Is it over for the Moller SkyCar?

by James

Moller m400

“Where are the flying cars?! They promised me flying cars!” That was the infamous lament of actor Avery Brooks in a popular IBM commercial a few years back and he has a point. Where are the flying cars? Well, we’ve seen many announcements that they’re coming with the most famous is the Moller Sky Car. Now it seems that with losing over 40 million in development costs, even Moller executives are leery about the prospects for the future of their flying car.

The handwriting for Moller has been on the wall for awhile now. With promises of production right around the corner and countless delays, it wasn’t looking good for the M400. Even with a listing in the famous Neiman-Marcus catalog – the exclusive department store of the rich and famous – the skycar with a $100,000 price tag hasn’t generated enough presale interest. After which, a major warning sign came when Moller auctioned the M400 prototype on eBay to help pay it’s mounting debts. But that failed to generated the needed 3.5 million dollar minimum bid.

Still, even though the publicly traded company posted an $80,000 loss for last quarter, that is substantially down from the nearly half million lost the previous quarter. Still, the technical hurdles the Moller M400 has to surmount are extremely daunting. The M400 relies on a computer controlled autopilot, and 8 new rotary engines which rotate for a change in axis of flight from forward to hover. The same tilt rotor development nightmare that nearly killed the V22 Osprey.

And with such a vast amount of money lost in development, executives of the flying car company now say that without a substantial infusion of cash to continue operations it’s highly unlikely the Moller M400 will ever take to the skies. Which means the closest anyone may get to it, is either reading about it in a Clive Cussler novel or seeing the prototype some day gathering dust in the Smithsonian Air & Space collection.

Video of what could’ve been can be seen here.

Source – Central Valley Business Times.

13 reviews or comments

YAN Gadget Gallery » Coolest Gadgets Says: November 21, 2007 at 4:51 pm

[…] Is it over for the Moller SkyCar? […]

WEE WILLIE WANKEL Says: December 26, 2007 at 1:50 pm

Nothing Moller has built has ever come close to flying as advertised. You won’t see his scam-mobiles anywhere close to the woderful and sucessful air vehicles honored in the Smithsonian. Moller has been living a delusional and parasitic lie for 40 years. The end couldn’t come soon enough for this old con-man.

Jim Says: September 14, 2008 at 11:26 am

40 million WHAT? What a badly written articale.

Sam Jew Says: November 15, 2008 at 6:14 pm

The obvious solution is to fly it like it’s supposed to be flown, without that bullshit tether. No guts, no glory.

David P.Curcione Says: February 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm

1. The Moller Sky Car Will limiate some of the Traffic on our roads too! By 0.75% too True! The Ground Car will soon be obersolote Vehicle of the Past Time in the U.S. to true! It Will Replaced The Helicopter Aircraft & Regular Smaller Air Planes Aircraft are Smaller Planes too! It will be big Change very Quick and alot buyers will like to learn to Fly it the Right way too! It will be and Change for the 21st Century too! It will be right thing to do it right to limiate Road Traffic Jams on our Highways in Country Roads too! This Car Lands Like a: helicopter & Flys like a Air Plane too! It speeds is 261 Knots too! True!!! Thank You, Agreed!!!!

PhillyC Says: April 5, 2012 at 7:41 am

Great! I’ve been following Moller for 30 years.
Big money must get involved with this. In theory it would work. Perhaps a Helicopter tether to test this vehicle should be used.

harold lloyd Says: April 29, 2012 at 11:24 am

The skycar could never have succeeded.

If one engine quit in the air, you died.
That’s why it never flew except on a tether.

The sound was like a hundred go-karts on steroids.
Incredibly loud.

Capt J Luvaro Says: April 30, 2012 at 11:51 am

Actually the Moller “Sky Car” scam has been going on for about 47 YEARS with NOTHING to show other than thousands of investors bilked out of tens of MILLIONS of dollars. It way past time that this scam & its’ perpetrator , “Dr” Moller, disappear. Both he & his “Sky Car”, (always promises in just another “2 to 3 years”), have become the joke of the aviation industry.

Willy Wankel Says: September 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm

The party at Moller goes on folks. Nothing new in ten years, yet he burns through about 4 thousand dollars a day, doing nothing. It’s a big, lying scam. He’s not fooling many people these days, thanks to the internet and a two-way flow of information. This old con-man is just about done. Good riidance.

harold Says: September 28, 2012 at 11:41 am

His insirance wouldn’t let him fly it without a tether, and the video was from 2006.
The real thing that made the Moller a non-starter was the noise. The video minimizes it, but it makes an unbelievable racket. Think of multiple supercharged leaf blowers.
And the engine failure problem. If one engine fails, you go down like a brick.

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