Cartivator Skydrive to light 2020 Olympic flame?

+VIDEO A group of car and aerospace engineers in Japan are working on an after-hours project to develop a flying car, the Cartivator Skydrive.

They plan to launch Skydrive at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games by driving into the stadium, changing into flying mode and taking off to light the Olympic flame!

As outlandish as it sounds, car giant Toyota is backing the project with $350,000 and the engineers plan to have a production version on sale in 2025.

Cartivator Skydrive
Cartivator team with scaled model of Skydrive.
Cartivator Skydrive
The team deem this the ‘flying chair’ and small size of the Skydrive can be seen here. Twin props are contained within each ducted fan.
Cartivator Skydrive
This is no garage project! It has the backing of Toyota among others.
Cartivator Skydrive
It flies! The scaled model takes to the air.

Few technical details have been released but illustrations show eight ducted propellers, two at each corner. The team has flown a scaled model version so far, which looks just like a streamlined drone.

Skydrive is relatively small compared to some other flying car projects, at just under 3 metres in length, 1.3m wide and 1.1m height. It’s planned to have a max flight speed of 100kph (62mph) and a max road speed of 150kph (93mph).

Cartivator Skydrive

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