Burlingame, California, USA
In 2017, the Hoversurf Formula was revealed as an eVTOL (Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft with 52 fans and folding wings.
The Formula employs only fixed fans. Twin rows of six fans (12 total) on either side forward and aft of the passenger compartment provide 48 fans for lift. Four larger fans behind the passengers are for cruise mode. Hoversurf uses its own free-piston engine (FPE) Venturi engine fans. A folding wing orients upwards when parked and provides significant lift in flight, allowing the craft to sit in an area no larger than a car parking space. While the fans can land and the wings offer control if there is vertical thrust failure, the Formula also has a state-of-the-art ballistic parachute.
The vehicle can be piloted or fly autonomously. The Formula has a speed of 250 km/h and a range of 300 km/h with 1.2 hours of flight time. Energy cost is computed to be $0.29/1 km. Vehicle cost is predicted to be under $100.000.
Two and four passenger models are planned beyond the current Formula prototype. The goal is for Hoversurf to use the Formula or its follow-ups for Air Transportation As A Service (ATAAS). Hoversurf is also engaged in the development of the updated Formula which lacks wings, the Drone Taxi R-1, and the Scorpion.
In December 2018 Hoversurf announced a partnership with MGM COMPRO which specializes in electronic speed controllers, battery management systems, propulsion systems, batteries and chargers.
- Hoversurf Inc website
- Article: Project Formula: Russian hoverbike creators take aim at VTOL flying car, New Atlas, October 29, 2017
- Article: Russian firm behind Dubai's police hoverbike reveals 'Project Formula' five seater flying taxi, Daily Mail, October 30, 2017
- Article: Hoversurf Formula: a 3D printed flying car that costs under $100K, 3ders, November 2, 2017
- Article: FAA Confirms Hoversurf S3 is Ultralight, evtol.news, Oct. 15, 2018
- Article: eVTOL Captures the Attention of CES Vertiflite, Mar/Apr 2019
- Article: Hoversurf at Dubai Airshow 2019, evtol.news, Nov. 24, 2019