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Famous names enter the race for flying cars

Rolls Royce and Aston Martin unveil their flying car concept vehicles

Rolls-Royce has shown an EVTOL concept car that it says could be flying in the next decade.
Rolls-Royce has shown an EVTOL concept car that it says could be flying in the next decade.
Aston Martin's Volante Vision concept is also a VTOL craft meant for urban operations.
Aston Martin's Volante Vision concept is also a VTOL craft meant for urban operations.

Two famous names in motoring, Rolls Royce and Aston Martin, have entered the race for flying cars, with the unveiling of their new concept vehicles.

Rolls Royce, the engine company rather than the luxury car maker, has shown off its new concept electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) vehicle at the Farnborough International Airshow 2018.

The aircraft can carry four or five passengers, at speeds up to 250mph with a range of 500 miles without charging. Rolls Royce says that craft could be utilised for personal or public transport, or logistics and military applications and is based upon technologies that already exist or are currently under development. It could take to the skies as soon as the early 2020s.

The tilt wing craft has six electric propulsion units, powered by a single Rolls Royce M250 gas turbine, with electric battery for energy storage. The M250 is a proven engine, with over 31,000 having been made, clocking up over 250 million flying hours in fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.

The company says the concept is part of its strategy to ‘champion electrification'.

Less details are available about Aston Martin's concept flying car, the Volante Vision, but it has been conceived in partnership with Rolls-Royce, along with Cranfield University and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions.

The Volante Vision is a VTOL concept, using hybrid-electric power, which is intended for urban use, and possible autonomous operation.