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Aeromobil’s flying car is now a reality

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Slovakian start-up Aeromobil has finally unveiled its production version flying car at Top Marques in Monaco, last week. The flying car is now available for pre-ordering and the hand overs will begin from 2020. Aeromobil says, a unit will cost between $1.3 Million to $1.6 Million.

The flying car has a pre-preg carbon construction and the structure is claimed to be capable of absorbing and distributing crash and impact energy while maintaining interior integrity. The propeller design is patented, and folds into the fuselage when the vehicle is prepared for driving mode. In case of an emergency, the pilot can deploy ballistic parachutes, which can bring the airborne vehicle back to ground safely. The pedal box and the main flight / drive controls are adjustable, to facilitate a more comfortable experience for both pilot and co-pilot.

The powertrain is a hybrid, comprising of a 2.0 l turbo charged 4-cylinder boxer engine and two electric motors on the front axle. While the two electric motors produce 110 bhp, the combustion engine produces 300 bhp, its the former which is used for driving purpose. Overall weight of the powerplant is 110 kg. The driving range is at 100 km (NEDC), and max cruise range is at 750 km. Top speed for driving is 160 km/h and 0-100 km/h acceleration happens in 10 sec. VD speed is 360 km/h. Full transformation into flight mode happens in less than 3 minutes.

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