Porsche Unveils Flying Car Plans

Mon 14th Oct 2019

German supercar manufacturer Porsche is pushing ahead with plans for a vehicle which will be able to achieve vertical take-off and land on top of skyscrapers.

Porsche have teamed up with aerospace giant Boeing to work on a range of flying cars which would revolutionise transport with electric-powered flying cars moving freely above the traffic jams in congested cities.

The two companies signed a non-exclusive memorandum of understanding last week, which sees them move towards the ‘premium urban air mobility market’ and the ‘extension of urban traffic into airspace’.

Many companies have investigated the possibility of flying cars, with collaborations with some of the biggest names in transport already announced. Uber are working in partnership with NASA, Audi is developing ideas with Airbus, while Hyundai announced just last week that they are going it alone to develop a flying car division in-house.

Boeing themselves have investigated the prospect of a flying car earlier this year but Steve Nordlund, vice resident at Boeing NeXt, said: "This collaboration builds on our efforts to develop a safe and efficient new mobility ecosystem, and provides an opportunity to investigate the development of a premium urban air mobility vehicle with a leading automotive brand.

"Porsche and Boeing together bring precision engineering, style and innovation to accelerate urban air mobility worldwide."

So far we know very little of the details of the Porsche and Boeing partnership, though concept images show a black space age vehicle with large wings and a huge exhaust, taking off from a skyscraper to demonstrate the versatility of vertical take offs.

Detlev von Platen, member of the executive board for marketing at Porsche, said: "Porsche is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility.

"In the longer term, this could mean moving into the third dimension of travel.

"We are combining the strengths of two leading global companies to address a potential key market segment of the future."