Flying Car Equipped With BMW Engine Completes Test Flight


A prototype of a flying car has impressively completed a 35-minute flight between international airports from Nitra to Bratislava, Slovakia. The inventor behind this hybrid car-aircraft, Profs Stefan Klein, said that it could fly about 1000km at a height of 8,200ft and had clocked up 40 hours in the air so far.


Prof Klein drove the AirCar straight off the runway and into town upon arrival, watched by several invited reporters. With a click of a button, the aircraft folds its wings along its sides and transforms back to normal.



Last Monday, he described the experience as “normal” and “very pleasant”. It takes about two minutes and 15 seconds to transform from a car into an aircraft and is equipped with a BMW engine, a ballistic parachute, and runs on regular petrol-pump fuel. In the air, the vehicle reached a cruising speed of 170km/h.


The AirCar can carry two people, with a combined weight limit of 200kg. The company behind AirCar, Klein Vision, says the prototype has taken about two years to develop and cost “less than 2m euros” (£1.7m) in investment.



Co-founder Anton Zajac, added that if the company manages to attract a small amount of global airline or taxi sales, it would be very successful. “There are about 40,000 orders of aircraft in the United States alone,” he said. “And if we convert 5% of those, to change the aircraft for the flying car – we have a huge market.”


Presently, AirCar has completed over 40 hours of test flights under the supervision of the Civil Aviation Authority. Unlike drone-taxi prototypes, however, it cannot implement vertical takeoff and landing and requires a runway.



“This flight starts a new era of dual transportation vehicles. It opens a new category of transportation and returns the freedom originally attributed to cars back to the individual,” said Professor Klein following touchdown in Bratislava.


His partner and investor in the project Anton Zajac added: “AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept; flying at 2500 m at a speed of 190 km/h, it has turned science fiction into a reality.”

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