The Canadian startup’s new Cavorite X5 prototype is easily one of the best looking eVTOLs we’ve seen. But the craft isn’t just a looker; it also has an impressive flying range as well as room for five adults, easily making it one of the more spacious options in development.
The result is a gorgeous canard-style plane with two sets of wings, a smaller forewing up front and a larger main wing in the rear, positioned just behind the cabin’s head-turning gull-wing doors. When taking off and landing, both the vehicle’s wings open up to reveal a hidden set of ducted fans that allow the craft to function as a 16-rotor, multicopter. When in forward flight, the wings close up and offer the same aerodynamic performance as any other plane. The Transformer-like wings reduce the number of separate components, allowing for a sleeker overall design.
Th interior of the Cavorite X5 is also impressive. At the head of the cabin is a single pilot seat, with two rows of two passenger seats behind it. These seats can also be removed if you need more cabin space.
For lift, the aircraft features a hybrid-electric powertrain. The bulk of the power comes from a LS V8 engine, which allows it to reach a top speed of 215 mph and travel up to 310 miles on a charge, with a full load of passengers and cargo. If you’re flying solo, without any people or cargo, you can stretch that number to a very respectable 625 miles.
For now, the Cavorite X5 is still in the concept stage. But Horizon is currently at work on a 1:6 scale model, with hopes of testing a half-scale aircraft within the next 12 months. If all goes to plan, the startup hopes to start selling a low-volume production kit plane to hobbyists and enthusiasts by 2024.
From Robb Report USA