AirCar flying car covers 80 kilometers between two airports in SlovakiaJul 032021
It took 35 minutes for the prototype to fly the distance between Nitra and the Slovak capital, Bratislava.
The AirCar flying car, developed by the Slovak company KleinVision, has successfully made its first flight between two cities.
The vehicle needed 35 minutes to cover the 80 kilometers that separate the Nitra and Bratislava airports by air, in a test that took place this Monday.
Upon landing in the Slovak capital, with a simple touch of a button the device transformed into a sports car in less than three minutes, hiding the wings and the 'spoiler' tail. From the airport the car was driven by inventor Stefan Klein to the city center, where he was greeted with applause.
This was the 142nd successful landing of the prototype, developed to "create a new category of transportation and restore to the individual the freedom originally attributed to cars," according to Klein.
This model, reminiscent of James Bond cars, consists of two seats, weighs 1,100 kilos and can carry an additional load of 200 kilos per flight, according to the company. It is also capable of reaching 200 kilometers per hour in the air and rising up to 2.5 kilometers in height.
Equipped with a 1.6-liter BMW gasoline engine, the AirCar has an estimated flight range of 1,000 kilometers and consumes 18 liters per hour.
According to KleinVision, the prototype took about two years to develop and cost just under 2 million euros ($ 2.37 million).
For the company, occupying even a small portion of the airplane and air taxi market would be a success. "In the US alone there are about 40,000 aircraft orders. If 5% change the plane for the flying car we will have a huge market," said Anton Rajac, adviser and investor at KleinVision, as quoted by the BBC.