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Burt Rutan designs hybrid flying car

Burt Rutan designs hybrid flying car

Burt Rutan's Final Design at Scaled Composites – Model 367 "BiPod" Scaled Composites has developed a hybrid gasoline‐electric roadable aircraft as part of an internal research and development program with the intent of strengthening its electric propulsion capabilities. The aircraft, Scaled Composites Model 367 or "BIPOD," was the final design of Scaled's founder and former CTO, Burt Rutan, prior to his retirement in April 2011. Rutan had been toying with the idea of personal electric aircraft, including VTOL and roadable concepts, for at least a decade. The BIPOD program was conceived as a rapid, low‐cost electric test‐bed using as many COTS components as possible. During initial conceptual design studies, Scaled found that many of their propulsion system characteristics were well aligned with the drivetrain needs of a roadable vehicle and expanded the research program to...

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