Flying cars from science-fiction movies may finally be landing in the modern world. Actually, a prototype flying car has completed a test flight between two cities in Slovakia, Nitra and the capital Bratislava, spending 35 minutes airborne.
Powered by a BMW-sourced petrol engine mated to a simple propeller, the Klein Vision AirCar is capable of flying at 190km/h at an altitude of 8220 feet. What’s more, it only takes three minutes to convert the AirCar from a car to an aircraft with a simple click of a button. Basically its wings sprout from the side of the car upwards and then spread out wide. The tail also extends outwards when it’s in aircraft mode.
In fact, after landing in Bratislava on Monday, the aircraft transformed into a car, and was driven into the city center by Klein Vision CEO Stefan Klein and company co-founder Anton Zajac.
Currently, the company is working on a model called AirCar Prototype 2, which will boast a 300 horsepower engine. It is expected to be able to cruise at 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour) and have a range of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles).