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Production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car shown in Geneva

There will only be 90 Pioneer editions made, and $25,000 non-refundable deposits are now being taken for a spot on the build schedule, with an option call some nine months prior to delivery.
There will only be 90 Pioneer editions made, and $25,000 non-refundable deposits are now being taken for a spot on the build schedule, with an option call some nine months prior to delivery.
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The 9-only, limited-edition PAL-V Pioneer will cost $600,000 and the subsequent Liberty Sport edition comes in at $400,000.
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The 9-only, limited-edition PAL-V Pioneer will cost $600,000 and the subsequent Liberty Sport edition comes in at $400,000.
There will only be 90 Pioneer editions made, and $25,000 non-refundable deposits are now being taken for a spot on the build schedule, with an option call some nine months prior to delivery.
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There will only be 90 Pioneer editions made, and $25,000 non-refundable deposits are now being taken for a spot on the build schedule, with an option call some nine months prior to delivery.
The 90-only, limited-edition PAL-V Pioneer will cost $600,000 and the subsequent Liberty Sport edition comes in at $400,000.
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The 90-only, limited-edition PAL-V Pioneer will cost $600,000 and the subsequent Liberty Sport edition comes in at $400,000.
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The  limited-edition PAL-V Pioneer will cost $600,000 and the subsequent Liberty Sport edition comes in at $400,000
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The  limited-edition PAL-V Pioneer will cost $600,000 and the subsequent Liberty Sport edition comes in at $400,000
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
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The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
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The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
Driving the PAL-V will simply be a matter of having a drivers license, but if you wish to fly the vehicle, you'll need a full pilot's license and the cost of obtaining said license is apparently part of the price tag. We're unsure whether existing pilots will get a discount, because they are surely the initial target market.
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Driving the PAL-V will simply be a matter of having a drivers license, but if you wish to fly the vehicle, you'll need a full pilot's license and the cost of obtaining said license is apparently part of the price tag. We're unsure whether existing pilots will get a discount, because they are surely the initial target market.
The maximum operating altitude is 3,500 m, a range of 500 km and a top speed of 180 km/h. The Liberty requires 330 meters of take-off distance and a landing roll distance of 30 meters.
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The maximum operating altitude is 3,500 m, a range of 500 km and a top speed of 180 km/h. The Liberty requires 330 meters of take-off distance and a landing roll distance of 30 meters.
In road mode, the PAL-V Liberty is a tilting three wheeler that looks like a lot of fun. Originally derived from a tilting roadster three wheeler, its 99 hp engine is good for a top-seed of 160 km/h.
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In road mode, the PAL-V Liberty is a tilting three wheeler that looks like a lot of fun. Originally derived from a tilting roadster three wheeler, its 99 hp engine is good for a top-seed of 160 km/h.
Never mind keeping up with the Jones. There will only be 90 Pioneer editions made for the global market, and $25,000 non-refundable deposits are now being taken for a spot on the build schedule, with an option call some nine months prior to delivery. $600,000 gets you one.
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Never mind keeping up with the Jones. There will only be 90 Pioneer editions made for the global market, and $25,000 non-refundable deposits are now being taken for a spot on the build schedule, with an option call some nine months prior to delivery. $600,000 gets you one.

The quest to become the world's first commercially available flying car is one that will go down to the wire when legal, safety and regulatory hurdles have been overcome and the first owner settles into the seat. Understandably, the contest is fierce with several flying cars appearing at motorshows of recent times, but the big draw card at Geneva for flying cars was the final production version of the PAL-V.

The Pal-V Liberty is claimed to be the world's first production-ready flying car and the company says it is working on the final certification process for the tilting, two-seat, three-wheel gyrocopter to become legal for flight.

The specs are apparently now set in concrete (titanium?), and there's a premium for the limited-edition US$600,000 PAL-V Pioneer and the subsequent $400,000 Liberty Sport edition.

The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show

There will only be 90 Pioneer editions made, and $25,000 non-refundable deposits are now being taken for a spot on the build schedule, with an option call some nine months prior to delivery.

The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show

Similarly, the deposit for the Liberty Sport edition is non-refundable but comes in at $10,000.

The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show
The production-ready $600,000 Pal-V Pioneer Flying Car at the Geneva Motor Show

Driving the PAL-V will simply be a matter of having a drivers license, but if you wish to fly the vehicle, you'll need a full pilot's license and the cost of obtaining said license is apparently part of the price tag. We're unsure whether existing pilots will get a discount, because they are surely the initial target market.

Driving the PAL-V will simply be a matter of having a drivers license, but if you wish to fly the vehicle, you'll need a full pilot's license and the cost of obtaining said license is apparently part of the price tag. We're unsure whether existing pilots will get a discount, because they are surely the initial target market.
Driving the PAL-V will simply be a matter of having a drivers license, but if you wish to fly the vehicle, you'll need a full pilot's license and the cost of obtaining said license is apparently part of the price tag. We're unsure whether existing pilots will get a discount, because they are surely the initial target market.

Pilots understand the safety issues of aircraft already, and they'll be more than happy to undergo the manual transformation of the Liberty from road to flight mode, which involves between five and 10 minutes of labor and checks.

The maximum operating altitude is 3,500 m, a range of 500 km and a top speed of 180 km/h. The Liberty requires 330 meters of take-off distance and a landing roll distance of 30 meters.
The maximum operating altitude is 3,500 m, a range of 500 km and a top speed of 180 km/h. The Liberty requires 330 meters of take-off distance and a landing roll distance of 30 meters.

Once airworthy, the two-seat PAL-V Liberty will have a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 910 kg, and baggage and fuel capacities (max 100 liters) will be dependent on the weight of the passengers.

The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car
The production-ready Pal-V Liberty Flying Car

The maximum operating altitude is 3,500 m, a range of 500 km and a top speed of 180 km/h. The Liberty requires 330 meters of take-off distance and a landing roll distance of 30 meters.

In road mode, the PAL-V Liberty is a tilting three wheeler that looks like a lot of fun. Originally derived from a tilting roadster three wheeler, its 99 hp engine is good for a top-seed of 160 km/h.
In road mode, the PAL-V Liberty is a tilting three wheeler that looks like a lot of fun. Originally derived from a tilting roadster three wheeler, its 99 hp engine is good for a top-seed of 160 km/h.

In road mode, the PAL-V Liberty is a tilting three wheeler that looks like a lot of fun. Originally derived from a tilting roadster three wheeler, its 99 hp engine is good for a top-seed of 160 km/h.

Source: PAL-V

5 comments
Douglas Bennett Rogers
Lean-to-turn could make it a lot lighter by keeping the load in the plane of the wheels.
ljaques
I don't think I want to know what the insurance will cost for that, for either air or land.
riczero-b
I like gyroplanes, simple and capable; but this has a joint/ hinge halfway down the rotor and I wouldn't feel safe with that construction.
Vernon Miles Kerr
I think this whole design is about a half-century late. I wouldn't classify it as a flying car but rather a highway-drivable rotor craft. I assume one would have to be a licensed pilot with maybe even a helicopter rating to fly it. The real flying car will probably be so redundantly computer-controlled, with multiple small rotors or ducted fans, that someone with a simple driver license with an extra endorsement would be able to jump in and go to the grocery store. This design is anachronistic, a throw-back.
Paulinator
It was novel and slick when it was first unveiled, but the development cycle was too long in this rapidly changing world. It's been over-matched by newer technologies offered at a fraction of the cost.