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Rolls-Royce Planning To Manufacture Flying Taxi

Rolls-RoyceHere in the UK and in many other countries around the world, some of the roads are becoming so congested that it can prove difficult to get from A to B on time in a normal vehicle such as a car. This is a particular inconvenience if you are the owner of a business and need to get to an important meeting by a specific time that could have a negative financial impact if you do not arrive as scheduled.

Unfortunately, not many companies are able to afford to buy a helicopter to transport their senior executives a couple of hundred miles from one city to another or to get them from one side of London to the other for an important meeting with a potential new client.  Whilst taxi drivers do the best that they can to get people to their destinations and know many alternative routes, they sometimes cannot avoid the many traffic jams we encounter here in the UK almost on a daily basis.

Well, it sounds like Rolls-Royce that is renowned for building luxury cars and aircraft engines amongst other things is hoping to change all that. This is because the company is looking to build an aircraft that could, amongst other things, be used as a flying taxi.

It is an EVTOL that stands for Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing aircraft and it is hoped that such a vehicle will be available for commercial use in the early to mid 2020s. The concept has been unveiled at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow.

An M250 gas turbine is utilised to produce electricity that provides the power for six propulsion/lift motors. The wings will be able to rotate 90 degrees to allow for vertical landing and take off as well as forward propulsion. It is estimated that the vehicle could transport up to 5 people a distance of around 500 miles at a speed of up to 250 mph. So, with that sort of range, it could be used for trips in the UK and for getting to other European countries.

Potentially, the EVTOL could have many different uses in addition to providing a taxi service. For instance, it could be used by the military, on a personal basis, and for moving cargo.

We wish Rolls-Royce every success with this project and hope to see the EVTOL take to the skies in the not too distant future. We will keep you updated.

Classic Tractor Breaks UK Auction Record

Classic Tractor Last month Cheffins Cambridge Vintage Sale took place at which a classic tractor was sold for £86,100 with this being a record price at an auction here in the UK. The vehicle in question was a Matbro Mastiff built in 1963 and had a guide price of £40,000 that it significantly exceeded.

The above sale included vintage and classic motorbikes, tractors, cars and steam engines and, by the end of the day, in excess of £2 million of such vehicles had been auctioned. Several thousand people attended from various countries around the world no doubt creating competitive bidding.

There were also a number of other classic vehicles that achieved record prices such as the £63,000 that was paid for a David Brown crawler tractor dating as far back as 1957.
There were also some interesting classic cars sold including a Rolls Royce 25/30 Light Tourer built in 1936 that went for £35,700 as well as a Mini Cooper MK1 built in 1966Cheffins Cambridge Vintage Sale that achieved a sale price of £14,700.
There were also some wonderful classic motorbikes for sale including a Scott Super Squirrel built in 1927 that achieved a sale price of £9, 396. An AJS Model 499cc manufactured in 1938 went for £11,340. There was obviously a great deal of interest as 92% of motorcycles were sold for in excess of their guide prices.

Classic steam engines were also a feature in the auction with two John Fowler Ploughing Engines that were constructed in 1918 achieving a total price of £147,000.

There is obviously a great deal of interest from around the world in classic vehicles of various types including the likes of steam engines, tractors, motorcycles and cars. Let us hope that this interest continues for many, many years.

If you are looking to insure your classic vehicle then why not get in touch with us so that we can discuss your requirements and seek to obtain a competitive quotation for your consideration.