Aeromobil Flying Car Will Take to the Skies in 2016
Ever since, well, forever, people have dreamed of flying cars. Once they had that flying DeLorean in Back to the Future, we started saving our pennies for a Mr. Fusion so we'd be ready, but it has yet to become a reality. Now, thanks to Aeromobil, there's a working flying car out there and you'll soon be able to buy one. Cars and planes are designed with inherently different goals which makes a plane narrow and light while cars are wide and heavy. This poses quite an engineering challenge, but, according to an interview in Wired UK, Slovakian designer Štefan Klein has found a way to tackle the problem of combining a car and a plane. PHOTOS: Gaze at the 2015 Lamborghini Rat Rod Concept
The Aeromobil 2.5 weighs about 990 lbs. and is powered by a 100 horsepower, light-aircraft-standard Rotax 912 engine and will hit 100 mph when it's on the ground in car mode. Press the "transform" button and the car sprouts wings with a 26-foot span. All it needs then is 200m of grass runway and at 80 mph it will take flight.
The company is creating completely new parts that have never been conceived before to make the car work and even have a patent on the engine that powers the car in both flying and driving modes. They've also got patents on the steering wheel and the vehicle's lightweight wings.
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Aeromobil has been entirely self-funded until now, but they are reaching out to investors as they get to work on Aeromobil 3.0 which will have an autopilot mode. You'll be able to see the car at air shows next year. If things continue as planned, they'll be taking orders for 2016.
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