"AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept. It has turned science fiction into reality," said Anton Zajac, co-founder of Klien Vision, the company to create the AirCar Prototype 1. Currently residing in Slovakia, the team has gathered for a historic occasion.
The AirCar is powered by a 160 horsepower BMW engine and has a propeller. When transforming from aircraft to vehicle for the road, it takes under 3 minutes. Possibly even more jaw-dropping is that after 40 hours of test flights, the car reached a maximum cruising speed of 118 mph.
In its recent monumental flight, the AirCar flew from Nitra to the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. After landing, its wings folded back into the vehicle's body and was driven via road to the city center. Klien Vision CEO Stefan Klien and co-founder Anton Zajac were in the driver and co-pilot's seats.
Now that Klein Vision has successfully pulled this creation off, they want to up the anty. So, they plan to develop an AirCar Prototype 2, which will be created with a 300 horsepower engine. Per the company, the vehicle is expected to speed down the road at about 186 mph and have a range of 621 miles.
If that weren't enough, three and 4-seater AirCars might even be on their way sooner than we think! Rumors of creating a vehicle with a twin-engine have begun to circulate on the Klein Vision website. So, what do we know about when and how we will be able to get our hands on the existing model?
Well, Klein Vision's CTO and test pilot Stefan Klein said, "Following the completion of all required flight tests in compliance with EASA regulations, we will deliver a model with a certified ADEPT, 300HP engine within the next six next months." And, if you aren't sold yet, Zajac explained: "With Aircar you will arrive at your destination without the hassle of getting a ride to [the] airport and passing through commercial security, you can drive your AirCar to the golf course, the office, the mall or your hotel and park it in a normal parking space."