[YesAuto Wonderful Car Life] I don’t know if you still remember that Audi presented a concept car called Pop.Up NEXT at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. It is not so much a concept car as a concept speed car, Pop.Up NEXT is a flying concept car based on Pop.Up launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Its purpose is to solve the problem of urban traffic congestion. Audi intends to build it into an air taxi that does not require passengers to transfer.
In fact, it is not only Audi who wants to go to heaven, but many auto manufacturers have the idea of developing flying cars. However, Feitian does not seem to be easy to achieve. Recently, Audi announced that it would stop the research and development of the Pop.Up project and re-examine its partnership with Airbus. Pop.Up NEXT is divided into a flight module and a ground module. The flight module with four propellers looks more like an oversized drone, while the ground module with the front face resembling a hippo can even see some of Audi’s family design. For example, the taillights are very similar to the A8, reflecting the strength of Audi's “light factory”.
The flight module of Pop.Up NEXT is built by professional aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The four propellers are driven by electric energy, which allows it to achieve vertical take-off and landing. Equipped with a 70kWh battery pack, the electric motor can output a maximum power of 217 horsepower, and the maximum flying speed is 120km/h, but it can only fly 50 kilometers with a full charge. The ground module is equipped with a 15kWh battery pack, and the maximum power of two motors is 82 horsepower. It can travel about 130 kilometers at a time when it is fully charged.
Audi previously had high hopes for the Pop.Up project, but the challenge for the project is that the development cycle is too long, and it will take a long time to achieve mass production and put it into use. But don't regret it, Porsche has recently signed a memorandum of cooperation with Boeing, and the two parties will work together to develop flying cars. Many people think that the flying car in the movie is out of reach, but with the advancement of technology, it may become a part of your life in the near future. (The picture comes from Li Haopeng, the home of the network car