Getting the first prototype will require US$20-40 million in funding. Each flying supercar will cost around 5-7 million. A basic corporate jet is $2 to 3 million. Getting certified for mass production would cost $2 billion. The initial plan is to get about ten buyers and each would own a working unit.
Most corporate jet flights are for less than 300 miles and only have 1 passenger. For regional intercity travel, the Firenze uses up to 5X less fuel than a typical corporate jet while offering far greater door-to-door speed, convenience, and flexibility.
Approximately 40% of corporate jet flights are empty as crews ferry the aircraft to pick up clients and deadhead aircraft to maintenance facilities. The Firenze eliminates this fuel burn because it can drive using the battery rather than fly deadhead legs.
EVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing) vehicles will replace helicopters for short-range metro helipad to helipad travel over the next 10 to 15 years. However, battery improvements will likely mean a passenger-carrying eVTOL will not be capable of intercity travel for at least 20 years.
This flying supercar will use two FJ33 jet engines with a total thrust of 4000 pounds.
Max range with IFR reserves: 750 nm/850 miles/1500 km
Airshow Profile: Sustained +5 G and momentary -2.5 G with rapid roll rates up to 360 degrees and max Q airspeed of 450 KIAS.
Short field approach speed of 110-120 KIAS at 7-8 degrees AOA, no flare landing, max deploy wing spoilers with max auto braking.
SOURCES- Firenze Lanciare
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com
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