A prototype flying car completed its 35-minute test flight between two international airports in Nitra and Bratislava, Slovakia.
AirCar, a hybrid car aircraft, features a BMW engine. It also uses regular petrol-pump fuel to run. Professor Stefan Klein, the founder, and CEO of Klein Vision is the man behind this invention. According to him, the flying car could fly nearly 1,000km at the height of 8,200ft. It has also clocked up a total of 40 hours in the air.
What it looks like
AirCar has a narrow set of wings that can fold down along its sides. Professor Klein himself drove it straight off the runway at a cruising speed of 170km/h. When used on land, the prototype can transform from an aircraft into a car in about two minutes and 15 seconds.
The car can cater to two people with a combined weight of no more than 200kg. However, unlike any other flying car prototype, AirCar cannot take off and land vertically. It also needs a runway.
According to Klein Vision, the company beyond the prototype flying car, it took nearly two years before they were able to develop AirCar. It also cost an investment of fewer than two million euros.
On the other hand, Klein Vision adviser and investor Anton Zajac emphasized that if the company could attract even a small amount of global airline or taxi sales, AirCar would be a huge success.
If successfully launched in the market, AirCar would cost just under $2.3 million.