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Automotive designer Stefan Klein has designed a car which he believes will soon be ready for take-off. No longer will he be stuck in a traffic jam, the AeroMobil will simply unfold its carbon-fibre wings, fire up a propeller and soar him into the sky.
Slovakian, Stefan Klein, who is now 53 years of age, has been working on his flying car creation for more than 20 years, and now he believes it could be just a matter of months before the AeroMobil makes history, being the first flying car to take to the streets of Europe.
The radically styled hybrid car was a hit at the latest AeroTech Congress held in Canada in September. The event offers engineers and designers from around the globe, the chance to show off their latest aeronautical inventions, but it was Klein whose futuristic flying car captured the headlines.
“I didn’t expect the reaction to be so good,” said Klein, from Bratislava. “There were a lot of incredible aircraft to look at but our car became the centre of attention. We even had specialists from Nasa asking what it was like to fly.”
The Aeromobil 2.5 is made from a steel framework with a carbon-fibre body and a Rotax 912 engine which runs on unleaded petrol and is capable of powering the car to just over 100mph on the road or 124mph in the air. When on the street, the wings can tuck neatly into its body but can fold our automatically for flights to a width of 27 feet.
Kleinand his business partner, Juraj Vaculik have invested tens of thousands of pounds in the project, but after 4 tough years their dedication to the project has taken off with investors from India, China and Russia all keen to get involved. The AeroMobil has also received invitations from flying shows around the world for 2014, despite having only flown just 3 miles so far.
“AeroMobil 2.5 is the final prototype before we build the finished car next year,” said Vaculik, 45. “We have been overwhelmed with inquiries since the Canadian event and now hope to get the production version ready for April.”
‘Nobody believed me when I first started designing a flying car. Now they don’t think I am mad anymore because we have had so much interest. The world is changing and many countries, such as America, are looking at new aviation legislation which makes the whole idea more feasible,” said Klein.