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25 January 2021

Futuristic sci-fi flying 'AirCar' transforms from car to plane in 180 seconds completes its first ever inter-city flight, reaching heights of 8,200ft and speeds of 105mph

In Bratislava, a space-age flying car able to reach heights of more than 8,000ft and speeds over 100mph has achieved a key milestone. The 'AirCar' - the brain child of Professor Stefan Klein and developed by Slovakian firm KleinVision - completed its first ever inter-city flight. With a 160 horsepower fixed-propeller engine, the AirCar Prototype 1 powered down a runway before soaring into the air. On landing the vehicle transforms into a sports car in less than three minutes, folding away its wings before being driven along a motorway. 

Achieving the 35-minute flight from Nitra to Bratislava was a key development goal and production of the AirCar ever closer, according to KleinVision. The prototype, which has now completed more than 40 hours of test flights, has been conceived for leisure and self-driving journeys, or as a commercial taxi service. The AirCar is equipped with a ballistic parachute and, under the supervision of the Civil Aviation Authority, has been scrupulously tested including steep 45-degree turns and stability and manoeuvrability testing. 

The firm will equip its pre-production model, the AirCar Prototype 2, with a 300HP engine and is set to receive the EASA CS-23 aircraft certification with an M1 road permit. With its variable pitch propeller, they expect the Prototype 2 to have a cruise speed of 300km/hr(162kt) and a range of 1,000km (621 miles). Klein Vision says the prototype has taken about two years to develop and cost "less than 2m euros" (£1.7m) in investment. The concept has been hailed as a potential solution to the strain on existing transport infrastructures. In 2019, Morgan Stanley predicted the sector could be worth $1.5trillion (£1tn) by 2040.