Aeromobil: Sleek Slovakian Flying Car Takes its First Flight (Video)
It might not be the world’s first flying car, but it’s certainly the world’s prettiest airborne automobile. The Aeromobil Version 2.5 “road-able aircraft” is the second car we’ve seen take to the skies. Stefan Klein, the Slovakian lead designer behind the Aeromobil, announced the flying car’s first flight after developing the prototype over the last 20 years. It’s not just a flying marvel either – with a sleek bird-like design it’s a million times better looking than the Terrafugia TF-X. Hit the jump to see the Aeromobil in action!
Starting from the hood, the Aeromobil comes to a pointed front that resembles a bird’s beak. From there, the body expands into a curved canopy complete with a large, glass-covered cockpit. After that it has a slimming, streamlined profile that expands again to split into two vertical tails, which conceal the vehicle’s two rear wheels. The whole thing is about as long as a Ford flatbed truck at 19.6 feet-long, and it only weighs 980 pounds thanks to its steel tube frame and carbon fiber composite shell.
The vehicle is equipped with a 100 horsepower Rotax 912 water-cooled engine that sits behind the seats. On the ground, the Aeromobil can zip around at more than 100 mile per hour. When it’s flying though, the engine switches its gearbox to send power normally going to the front wheels to the back propeller. It also deploys its folding wings forward creating a wingspan that spans 27 feet. According to projected specifications, the airplane mode Aeromobil will be able to fly at a 124 mph top speed. Supposedly the range would also be roughly 430 miles while the engine eats up gas at a rate of 15.68 miles per gallon.
The Aeromobil you currently see is the just a prototype of the final third-generation Aeromobil 3. Klein and his investment partner, Juraj Vaculík hopes to show the prototype as a proof of concept to potential investors and manufacturers to make this car into a production reality. From there, Klein predicts it will take another two years to get the Light Sport Aircraft certification to get the Aeromobil into production.
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