Inventor Paul Moller said that today’s economics give each M400 flying car a theoretical price tag of around half a million dollars, but in volume production it could drop to $300,000 and in really large volumes to below $50,000.
It’s just a prototype, but judging by the queues of eager children – of all ages – that clustered around his M400 SkyCar, he has the hit of the show. Moller has spent $200 million and many years of his life on this quixotic venture. We’ll share the latest specifications with you.
The M400 needs 35 clear feet to take off but thanks to its 770 hp engine can whiz to 365 mph – cruise control kicks in at 326 mph – and climb at 6,400 feet per minute. You may hear it before you see it: it emits a rather noisy 65 dba at 500 feet. Interestingly, with a fuel consumption of 20 miles to the gallon on the road, it’s rather more economical than a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and looks positively eco-friendly compared to a Hummer.