Aerwins Technologies, a startup based in Japan, made quite a stir at the Detroit auto show by unveiling their futuristic flying motorbike model. The striking design immediately brought to mind the epic sci-fi movie “Star Wars” for many attendees.
The model of the motorbike that can fly is known as Xturismo. It has a weight of approximately 299 kg and an airborne endurance of 40 minutes. Moreover, it can achieve a top speed of 100 km/h.
Xturismo boasts a body design reminiscent of a powerful motorcycle, featuring a hybrid gasoline-electric engine crafted by Kawasaki at its core. Instead of traditional wheels, Xturismo is uniquely outfitted with fans positioned at all four corners.
Aerwins Technologies has disclosed that the vehicle is constructed using lightweight materials and carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP).
Trad Szott, the co-chairman of the Detroit auto show, recently had the opportunity to test drive a flying motorbike. After his exhilarating experience, he expressed his enthusiasm by saying, “It was as if I had stepped into the world of ‘Star Wars’ at the age of 15 and had the chance to drive one of their incredible vehicles.”
The shared video of the flying motorbike demonstrates its impressive capability to operate smoothly and with stability in the air.
Please watch the video on YouTube at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX5Sm7ttt-k
The Xturismo, priced at a maximum of 777,000 USD, has already been launched and sold in Japan. However, Aerwins has intentions to introduce a scaled-down version of this flying motorcycle model in the United States by 2023.
Additionally, Aerwins intends to introduce a more compact electric vehicle model in 2025, specifically aimed at general customers. This model will be available at an affordable price point of approximately $50,000.
Hoverbikes in Japan are not classified as aircraft, allowing riders to forego the need for a specialized driver’s license. However, these vehicles are prohibited from operating on regular traffic routes. At present, hoverbikes are exclusively utilized by rescue teams to access remote and challenging locations during emergencies.