A car that can literally fly! This little two-seater is a dream come true to big boys tinkering motors in their garages trying for a lift-off. The three-wheeled Helicycle is made to convert to a gyrocopter in 10 minutes and cruise in low altitudes below 4,000’.
Powered by a four-cylinder engine that generate 230 hp, this pocket-rocket can fly on air or drive on road at a top speed of 112 mph. As a street legal vehicle it can hurry from 0-62 mph just under 8 seconds due to the proprietary tilting system that provides the agility of a motorcycle.
According to the listing in Hammacher Schlemmer, Helicycle is not a helicopter. Its rotor is not powered and work differently than a helicopter as in “overhead rotor spins as a result of the forward motion of the vehicle to provide lift.” To takeoff it needs just 540’ of runway while landings takes just 100’. The body of the Helicycle is made from high-tech materials such as carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum. In motorcycle mode it weighs just 1,499 lbs and measures 13′ L x 5′ 3″ W x 5′ 3″ H.
It comes out on top in fuel efficiency. A full tank of 27 gallons provides a 220-mile flight range (750 miles on the road) making it ideal to fly from the Hamptons to Martha’s Vineyard for a day trip.
With just a dream and $395,000 you can buzz around your neighborhood if you have a Sports Pilot Certificate. Pilot Certificate is a requirement. Training is also included with the hefty price tag.
Source: Hammacher Schlemmer