This Is a Real Flying Car From DeLorean, But Doc Brown Had Absolutely Nothing to Do With It
Where we’re going we don’t need roads.
The DeLorean Aerospace DR-7 is a single-seat hot-rod of an airplane, one that uses a pair of vectored thrust electric fans to provide lift for vertical takeoffs and thrust to propel the plane forward at speed.
Unlike drones, which use a circle of fans, (or a line of them on the wing) the DR-7 has just two, mounted fore and aft along the plane’s centerline for minimal drag and maximum speed.
Once lifted aloft by the fans, as they tilt forward and the DR-7 gains speed its stubby wings provide lift and the fans become propellers, much like the system on the Marine Corps V-22 Osprey.
But while the Osprey is big and loud, the DR-7 is small and enjoys the quiet provided by electric motors.
The canard wing design is resistant to aerodynamic stalls, lending the DR-7 a measure of safety in flight.
The best part is that you won’t have to rig up a lightning-strike charging system to avoid being stranded in the DR-7!