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Back to the future? Flying car completes inter-city test flight

AirCar, a dual-mode car-aircraft vehicle, completed a historic 35-minute flight between two international airports in Slovakia on June 28.

Flying car, Flying cars, AirCar, AirCar Prototype 2, AirCar flightAirCar, a dual-mode car-aircraft vehicle, completed a historic 35-minute flight between two international airports in Slovakia. (Image via Klein Vision)

If you were fascinated by the flying time-machine cars in the Back to the future franchise or wanted a ride in Ron Weasley’s flying Ford, there’s good news. AirCar, a dual-mode car-aircraft vehicle, completed a historic 35-minute flight between two international airports in Slovakia on June 28. It had a maximum cruising speed of 190km/h.

Developed by Klein Vision, the AirCar Prototype 1 has a 160HP BMW engine and takes a little over two minutes to transform from a car into aircraft. It has retractable wings, folding tail surfaces, and a parachute deployment system.

Its creator, Professor Stefan Klein, said in a release that the car-aircraft can fly about 1,000 km at a height of 8,200 ft and had already clocked up to 40 hours in the air.

“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,” Klein said after exiting the AirCar cockpit in Bratislava.

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BBC quoted the company saying that the prototype has taken about two years to develop and cost “less than 2 million euros” in investment.

The company has another model, AirCar Prototype 2, which is in the pre-production stage. It has a 300HP engine and is expected to have a cruise speed of 300km/h. The company has planned to develop a variety of models in the future: three and four-seaters, twin-engine vehicles, and also an amphibious version.

If you are planning to buy one, be warned that AirCars can’t take off and land vertically, you would still need a runway.

First published on: 02-07-2021 at 11:54:58 am
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