A Slovak company has achieved the feat of making its prototype flying car fly over 100 kilometers.
The flying DeLorean in Back to the Future, the taxi landing at Marignan in Taxi 2. One day, it may no longer be fiction. In any case, it seems to be off to a good start. Klein Vision, a Slovakian company specializing in flying cars, managed to fly its “Aircar”. This is a first for this type of vehicle
“Reality has now surpassed fiction”
A simple button to press and three minutes to wait before your car becomes a theft vehicle. Stefan Klein, CEO of Klein Vision has been working there for over 10 years. After training as an engineer and then another in the Fine Arts, this aeronautic enthusiast is delighted with “the start of a new era in the history of cars. “
The press release illustrates the excitement of its creator. He informs us that the vehicle connected Nitra to Bratislava, the Slovak capital, in 35 minutes, half the time than a conventional car.
Not a first try
Stefan Klein invested more than 2 million euros to develop this flying car. And this is not his first attempt. More than 140 flight tests have already been carried out before reaching the target. These are “more than 40 hours of testing in the air, including 45 degree turns, and stability tests” that were carried out throughout the development of the prototype.
So far, the car has reached a maximum altitude of 2,500 meters. Its 160 horsepower BMW V8 engine allows it to reach a top speed of 190 km / h. Up to two people can get in the car, up to a limit of 200 kilos.
The democratization of this type of vehicle is not for now, however. The price as well as the manufacturing times are very important. The car also needs space to take off and land, vertical takeoff is currently impossible. The company has not yet communicated on a potential commercialization.