The Future is finally the present. The first-ever test flight between airports in Slovakia was accomplished by a prototype flying car. A hybrid car-aircraft is powered by a BMW engine and runs on petrol-pump fuel.
Prof Stefan Klein, its designer, stated that it could fly 1,000km (600 miles) at a height of 8,200ft (2,500m) and has recorded 40 hours in the air thus far.
The transformation from vehicle to aircraft takes two minutes and fifteen seconds.
On Monday morning, Prof Klein tested the car in front of reporters and took off from a runway. He stated that when the automobile was airborne, it flew at about 170km/h. According to the designer, the automobile can carry two passengers and has a combined weight restriction of 200kg.
“AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept,” Zajac said in the press release. “It has turned science fiction into a reality.”
Klein Vision, the company behind AirCar, claims the prototype took around two years to build and cost “less than 2 million euros” (£1.7 million) in investment.
According to Anton Zajac, an adviser and investor in Klein Vision, the company would be a great success if it could capture even a tiny fraction of worldwide airline or taxi sales.
“There are around 40,000 aircraft orders in the United States alone,” he added.
“And if we convert 5% of those to go from aircraft to flying cars, we have a big market.”
The company is developing the AirCar Prototype 2, which will include a 300 horsepower engine.
It is intended to have a range of 1,000 kilometers and a top speed of 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour).
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