To have a vehicle that not only drives through the city and the motorway, but can also really skyrocket, is every driver’s dream. Like an icon from the film “Back to the Future”, the flying car is already a reality.
The air car is the first flying car
The project called Air Car completed its first flight between two airports. It is a hybrid between a car and an airplane that can be used on the road and in the air. Like a normal car and like an airplane taking off from an airport.
At the end of 2020, the prototype of the Slovakian pilot and engineer Stefan Klein completed its first successful flight. Although it did not make the first flight between the two cities of Nitra and Bratislava until June 28, 2021. The 80 kilometer flight took 35 minutes.
The Air Car has a regular BMW engine. It offers a range of a thousand kilometers and flies at an altitude of 2,500 meters. Once on the ground, its wings fold in on either side of the vehicle and it behaves like a normal car.
The innovative car made a full maiden flight
The prototype, driven by its creator, landed on the airport runway and, after folding its wings, left the airport for the city. It is the first time that a hybrid of this type has completed a flight between two cities with good results.
In flight, the air car reaches a speed of 170 kilometers per hour and can carry two people. The weight limit for the start is 200 kilograms. It takes off and lands from a runway, meaning it has to roll because it doesn’t take off vertically like drones.
The creation of this engineer marks a milestone in the search for a hybrid between a car and an airplane. Start a new market with the long-awaited flying car that allows freedom of movement despite the fact that legislation requires it. In addition to the driver’s license, the pilot’s license is required.
The invention has a bright future
Several automotive companies see a great future for the flying car market. It can be an incentive for the bottlenecks that occur in large cities on a daily basis.
It took the engineer and pilot Stefan Klein two years through his company to design and develop the prototype, with an investment of almost two million euros.
With a bright future in the taxi market, it already has 40,000 orders in the United States alone. However, there are doubts about the certification of this new flying car as it has to circulate on the road and take off from an airport. It’s a car and an airplane at the same time.
Stephen Wright, a famous aviation surname and avionics expert, said he had a bright future. It’s quite quiet and you think the fuel consumption is satisfactory compared to other two-seat aircraft.
The vehicle has a huge rear wing, a 160 hp engine and a ballistic parachute for emergencies. It can make 45 ° turns in the air and is certified for about 40 hours of flight.
Stefan’s company Klein Vision is already preparing the commercial version, which will have a 300 hp engine. With the new engine, it will reach a cruising speed of 300 kilometers per hour in flight.
The selling price is unknown and it is hoped that it can achieve flying car certification. The future opens before him.