However, AeroMobil is hoping to change that with the unveil of the latest version of its Flying Car, which will be commercially available during the next decade. Although the Flying Car won’t be able to hover in place, you will technically be able to drive to an airport and then take off without ever having to leave the comfort of the driver’s [pilot’s] seat.
The Flying Car’s body is constructed from high-strength (and lightweight) carbon composites, while its wings are built using pre-preg composites. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine (an engine configuration most will be familiar with in Subaru and Porsche vehicles) that produces around 300 horsepower.
The internal combustion engine is used primarily when the Flying Car is in the air, powering its rear-mounted pusher-propeller. While in its road-going configuration, the boxer engine serves as a generator for two front-mounted electric motors that drive each wheel (front-wheel drive).
Speaking of in-flight and on-road behavior, AeroMobil says that the control systems for both configurations “transform seamlessly into automotive controls in seconds with absolute predictability and confidence.” The Flying Car can convert from its on-road configuration and be ready for takeoff in less than three minutes according to AeroMobil. The vehicle has a top speed of 100 mph on the road, and has a cruising speed of around 220 mph in the air. Cruising range is 434 miles on the road and 466 miles in the air.
“Today is a transformative day for the future of travel as the launch of the AeroMobil means and that everyday flying transportation will soon be a reality,” said AeroMobile CEO Juraj Vaculik. “To get to this point has seen us bring together a strong team of the best minds and experts in cutting edge automotive, motorsport and aerospace to redefine the boundaries of what is possible in transportation. From today we are ready to take the first pre-orders and we are honoured His Serene Highness the Prince of Monaco will unveil the AeroMobil today at the Top Marques Autoshow.”
At this point, AeroMobil isn’t giving any definitive timelines on production and availability for the Flying Car, only stating that it will go into production “in the upcoming years with the first deliveries being made to customers by 2020.”
If you’d like a chance to park the AeroMobil Flying Car in your garage/hanger, it will set you back between $1.3 to $1.6 million.