A future flying automobile capable of reaching heights of over 8,000 feet and speeds of over 100 miles per hour is the stuff of science fiction.
However, the inventor’s goal came true when the ‘AirCar’ accomplished its maiden inter-city trip in Slovakia.
After landing, the vehicle was converted into a sports car in under three minutes before being driven to Bratislava’s city center on Monday.
Professor Stefan Klein designed the AirCar Prototype 1, which features a 160-horsepower fixed-propeller engine and was built by the Slovakian business KleinVision.
It can be seen driving along a runway before rising into the air in incredible footage. It then lands, folds its wings, and travels down a highway until it reaches the center of Slovakia’s capital.
According to KleinVision, the 35-minute flight from Nitra to Bratislava marked a significant development milestone that brings the project closer to production.
The AirCar, which has already completed more than 40 hours of test flights, is being marketed as a pleasure and self-driving vehicle, as well as a commercial taxi service, according to its creators.
It has a BMW engine and can carry two persons. It operates on normal petrol-pump gasoline.
The future vehicle’s pricing has yet to be announced, but it is expected to be seen in the air and on the roads by next year at the very latest.
After exiting the AirCar cockpit, Professor Klein stated, “This flight ushers in a new age of dual mobility vehicles.”
‘It establishes a new model of mobility and restores to the person the freedom once ascribed to automobiles.’
‘AirCar is no longer simply a proof of concept; flying at 8,200ft at a speed of 100mph, it has converted science fiction into a reality,’ said Anton Zajac, co-founder of Klein Vision.
The AirCar has unfurling wings and a single propeller in the back. When the car is on the road, the wings fold up and the vehicle takes up the same amount of area as a standard parking place.
‘The automated transition from a road vehicle to an air vehicle, including deploying and retracting wings and tail, is not only the result of pioneering enthusiasm, innovative spirit, and courage; it is also the result of excellent engineering and professional knowledge,’ said Dr. Branko Sarh, a former Boeing expert.
The AirCar’s stability and control have been intended, according to the creators, to be available to any pilot with no particular training.
They aim to install the plane with a more powerful engine after all of the legally needed flying testings are done, and they expect to have it available for sale within the next 12 months.
The pre-production AirCar Prototype 2 will be powered by a 300-horsepower engine and will have a cruise speed of 300km/h (186mph) and a range of 1,000km (621 miles).
Here are the specs of the auto-air-Mobile;
Engine: Prototype 1 has a 160-horsepower fixed-propeller engine but Prototype 2 will be equipped with a 300-horsepower engine.
Top speed: 300km/h (186mph)
Range: 1,000km (621 miles)
Price: Not yet revealed
Available to buy: Within 12 months
- Futuristic Car: KleinVision