We still have a long way to go before we commute to work in spaceships or flying cars, but at least a number of companies are working on a solution. Aeromobil, a Slovakian company, recently posted a video of its Aeromobil 2.5 flying car’s first flight on YouTube. While it looks a bit shaky as it flies in close vicinity to the runway below, we can’t help but feel a pang of excitement. Is this the future?
The Aeromobil 2.5 weighs 450kg (about the same weight as the new Caterham Seven 160) and, thanks to a folding wing arrangement, can wave goodbye to terra firma with the help of a rear-mounted propeller that’s powered by a Rotax 912 engine. Good luck to the pedestrian who strays too close to this baby at take-off.
Once in the air, the two-seater can do an estimated 124mph. On the ground you can expect 100mph. Compared with the Terrafugia TF-X, which can achieve 200mph, the Aeromobil seems a bit slow but let’s not forget congestion is a non-issue in either case. Minimum flying speed is 40mph.
The Aeromobil 2.5 is, unlike the Terrafugia Transition, quite attractive. We think it looks a bit like a skinny Ford GT90 with Dumbo ears, which is a good thing. Well, sort of.
The makers of the 2.5 claim it can fly 430 miles before refuelling. On the ground, that figure drops to 310 miles.
Before you assume the Aeromobile 2.5 is some random project knocked up in a shed over a weekend, co-founder Stefan Klein has put 20 years of his life into making it work.
You can’t buy one at the moment, but Aeromobil is already working on the next iteration, known as 3.0. This concept looks to improve the aesthetics as well as performance and range.
In the video below it quotes Henry Ford as saying: “Mark my word: A combination of airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.”
Let’s hope the flights look a little less terrifying when that day does arrive.
Aeromobile 2.5 and 3.0 images