You may have seen cars fly by in real life or on video, but at a demonstration this week, the Japanese saw a flying bike passing behind them or swaying in the air. Japanese company ALI Technologies, which has been developing flying bikes for some time, has released a demonstration flight video of the XTURISMO Limited Edition, the world’s first practical hover bike. Hover bikes demonstrated during a demonstration at a racing track in Fuji.
ALI Technologies has started accepting bookings for the XTURISMO Limited Edition from 26th October. The company will develop only 200 units of this flying bike. The XTURISMO Limited Edition is priced at 77.7 million yen (approximately Rs 5.10 crore). This includes taxes and insurance premiums.
During the demonstration, the XTURISMO Limited Edition flying bike was seen soaring through the air in front of the grandstand at the Fuji Racing Track. It was also seen slowly forming an eight-shaped figure in the air.
What’s special about a flying bike?
The XTURISMO Flying Bike or Hover Bike is powered electrically with an internal combustion engine (which runs on petrol). The company aims to bring a full electric version of this flying bike by 2025.
The weight of the XTURISMO flying bike is around 300 kg. The flying bike measures 3.7 meters in length, 2.4 meters in width and 1.5 meters in height. At present, only one pilot can sit in it.
According to the company, the cruising time of a flying bike is 30 to 40 minutes. Although the maximum speed of the hover bike has not been announced by the company yet, it was seen flying at a speed of around 100 kmph during the demonstration.
“We started developing hover bikes in 2017,” said Desuke Katano, president and CEO of ALI Technologies. Wind mobility is expected to accelerate in the future, but is expected to be used first in the ocean and mountainous areas during disasters. I am happy to present this as the first phase of XTURISMO.
The company said that the delivery of the first unit of this limited edition flying bike will start in the first six months of next year.