Bitterwallet’s Christmas List: No 22 – the Moller Skycar!

9 December 2009

Following an evening that saw the Bitterwallet team devour a whole suckling pig, indulge in a fist fight with a Polish drag troupe and drink all the beer in the world, we're in no fit state to be behind the wheel this morning. So it's just as well the Moller Skycar M400 has a joystick instead!

This phenomenon satisfies the ultimate dream of every man - the chance to be like Reed Richards in Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer - and it only costs £324,000. It has room for all the family, gets a respectable 28 mpg, will zip you to the shops at 380 mph and see you cruising at heights of up to 29,000 feet, where you'll die of cold and oxygen starvation long before you have to worry about making the next monthly payment:

Bitterwallet - flying cars! Woop!

Curiously, despite the fact the Skycar has been in development only for a couple of years, there are several pages of comments from satisfied owners testifying to its brilliance on Firebox. We're yet to see them in the skies above Blighty, like in The Fifth Element, although Andy swears blind he flew one last night with sensational pop combo The Saturdays in the back seat. He should be so lucky, eh readers?

[Firebox] thanks to Bitterwallet reader Graham


  • xman
    I think if you do a search you might find that company has gone bust and the car is no more
  • Chris
    @Xman You'll find the company is still alive, with a "recent news" item as recent as Monday 7th December 2009 according to the website. But of course, they would keep updating their site if they went bust, wouldn't they?
  • fella-tio
    welcome to 4 years ago its been on there for years! play used to sell a submarine too....I shit you not
  • Geoff
    And it's a virtual concept at that. The Register have been covering it for years:
  • Richard
    A couple of years? And the rest. Here is a copy of autocar with a road test from 1999
  • Eugene
    Actually, Moller has been trying to develop cars like this for over thirty years. During that time, some of them have hovered, but none of them have ever gone from hover to forward flight at any kind of speed, or done the reverse and gone from forward flight to hover. I don't doubt that a craft that flies on principles similar to this could fly (look up the X-hawk for a concept that looks like it might actually work). But I doubt that the Moller Skycar is such a craft, and the claims made for its performance are extremely suspect (especially considering that none of Mollers craft have ever done anything other than hover for a minute or so). Essentially, the Skycar is a marketing job -- Moller has been selling the concept of a impressive looking aircraft with attractive sounding performance and a predicted price within the reach of a lot of people that will eventually be flyable by anyone able to operate a car. Unfortunately, the actual craft appears to have the looks, but nothing else. Recent information suggests that the Moller company is in a near terminal financial situation. They are currently unable to refund what should have been refundable deposits placed on Skycars, and it sounds like the end of the company may not be far off.

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