Volkswagen launches prototype for “Flying Tiger” electric flying car

Automotive company Volkswagen has launched a fully-working prototype for an automated flying car, an electric vehicle nicknamed the Flying Tiger, which the company describes as a “state-of-the-art passenger drone prototype.”

Volkswagen China, the German car brand’s Chinese division, collaborated with British design consultancy Tangerine and Chinese aviation manufacturer Sunward on the first fully working prototype as part of its efforts to break into the urban air mobility market.

This is the first time that Volkswagen has ventured into aircraft design.

Officially called VMO but dubbed the Flying Tiger due to its black and gold livery, the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) prototype looks similar to a helicopter, with eight rotors fixed upwards to allow the aircraft to take off and land vertically.

Two rear propellers enables the electric aircraft to fly horizontally on its journey.

Its cross-shaped wing configuration measures 11.2 metres in length and spans 10.6 metres in width. The electric aircraft’s black-and-gold design was created to commemorate the fact that it launched in the Year of the Tiger.

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