• Oct 25th 2013 at 12:15PM
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A company in Bratislava, Slovakia is developing a flying car prototype which seems to have achieved the ultimate dream; a functional road car which can easily transition to a plane.

A company in Bratislava, Slovakia is developing a flying car prototype which seeks to achieve the shared dream of futurists the world over: a functional road car which can easily transition to a plane.

Aeromobil released flight test footage of the Aeromobil 2.5, a two-seater with a 100 horsepower Rotax 912 engine. That may not sound powerful, but it is enough to get the tires off the ground and power the rear-mounted propeller in airplane mode.

According to Digital Trends the Aeromobil 2.5 can reach a top speed of 124 miles per hour in the air, with a reported range of about 430 miles. The steel frame with carbon fiber body keeps the car at a slim 992 pounds.

The idea of retractable folding wings on a car is also being pioneered by Terrafugia, a company based in Woburn, Mass. Development of their high-flying Terrafugia Transition is a few years ahead of the Aeromobil 2.5, which is not yet ready for production.

[Source: Aeromobil via Digital Trends]

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      they made it look so easy in Back to the Future...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks very unstable.
      • 1 Year Ago
      EL FUTURO ES HOY!! Vivamoslo a plenitud...!
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is not a "flying car". It's an underpowered fixed wing aircraft simply with the ability to change over to a different mode of travel. It's nowhere close to acceptable for usage with visible instability in how it maneuvers. This "flying car" uses the same principles any small two seater plane would use but with far less aerodynamics applied. Please get back with us when a Jetson model is on the drawing board lifting straight up in the air & blasting forward in supersonic speed.
      • 1 Year Ago
      now who investigates plane crashes?...the FAA? OK kids, now is the time to plan a career with the FAA. there will be PLENTY of work for you for the forseeable future. nothing like your average idiot with a car that can fly. NOW, more than ever, we'll have to worry about some dumbass crashing through our bedroom ceilings in the middle of the night. yay.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want one of these cars Get it into production
      • 1 Year Ago
      64 years ago... this was in production, not a concept. Taylor Aerocar, the American roadable aircraft was built in 1949 by Moulton Taylor. The Aerocar III, which was the final model built by Taylor was colored red had had silver wings. See photo below. I saw one at an air museum. http://psipunk.com/top-ten-flying-cars/
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's wicked cool so far :) Keep up the good work :)
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want one! Such a brilliant idea!
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      I take it that if the engine dies while in the air you cant auto rotate or glide down.........you just drop like a rock with no control under a parachute then fall over a cliff and drop to your death. not very bright for aeronautical engineers.....aviation. no wonder they had to ask for exceptions from nhtsa/faa and it still costs more than most two-four seaters.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've been saying for years that the govt has this capability... just doesn't trust the public with that knowledge. And honestly, it would be years before the general public could be trained; for those that could afford such a luxury, that is. If they can make giant planes lift off like a helicopter, they can do it with cars. My dad got his degree in auto mechanics, which led to a job in aerospace engineering. He was instrumental on testing and approving the stealth. I get my cynicism from him ;)
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