Flying Tiger is around 37 feet (11.2 meters) long by 35 feet (10.6 meters) wide and can carry four passengers plus luggage over a distance of up to 120 miles (200 km) without a pilot when complete, according to VW.
The prototype features eight rotors for vertical lift and two propellers for horizontal flight.
Volkswagen Group China will conduct several flight tests later this year to optimize the concept, and an improved prototype will undergo further advanced test flights by late summer 2023, according to the company.
The mind child of three companies
Dr. Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO of Volkswagen Group China, said, “Through this pilot project, we are bringing Volkswagen’s long tradition of precision engineering, design, and innovation to the next level, by developing a premium product that will serve the vertical mobility needs of our future tech-savvy Chinese customers. Our long-term aim is to industrialize this concept and, like a ‘Flying Tiger,’ break new ground in this emerging and fast-evolving new mobility market.”