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We’ve Officially Reached the Age of the Flying Car

The New Pal-V Liberty Goes From Ground to Air In Under Ten Minutes

By Thompson Brandes ·
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There you are, stuck in maddening rush hour traffic. You haven’t moved in ten minutes and you’ve got places to go. As one does in these situations, you lean over to your driving companion and say, “Man, I wish we could just push a button and fly right over all this nonsense.” Your friend pauses, stares directly back at you, and gives you a knowing smile. And then—much to your surprise, because you failed to see the giant helicopter rotor sticking out of his car, he presses a button and boom: you fly right over all that nonsense.

Such is a day in the life of Pal-V Liberty owners, who can definitively claim to own the world’s first flying car.

Pal-V

The sleek Italian-designed and Dutch-engineered contraption is part car, part chopper and part airplane. It’s got self-stabilization and dual engines, allowing you to crank this sucker up to 100 mph on the road and 112 mph in the air at altitudes up to 11,000 feet. And while the transition from ground to air isn’t quite as seamless as pushing a button, it takes all but 10 minutes to prepare for takeoff.

The Pal-V will cost you a reasonable $300,000. But at the very least, road trips and treks to the ballgame will be a little more badass. Though, where you're going, you don't need roads. 

Thompson Brandes is getting sucked into another Jurassic Park movie on AMC right now.

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