Over the last few years, there’s been a lot of rumors and hearsay about the flying car race. We’ve seen pictures and concept videos, but nothing that has really made us 100% believers.
Well, that all is about to change with the new Aeromobil vehicle coming from Slovakia. Unbelievably, this vehicle is ready for production and is set to debut at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Austria on October 29th.
According to the official Aeromobil website, this vehicle prototype consists of a steel chassis and carbon fiber body that weighs about 992 pounds. Generating its power, the vehicle relies on a Rotax 912 aircraft engine, an engine that was also used in the rival Terrafugia Transition. This motor helps the flying vehicle reach a top speed of 124 miles per hour while in the air.
The website says, “Aeromobil is a ‘flying car’ that perfectly makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, and opens doors to real door-to-doo travel. In terms of automobile configuration, it fits to a standard parking space, its engine enables it to tank at any gas station, it is fully accustomed to road traffic and as a plane it could both take off and land at any airport in the world.”
This finished product has come from the brilliant mind and continuous work of designer Stefan Klein, who has been working on the project since 1990.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Klein and his project has made headline news. For those that have forgotten, it was just last year that the Aeromobil 2.5 prototype made its first flight. Because of that success and the “enthusiastic reactions of the global engineering and design community,” Klein and company co-founder Juraj Kaculik decided to speed up the production process in recent months.
Now they believe they have a product that can flip the auto industry on its head.
Klein says of his motivation, “We want to make personal transportation exciting, more efficient and sustainable. With ever more cars on the roads and ever more crowded airports, travelling is no longer what it used to be.”
So, what do you think? Is this a sustainable project that can grow? Or will it just flame out?