Flying Car Flies From London To Africa
The concept looks cool.Just driving it in traffic would be a show stopper. The fact page on this aircraft/car doesn't show certain things, like "Take Off Distance", Red Line, Yellow Line, Stall, Octane stuff, and um, the ceiling at 15K? With an open Cock Pit? The car looks like a Tube Frame Sand Buggy, nice. I didn't know that Rotax had a automotive transmission for their power plants, interesting. I also have a couple questions like, "IFR Capable?" Or is this just only a "VFR" kind of car? I didn't see the word "Experimental" on side of car; why? The "why" reason could be a very cool price worthy answer.
We don't have to put experimental on the side of EAA type aircraft in Europe (don't know about Africa, but I suspect a similar situation). All we need is a plaque somewhere in the cockpit. Experimental craft and IFR don't really mix here though, can you fly IFR in experimental aircraft in the US?
Then again, at least in certain countries you wouldn't even need to do that for something like this. Depending on empty weight etc, it could well be a microlight/ultralight.
Don't really see what the big deal is about this though, seen plenty of similar in the past. I think the flyke is cooler, actually. (http://www.freshbreezeusa.com/flyke.htm)
VW Concept Microcar Gets 235 MPG
Here's how a SmartCar will fare against a brick wall:
The problem is not that of the car breaking or not, it's how it manages to decelerate without subjecting your body to forces that it cannot survive. Many SUVs suffer problems in this department, because they are simply too hard. If you hit a brick wall with them, they stop, which might well kill you. Same with the SmartCar, but unless you really hit it straight on it's likely to bounce off in some direction, and then decelerate as it hits stuff. An SUV will probably not.
On the other hand, SUVs are going out of style in the US in a big way right now, and will probably not be around much longer. Just check the price of crude oil from 2001 to the present day.