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Samson Motors has designed the world’s first flying sports car, Switchblade, that can travel at a speed of up to 200mph and rise up to 13,000 ft heights. This could be obtained for 90,000 pounds next year.
It can transform from a normal car into an aircraft and back to sports car with the wings safely stowed and protected.
The Switchblade has side-by-side seating for two, room for 50 pounds of luggage (golf clubs, etc.), a wide cabin, and the power-to-weight ratio of a 2017 Corvette.
The Italian-inspired clean shape is designed to produce a down-force in gusty wind conditions, stabilizing the lightweight vehicle on the road.
The wings are set at the correct angle so you literally fly the plane off the runway! Landings are similar, in that you simply fly the vehicle onto the runway to land.
The Switchblade is a three wheel, street legal vehicle that you drive from your garage to a nearby local airport. Once there, the wings swing out and the tail extends in under 3 minutes.
Bryant Boon, actor and airline pilot, said, “The promise of the Switchblade is a quantum leap in personal transportation effectively transforming the mundane experience of A to B travel into the magical freedom of flight.”
California aviation enthusiast, Samson Investor, Marcia Winborne-Graven said, “Having grown up around aviation, I grew to love flying. Even though my late air racer brother Fred Sebby flew the older WWII fighter planes, I know he would have loved the Switchblade because of his extreme love of anything that flew and the fact that it will help put flying within the reach of many more people.”
Extendable wings and tail
Wings fully protected while driving
Redundant ignition and fuel systems
5-speed transmission for driving
Dual ground / air lighting systems
Digital instrument display
Premium sound system
Heating and air conditioning
Adjustable leather seats
Complete vehicle parachute
Front and rear crumple zones
Roll over protection
Front and rear disc brakes
Safety glass front windshield
Estimated GTOW 1,750 LB (Gross Take-off Weight)
Length 16.8 ft / 5.1 m (ground mode)
Length 20.2 ft / 6.2 m (flight mode)
Vehicle Width 6 ft / 1.8 m
Height 5.1 ft / 1.5 m
Wing span 26.9 ft / 8.2 m
Wing loading 26 psf / 127 kg/m2
Fuel capacity 30 gal. including reserve / 114 L
Maximum Airspeed 190 mph / 305 kph
Cruise speed 160 mph / 257 kph
Max driving speed 125+ mph / 201+ kph
Range 450 miles / 724 km
Fuel capacity 30 gal / 114 L
Take-off distance 1,100 ft / 335 m
Landing distance 1,600 ft / 488 m
Stall speed (with flaps) 67 mph / 108 kph
Max Takeoff Weight 1,750 lb / 794 kg
Payload 544 lb / 247 kg
Fuel economy on ground ~40 mpg / 17 km/L
Fuel economy in air ~9g/hr / 34 L/hr
Type Fuel 91 Octane Auto
Samson 190 hp liquid-cooled V4
CLASS OF AIRCRAFT
Experimental / Homebuilt class, requires the owner to build 51% of the vehicle. The kit is delivered to you majorly assembled. Should you desire professional assistance, one of our Builder Assist Centers will be able to help you complete the vehicle in as little as three weeks.
LICENSES REQUIRED TO OPERATE
On the ground you will need either an automobile license or a motorcycle license. Some regulations vary from location to location. In the air you will need a private pilot license.
STANDARD INSTRUMENT PACKAGE
ELT (Emergency Location Transmitter)
Video rear view monitor and cameras
Turn-by-turn Ground GPS
Glass cockpit (flight instruments)
- Dynon 7″ Skyview digital display
- iPad Mini
- Dynon radio and transponder
- Dynon Intercomm and GPS 2020 receiver compass
- AOA (Angle Of Attack) gauge
Winterized version including heated pitot tube, re-locatable ski racks, large capacity windshield de-ice and heated seats.
Ruggedized version including all standard features, all Snowbird features, beefed up landing gear, Garnet Tread Tires, reinforced frame, high-lift wing for Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) operation, and extra mounts for holding cargo in rugged terrain.
This ruggedized version includes all standard features, added ground clearance, beefed up landing gear, reinforced frame, high-lift wing for Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) operation, extra mounts for holding cargo in rugged terrain, and large-capacity radiators for hot climates.