As a pilot who has spent much time in streamlined fuselages, I am very excited to drive/pilot the Aptera. The lightweight body combined with electric torque could be a lot of fun! As a person who has to deal with icy roads and snowstorms, I generally take for granted a car's general aerodynamic neutrality during wind gusts and crosswinds. In an airplane, crosswind taxing, landings and takeoffs can be a handful in an aircraft that tends to weathervane into the wind. Adding in icy conditions and you have your hands full trying to keep the plane on the runway at speed, of course, it's manageable with differential braking, a steerable nose wheel, and that moveable rudder. (Go youtube icy landing) So, what about the Aptera which theoretically has two rudders upfront with those aerodynamic wheel pants/fenders? I have two concerns: #1 Aerodynamic Stability: A boat or an airplane has its rudder(s) at the tail for stability with the rudder far behind the center of gravity, like a weather vane. This ensures that an airplane is always pointed into the incoming air. With those large fenders ahead of the center of gravity, what is the aerodynamic stability of the Aptera? What could happen on an icy highway or while driving through standing water? Would the Aptera swing around backward, with those vertical surfaces acting as rudders, wanting to be behind the center of gravity? Imagine losing traction with a strong crosswind, what exactly would happen? #2 Crosswind Stability: Similar question, perhaps there's a thunderstorm microburst or Santa
Ana mountain winds or I am simply driving next to the front end of a semi-truck. In a lightweight vehicle with significant vertical surfaces on the front of that vehicle, am I going to be actively steering against the wind? What will that experience be like? As a pilot I may enjoy it but is your average Aptera driver going to be able to deal with countersteering against wind gusts and semi-trucks? Officially this is a motorcycle, will prospective owners be able to deal with such motorcycle limitations, precautions, and additional skill requirements?