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Aeromobil 2.5 Flying Car Makes First Flight Test

AOL Original Content Posted: Oct 25th 2013 at 12:15PM by Erin Marquis


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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I wondered the same thing Don... A small jet engine would be perfect for flight and, if used to drive a generator to continually charge high tech batteries, would work well as this electric vehicle transitions into an automobile. The Volvo research team is already playing around with energy storing technology that allows what would otherwise be mundane bits of trim, or any other bit required for asthetics (plastic covers - door trim - etc), into an electrical charge holding component. Instead of batteries, per say, you could build the exterior, as well as the interior to incorporate this technology. Using hub motors would save room and weight as well.... Ah the possibilities! But using a propellor is a big step backwards IMHO.

November 24 2013 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J W Buckholz

www.carplanenews.com An interesting site for carplanes if I do say so myself .... (I'll have to add this new one to it soon.)

November 07 2013 at 10:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dennis

I can see a slight balance / stability issue with the Aeromobil, in take off / flight, that 100bhp is too small i'd say.. The tyres could also be made thinner so they dont stick out to improve aerodynamics, Its a better looking flying car than the Terrafugia for sure, but the Terra seems more stable in take off / flight and a more readier vehicle for flight.

October 31 2013 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dennis

The presenter is quite unsure, Why does he say at the end of the terrafugia clip we really hope it works, it does works as you can see, its only going to get better.

October 31 2013 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
carlton

i would love to see it land!!!!!!!

October 27 2013 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mitch

My buddy Ron is getting one if these and will be able to fly it down state to visit us. Normally a two hour drive, he should be able to get here in about 30 minutes or less. He can land on the golf course across the street. PERFECT!

October 27 2013 at 9:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Don jr

What is with these props?!?! They make jet engines that are way under five pounds putting out 45 lbs/50lbs of trust (Jetcat P-200)!! And that for model airplanes! The USA has turned into a bunch scaredy cats and lets the Government push them around so fifty years from now some big conglomerate can put out a car/airplane that uses the very same engine. In the mean time the rest of the world is flying around... not using prop planes but JETS!!

October 27 2013 at 2:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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snakedoc585

Don I'd love to see all jets in the general aviation community, but if that were the case, there'd be no general aviation community. Have you priced jet fuel lately? Do you know what's the fuel burn for jet engines compared to propellers? Ummm it's significant. Jet cars are awesome too, but there's a reason we still use regular old internal combustion engines in most of our cars...

October 28 2013 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vsel3

Nope, no way.

October 27 2013 at 2:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
makmcclellan

you still have to drive all the way to the airport to take off

October 27 2013 at 2:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JackieRay

can't fathem being in an collision in a 900pd plastic car

October 27 2013 at 1:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Dennis

did not listen to the designers off the Terra? i guess not, it has all the safety futures of a car, airbags, crouple zone, safety cage. And even a parachute for when all fails. In the future am sure they will implement anti collision system so all flying vehicle will stay at a minimum distance away from each other. Flying cars are ready & well advanced do a proper research.

October 31 2013 at 10:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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