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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Honda Fuzo Flying Car Concept

Set in the year 2068, the Fuzo concept comes from designer John Mahieddine, and is intended to be a sci-fi VTOL flying car. No news on the power source but we're guessing it'll be an EV.

The vehicle drives like a regular car with the 'landing gear' down. To take to the air the wheels on the car retract, folding into ducts in the bodywork and as the wheels have fan blade shaped spokes the wheels themselves become ducted fans for Vertical Take Off and Landing.

The Fuzo is said to be theoretically capable of a maximum speed around 400 mph. The three-seat concept is kept lightweight by the use of materials like carbon fiber, Kevlar and carbon nanotubes.

The controls are joystick based, the left allows the car to spin on its axis, while the right handles tilt and direction. There are two foot pedals to control power and brakes. The car can be fully controlled by a fly-by-wire system using GPS; safety will mainly be handled by parachutes and airbags.

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