In an exclusive video interview with Key.Aero, the makers of the AirCar reveals more details of the ground-breaking project
A prototype flying car completed a 35-minute inter-city flight between the Slovakian cities of Nitra and Bratislava on June 28.
Klein Vision’s AirCar – piloted by the company’s co-founder Stefan Klein – conducted its 142nd successful landing just after 6am. After touchdown, with the click of a button, the aircraft transformed automatically back into a sports car in under three minutes.
“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 Klein after exiting the cockpit.
It was then driven by its inventor to the centre of the capital city, cutting the typical transit time from the airport by a factor of two, according to the company.
Powered by a 160HP BMW engine with a fixed-propeller and a ballistic parachute, the AirCar Prototype 1 has completed more than 40 hours of flight testing, including manoeuvrability analysis and steep turns.
The shape-shifting machine has flown at altitudes up to 8,000ft and reached a maximum cruise speed of 103kt.
The second version – AirCar Prototype 2 – is expected to be equipped with a 300HP engine and will receive EASA CS-23 aircraft certification and an M1 road permit. With a variable pitch propeller, it is expected to cruise at around 160kt and have a range of up to 1000km (621 miles).
“AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept, it has [now] turned science fiction into a reality,” added Anton Zajac, co-founder of Klein Vision.