AeroMobil billed as the world's first flying car Source: AeroMobil

The Sky’s the Limit: AeroMobil Just Debuted the World’s First Flying Car

Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

Dr. Emmett Brown’s iconic statement in the 1985 movie Back to the Future seemed widely fantastical. However, over 35 years after the Steven Spielberg classic debuted, the Doc’s declaration is now far closer to becoming reality.

The proof is AeroMobil. The ‘world’s first flying car’ was debuted in Miami during Art Basel Miami at the Arsenale. Arriving in 2023, the Slovakian company claims the ultra-high-end vehicle will offer a seamless transformation from car to aircraft in under three minutes.

Its website mentions the project is a culmination of 300,000+ hours of design, development, and testing saying it’s “equally at home on the road or in the sky.”

It goes on to describe the AeroMobil as;

A true flying car, it is the culmination of leading-edge automotive and aerospace design and engineering, advanced materials, luxury features, and impeccable styling that does what no supercar or private jet can do.

The latest version of AeroMobil is in the advanced stages of live test flights with pilots reporting it’s “easy to fly and highly stable in flight”.

Measuring 20 feet by 7 feet with a 30-foot wingspan when in plane form, for a car it’s relatively large but for a plane is considered small. The power comes from a Hybrid propulsion system with a turbocharged internal combustion engine that produces 300bhp. As a road-worthy vehicle, the top speed will reach 160km/h with a decent 0-100km/h time of 10 seconds.

When flying, the cruising speed is 260km/h with a rate of climb of 6.1 m/s and a take-off/landing distance of 400/300 meters – all verified by test flights. In-flight safety features include autopilot technology and a ballistic recovery parachute system.

Inside you could be forgiven for thinking you’re sitting in a luxury hypercar. The sleek design feels futuristic and the modern technology makes it a sophisticated atmosphere.

Patrick Hessel, the CEO of AeroMobil, says the flying car draws inspiration from a range of industries to create a truly hybrid vehicle.

Never before in history have the lines between art, automotive, and aeronautics been so aesthetically blurred. Part visual art, part performance art, the AeroMobil flying art car is the celebration of a movement that transcends time, space, and ordinary descriptors. I am proud the AeroMobil finally arrived in the US during Art Basel Miami.

The AeroMobil is set to release for private buyers targeting a highly discerning clientele. Its future plans also include selling the flying car for commercial use.

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