Many companies are trying to build their own versions of flying cars to capture their share of the gigantic future market. They decided not to miss their chance in the Chinese Xpeng. A brand that competes with Tesla itself has not only developed the original version of the “air car”, but has already put it to the test. A video of the first flight of the X3 prototype is available for viewing online.
It shows how a massive and rather strange structure slowly rises up due to the work of several blades. It stabilizes at a height of about 9 meters and begins to move forward. And although the device looks like a child’s toy, the very fact of the flight makes one belief in the viability of the idea of using large propellers. The car, as reported in the video, weighs an impressive 1950 kilograms.
Most of that weight is batteries and accessories taking up space in the stretched case. The design of the aircraft raises many questions, but it is hard to argue with the fact that it is airworthy. In addition, the developers say that the rotors will fold, which will allow the X3 to be used like a normal car on the roads.
The seriousness of Xpeng’s intentions to create a commercial version of a flying car is confirmed by the fact that this is not their first attempt to achieve a result. Previously, the company showed a version of the X2, which looks less eccentric and more maneuverable due to its smaller dimensions.