• Sep 11, 2008
Click above for more shots of the Moller Autovolanter concept

The lure of the flying car is just too great for Moller International, a company best known for its SkyCar prototype and not actually producing a real flying vehicle for sale despite being around for some 25 years. Its latest tease is adapting the body shell of a Ferrari 599 GTB for use as a flying vehicle. Called the Autovolanter, this 599 GTB that's freed from the shackles of Earth is capable of vertical take-offs and landings thanks to a hybrid powertrain comprised of rotary engines and electric motors. The vehicle, proposed by a wealthy Russian businessman who'd apparently like to bypass Moscow's busy traffic with style, has already gone through small-scale testing and Moller seems rather pleased with the results.

Initial goals for the Autovolanter are a 150-mile range on the ground, with 40 of those coming from battery power alone, and 75 miles of airborne flight at high speeds. So the Autovolanter is basically a flying Chevy Volt based on a Ferrari. To make it a reality, the vehicle would need 800 horsepower... no problem, right? Oh yeah, and Moller needs around $5 million for continued development. Word is they're currently seeking more wealthy Russian businessmen who apparently have no sense.


[Source: Moller]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      this snake oil salesman has been around since the Edsel.
      someone please put a "nader" pin on him and send his butt to a home..ie shady pines
      • 6 Years Ago
      Moller is a parody of himself at this point. I remember reading back in the early 90s how his Skycar was going to be to market in 2-3 years. since then it has gone from being chainsaw motor powered to snowmobile engine to rotary and still sits at the end of a tether in his lab's parking lot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Has this guy ever successfully made ANY car fly without it being attached to a crane? Every time I hear something new about him and his company I continue to wonder how it is that he is still getting funding from wealthy investors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nick Geranio and his Roadable company have been building flying cars for over 10 years. He has at least three distributors and is looking for more. The last I checked in with him, he had a Navy contract to build these things. Factory is located in Camarillo, CA. They sell for around $250,000.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Batteries?

      This has batteries and will fly?

      NOT!

      Maybe with a lightweight Lycoming or Subaru flat 6 it would fly, but no weigh with the weight of batteries.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As if a ground Ferrari wasn't expensive enough...
      • 6 Years Ago
      ALL AIRCAR PROJECTS ARE DREAMS.A CESSNA 150 HAS 120 SQ. FT. OF WING TO LIFT 1,200+ POUNDS USEFULL LOAD.IT WEIGHTS IN AT 600+ LBS. EMPTY.HOW MUCH DOES THIS WET DREAM WEIGH AND WHAT'S THE WING SQ. FT. AREA? AND WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE OFF AND LAND AT?
      • 6 Years Ago
      "When Pigs can Fly", so will this.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you calling Palin a pig, too?!?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Moller has been making promises for too many years. Nothing he has ever created has ever flown untethered. I even sent him money when I was younger. He used to run ads seeking funds in Popular Mechanics and Popular Science magazines. As far as I am concerned, he is nothing more than a con artist. I just cannot understand why no one has taken him to court to recover some of the money that he has taken from investors. I also do not understand why articles still get written about him.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This would have been more interesting if it was a Honda Pilot.
        Inventor
        • 6 Years Ago
        All those that have posted their comments have made my day! First I have smiled in awhile, for the humor is pretty good! I do have to say that it is highly probable that you or we will in our life time have cars that do indeed fly or better yet the operable term would be to hover. I can say personally that I have built back in the 70's an object that would lift and hover with ease and move in any direction I wanted it to go, also could make it stop pretty quick. The University where I did this and I went to the U.S. Patent and Trade Mark Office to obtain a Patent only to find that back in the late forties someone else had done the same. The system has no moving parts per say except for the controls. Once someone figures out the energy side of the equation you will see this in reality. Atomic energy is not the answer nor jet fuel or gasoline. Scientist around the world have been working on the solution to the creation of energy for systems to use. The closest thing so far is the fuel cell yet doesn't produce the amount needed. If you have watched a program called NOVA in one of their series they talked about this subject. In the program they showed where they could deep freeze a metal object and then it would levitate. This is similar to the system but not it. I can not disclose what or how it works. I can say with certainty that once the energy production side of the equation is figured out, star travel just like in Star Wars will be here.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm a Lamborghini/ Buggati man. This is the first and only Ferrari I've ever found mildly interesting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am sitting here smirking at how absolutely ridiculous that whole idea/concept is,ok let's take a perfectly fine Ferrari and make it fly(somebody requires immediate cranial-rectal extraction surgery). I thought it was September 11th, not April 1st. If it so important for our rich Russian friend to avoid traffic, then try a helicopter (at least that falls inside the realm called reality and you can be guaranteed that it was designed from the get to fly).
      jking
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great--lousy drivers in the third dimension. It's raining bad drivers!!
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