblade in the air for about 435 miles (700 kilometers) if the 30 gallon (113 liter) tank is full.
Customers who want to drive but also fly with Samson Switchblade must have both a driver’s license and a pilot license.