Aeromobil 2.5; a flying car that actually works? (video)

The dream of the flying car has been around for decades now, and so far, only one real example exists; the Terrafugia. But even it doesn’t quite embrace the qualities of a car. This new Aeromobil 2.5 from Slovakia appears to be a bit different, and somewhat more practical.

Aeromobil-wings closed

Designed by Stefan Klein, the project has been a working progress for 20 years now. There have been a few different iterations, however, all are focused on being as practical as possible in the real world.

The striking concept uses a main cabin cell with the front wheels attached, while the spine of the concept is stretched down to the back by a central beam and a set of wings that fold in. At the back are the rear wheels, the tail wings, and the propeller.

Once deployed, the wings span outwards creating quite literally a flying car. Fully spread, the wings increase the car’s width to 8.2 metres. With them closed in, the car remains around the same overall length and width of a large sedan.

We must say it does look quite spectacular, and out on the road next to other vehicles, you’d be forgiven for thinking it comes from outer space.

Aeromobil-rear

As for the propulsion, thanks to a lightweight structure weighing in at under 500kg, the Aeromobil only requires a Rotax aeroengine producing 76kW. The engine powers the front wheels, or, in flight mode – engaged at the push of a button – powers the propeller at the back.

It’s certainly an interesting contraption, even though it looks kind of sketchy in the air. We will see it hitting the roads – or up in the air – any time soon? At this stage it is more of a technical showcase/experiment than an idea for mainstream production. As Henry Ford once said though, in 1940 mind you,

“Mark my word; a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.”

Click play below to see how it works.