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Old 08-08-2011, 05:04 PM   #170 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by NeilBlanchard View Post
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An Illustrated History Of Automotive Aerodynamics – In Three Parts | The Truth About Cars
By Paul Niedermeyer on February 14, 2010
Well, then I thank both of you.

Out of the ballpark, or out of his mind?

Burt Rutan
Aerospace innovator retired in April, but not before designing a new roadable aircraft
Unveiled: Burt Rutan's Final Creation Is A Flying Car | Popular Science

The Model 367 BiPod is a dual-fuselage, hybrid electric car-plane, which engineers at Scaled took from a preliminary design to first flight in just four months. It made its maiden trip March 30, just before Rutanís official retirement. The company says it has made several short jaunts off the runway at Mojave, Calif., building up enough speed with the drive train to take off without propellers, which have not been installed yet.

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BiPod - Rutan's Latest, and Last

Span is 31ft 10in with wings attached, and 7ft 11in with the wings removed and stowed between the fuselages. As an aircraft, it is designed to cruise at 200mph and fly for around 530 miles in higher-power mode and up to 760 miles at 100mph. As a car, the BiPod is designed for freeway speeds, urban driving and garage storage, with a range of 820 miles on a tank of gas and 35 miles on batteries alone.
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