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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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