AeroMobil's Flying Car
Slovakia-based company AeroMobil has introduced a limited first-edition hybrid car that also functions as a fully working plane.
Unveiled at exclusive supercar show Top Marques Monaco, the two-seater vehicle will be the first of its kind. Currently accepting pre-orders, the first round of deliveries is scheduled for 2020, when the company expects to reach full production.
The car-plane hybrid transforms from road to air mode in under three minutes, and can fly a distance of around 466 miles at 75% of its maximum speed (224mph). Designed to be fuel efficient, 3.0 prototypes of the car achieve 35.3 miles per gallon on land and four gallons per hour in the air.
On the road, the car performs at a top speed of nearly 100mph, as some speed functionality has been superseded to allow for optimal safety features to be installed within the vehicle. Standard airbags are fitted in the 3.0 model – to be deployed in the event of any terrestrial and airborne crashes. The AeroMobil is equipped with a parachute in case of emergency landings and can withstand adverse flying conditions.
Although the AeroMobil can be driven with a valid road licence, a Sport Pilot Licence – usually demanding a minimum of 40 hours of flight training – will be needed by the driver to operate the car in flight mode.
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