We gave you the lowdown on Autogyros in Mondays’ MCG blog. In case you missed it here’s a litlle recap: Similar to helicopters, autogyros use a rotor to develop lift. Unlike a helicopter, the rotor is not powered by the engine. While a helicopter’s rotor is rotated by an engine during normal flight, the rotor of an autogyro is driven by aerodynamic forces through a phenomenon called autorotation. Since the rotor is not powered, an autogyro needs a separate source for propulsion, like an airplane. An engine-powered propeller, similar to that of a fixed-wing aircraft, may provide thrust for the autogyro, but it’s possible to use jet engines or some other propulsion as well.
This technology has been around since the early 20th century and by all rights, with safety and efficiency in mind should have been developed instead of the helicopter. Some of the reasons it was not were purely political. But we’ll talk about that more elsewhere.
The Autogyro Theo and Nosy built. It started out inspired by the Delorean, then we added a little Mustang, ’70′s model Charger stylings, and a little ’60′s Batmobile and came up with our own vehicle. We kept the idea of stainless steel for the body. Rather than a plane propeller or jets for propulsion we went with the air-car style fans mounted as wheels which retract back into the fenders for driving down the highways like a regular car. Also for highway driving the rotor blades will retract to a smaller size, fold back and store in the rotorblade housing that goes from the back of the vehicle through the roof to the front hood.