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Samson Motors has joined the race to have the first flying cars in the skies, with the world’s first 200mph (320km/h) flying sports car, dubbed the Switchblade.
The Switchblade can cruise at an altitude of 13,000 feet and at a top speed of 200mph and is fitted with a safety parachute.
Samson Motors claims the car will be ready for launch in spring 2018, with prices starting at £90,000 ($120,000).
The Switchblade is a three-wheel car, designed by Oregon-based Samson Motors.
The car has two seats, and on the ground is 5.1 metres long.
But it also has extendable wings and a retractable tail that fold out, taking the car’s length to 6.2 metres, meaning it can be used both on the road and in the sky.
On the ground, the Switchblade’s top speed is 100mph (160 km/hour), while in the sky it can reach speeds of 200mph (320 km/hour).
Unlike vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles, the Switchblade can’t takeoff from the road, and will need to be flown from regular airports.
A spokesperson for Samson said: ‘You can drive the Switchblade to any public airport to take off, and may land at the same, or any other, public airport.
‘You can also take off and land from any private airport where you have privileges.’
In terms of engine, the Switchblade is powered by a 190bhp liquid-cooled 1.6-litre V4 engine, which gives the car a range of around 450 miles from the 113-litre fuel tank.