The DeLorean Aerospace DR7 is being developed by Paul DeLorean in Laguna Beach, CA. The DR7 features a futuristic monocoque fuselage design coupled with ducted fans for propulsion.
Stage of Development
There are no technical details released on the DR7 at this time, but from their website:
To bring the freedom and exhilaration of personal air transportation to the masses. With superior design and engineering, our advanced architecture provides a practical, elegant, and extremely safe alternative to conventional aircraft, with airport-free convenience.
For generations we have been promised a future of exciting options for sky travel, yet in the past century aircraft designs have changed little, with the best choices far out of reach for all but a select few military aviators or the extremely wealthy. At DeLorean Aerospace, we are actualizing the dream of practical and accessible air mobility with our DR-7 aircraft.
From DeLorean's product overview: Today, we have prioritized resource conservation and air quality over reducing road congestion and commute times... why not do both? Pairing a zero-emission modern electric power system with a lightweight yet highly stable platform, the vehicle that was once only of dreams - fast, efficient, and simple to operate, is finally becoming a reality.
The DR-7 has been designed with a number of unique technologies for improved safety and overall functionality. With an industry-first centerline twin vectoring propulsion system, stall-resistant canard design, and multiple patent-pending features, our aircraft is intrinsically safer. With an incredibly low drag coefficient, the DR-7 maximizes range under fully electric power. We have been issued U.S. patent #9,085,355, and have additional domestic and foreign patents pending.
Aircraft Type: Intercity VTOL, fixed wing
Powerplant: electric ducted fans (assumed)
Top Speed: undisclosed
Propeller Configuration: 2 rotating electric ducted fans
Passenger/Payload Capacity: 1 passenger
Autonomy Level: Semi-Autonomous
Our Take on the DR7
DeLorean Aerospace has a sleek concept with a reasonable estimate of the amount of work required to successfully bring it to market. Their biggest benchmark of success will be continued flight testing and refining of their 1/3rd scale proof of concept model. Check back in for updates on the progression of model testing and a possible announcement that DeLorean has begun design and build work on its full-size model.