We first reported on the compressed air car last summer. Now it looks like Forbes is following our lead.
The Aircar appeared at the 2008 New York International Auto Show as a competitor for the Automotive X PRIZE.
Will the Aircar steal the thunder from the hybrids and hydrogen cars? It’s a little too soon to say . . .
In a May 2008 article, Forbes reported on Aircar’s recent developments. A manufacturer has signed on to produce the cars in the US, but no release date is scheduled.
The Aircars (available in France) can go 125+ miles without a refill and top out at about 70 mph. A former Formula One engineer is behind the project, so more oomph should be just a matter of more R&D.
The engine runs on air compressed to just over 4000 psi. Each car has an on-board compressor; however, a fill-up takes four hours. The Forbes article laments, “The car’s limited range would require plenty of fill-ups at compressed-air service stations, except those don’t exist.”
Something tells me the author is not a diver…
You can view the Aircar in action here: