An engineer in Slovakia has just revealed a flying car, the AeroMobil 2.5, that is ready for the road and flies. The AeroMobil 2.5 is the third generation of a roadable aircraft developed over the past 20 years by Stefan Klein, an industrial designer and engineer. Stefan worked on his own up until 2010 when he was joined by Juraj Vaculík – who has since become his investor and partner.
AeroMobile showed its 2.5 model at the SAE 2013 Aerotech Congress & Exhibition, a biannual event for the aerospace industry held on 24-26 September 2013 in Montreal, Canada.
AeroMobile says, “We have the same ambition as our competition Terrafugia. Our vehicle should become a means of transport that combines the best of both car and plane. However, our focus is not only on functionality but also design, because we want it to work smoothly both in the air and on the road.
“Our vehicle makes perfect use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes and opens up new possibilities for door-to-door travel. Once you leave the garage, you can take off from any appropriate surface and fly. You can also use AeroMobil as your regular car and tank at any gas station.”
AeroMobil 2.5 is a prototype of the third generation. AeroMobil 3 will be stylish and comfortable for both the driver and passenger, combining the performance of a sports car with qualities of an ‘ultralight plane’.
The AeroMobil has folding wings, is powered by a 100hp Rotax 912 engine, and is constructed of a steel frame covered with carbon fibre bodywork. Top speed is 124mph (in the air) 100mph (road), takeoff speed is 90mph, empty weight 450kg.