I just saw this come out, Goodyear's Tire-Propeller Concept – a combination tire that can also act as propeller (well, more like a ducted fan I guess).
There's a neat video that goes with it, describing how the fan blades need to bend while being used as a tire. (Otherwise, one winter in New England would take them out!)
Any ideas how fast something with say four 18 inch diameter wheel/propellers, and 3-4 inch fan blades, would have to spin to generate enough downforce to actually get 2000 pounds off the ground?
The weight is the vehicle with 4 motors, 300 pounds of batteries, 600 pounds of passengers & baggage; comparable to my 2500 lb max gross weight airplane, but with weight savings of no wings or tail structure, and batteries vs fuel. 4 motor/fans, and allowing (requiring?) the lift off process to be from a stop, so that all 4 motor/fans could be rotated from road use to propeller use (vs rolling on 2 like the video shows). I imagine 14,000 RPM or some high speed would make quite a lot of noise, compared to the takeoff noise of my 180 horse power engine and 86 inch propeller.
The Moller Skycar seemed quite noisy for a comparison.