During Monterey Car Week, Aska, a Northern Californian company, unveiled their prototype of the Aska A5, a flying car that they hope to produce within the next two to three years. Unlike other flying car concepts, the Aska A5 is capable of taking off vertically as well as horizontally, making it more versatile and able to operate in smaller spaces. The company plans to offer the Aska A5 as rentals or taxis, with 100 prospective buyers already placing reservations.
The Aska A5 is powered by six propellers, with four of them being able to rotate from a vertical to horizontal orientation for the transition from takeoff to flight. The flying car is also equipped with an electric motor at each rear wheel to boost acceleration during conventional take-off. It is powered by a 100.0-kWh battery pack, which can be supplemented by a gas-powered range extender.
To convert from flying configuration to driving configuration, the front and rear wings of the Aska A5 fold over the fuselage, a process that takes roughly one minute. However, the Aska A5 will not meet all the regulatory requirements to be fully street legal and will instead be registered as a neighborhood electric vehicle.
CEO and co-founder of Aska, Guy Kaplinsky, envisions the driving part of the journey to typically be fewer than 10 miles, just to reach an appropriate take-off location. He plans for the Aska A5 to be operated primarily as a rental or taxi service. The company has already started unmanned hovering tests as they work towards FAA approval.
With its unique capabilities and a relatively affordable price tag of $800,000, the Aska A5 offers a glimpse into the future of transportation. Aska aims to bring the dream of flying cars to reality within the next few years.
Dave VanderWerp. “The Aska A5 Flying Car Presents a Unique Twist on the Idea.” Car and Driver.