Volkswagen unveils working prototype of Flying Tiger electric flying car

It looks tremendous.
  • The Flying Tiger eVTOL can travel at speeds of up to 200 km/h
  • It has a flying range of about 60 minutes
  • According to the Flying Tiger’s project manager, this is basically like an Uber for “urban elite” customers

Published on Feb 29, 2024 at 9:16PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Mar 1, 2024 at 1:49PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Adam Gray

This is the Flying Tiger, a flying car prototype unveiled by Volkswagen China.

Most flying cars look great but this is on a different level.

It looks absolutely spectacular.

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Flying cars are more than just vaporware.

So much so, there are even countries that are either adopting them or thinking about it.

From eVTOL-style vehicles to actual supercars that also happen to be airworthy like the Xpeng Aeroht, you’ve got plenty of choice.

The Flying Tiger looks better than most.

It was designed by Volkswagen’s Chinese division in partnership with Tangerine, a consultancy firm based out of the UK, and a Chinese aviation manufacturer called Sunward.

Like every other eVTOL, it can land and take off vertically (that’s actually what the acronym stands for), and there’s no need for a runway.

It is powered by two rear propellers and it’s relatively large for an eVTOL, measuring 11.2 meters in length and 10.6 meters in width.

Visually, it looks pretty sleek.

The black and gold livery of the electric aircraft is a tribute to the Year of the Tiger, which is what 2024 is according to the Chinese zodiac calendar.

Performance-wise, the Flying Tiger prototype is capable of reaching 200 km/h – 120 mph – and can fly up to 60 minutes on a charge.

According to VW China’s project manager Zhou Jin, this is designed for “urban elite” Chinese customers.

Sort of like an Uber, but nicer and more luxurious.

And definitely more expensive.

Volkswagen China hasn’t revealed a price point for a potential production model.

But it’s fair to assume it’ll be more than a VW UP or a VW Golf.

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