Slovak company AeroMobil confirms interest in offering the futuristic model in Brazil’s market. The first units could be available in 2020
Flying cars have been a part of the collective imaginary for years. Cartoons and sci-fi movies projected how the models of the future would look like. What was previously only in television and cinema now seems to be closer than we expected.
The Slovak company AeroMobil has been developing for over 20 years a model that can be driven and flown.
Several prototypes have been assembled, but the company only began to take orders in 2017, with a delivery date of the first units predicted for 2020, including Brazil.
AeroMobil registered the patent of the flying car at Brazil’s National Industrial Property Institute (INPI). When questioned by the Quatro Rodas website, the company said it plans to commercialize the model in the country.
According to Stefan Vadocz, the company’s communication director, AeroMobil, is in the process of obtaining the vehicle’s certification along with EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency).
While they wait for the decisions, they will still abide by the criteria imposed by aviation national agencies throughout the world, he told the website.
Having a flying car may be the dream of many people, but it won’t be for everyone. Initially, only 500 units will be manufactured, which will cost from € 1.2 and € 1.5 million (between R$ 5.2 to R$ 6.5 million).
The price in Brazil would be bigger than the sum of the prices of two Ferraris 488 GTB, estimated at R$ 2.7 million each (the cheapest brand new model in the country) – not including import taxes, which when added would be the equivalent of a semi-new 488 GTB, costing R$ 1.8 million.
AeroMobil 4.0 uses an engine inherited from the four-cylinder Subaru 2.0 Boxer. On the road, the model has a power output of 110 hp and an autonomy of 700 km. Its motorization allows it to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 10 seconds, and reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h.
When its wings are deactivated, the hybrid vehicle uses an electrical front-wheel drive. For better functionality both on land and on air, the model offers adaptive transmission.
On air, the engine generates 224 kW, about 300 hp. Its flight autonomy is 750 km, and its maximum speed is 360 km/h, and its cruise speed is 259 km/h.
It takes three minutes to switch for the car mode to the airplane mode, for the vehicle’s huge wings to open up and its retractable landing gear must be activated before takeoff.
With an aerodynamic design, the structure of the model is made entirely of carbon fiber, like the most sophisticated sports cars and airplanes.
It is capable of transporting two people, two backpacks and almost 100 liters of premium gasoline. It is six meters long and has an impressive 8.8-meter wingspan.
“We see great opportunities for AeroMobil taking over the leadership in the concept of flying cars for personal air transportation. We are really looking forward to discussing our plans with the automotive industry” – Juraj Vaculik, AeroMobil’s CEO.
Mandatory pilot and driver’s license
The vehicle has already presented 14 patents for innovations in safety and engineering, which would help to make the trip experience unique and comfortable for the passengers.
The cabin interior has a design similar to an airplane cockpit; integrated digital screens show information regarding the vehicle’s automotive operation, as well as takeoff and landing.
The vehicle has an inbuilt parachute designed to bring the vehicle safely to the ground if the pilot thinks it is necessary during an emergency situation.
But just because you have a small fortune you will be able to purchase the vehicle and crisscross the skies around you. In order to be able to fly it, besides the ordinary driver’s license, a piloting license is mandatory.
There an option of an automatic pilot, similar to the one in planes, for autonomous flights and to aid during takeoff and landing.
An airplane-car can land and takeoff from strips destined to small-size aircraft.
A flying car is a promising idea, but it could be obfuscated by other, more technological novelties which are about to come. Its long production time contributes to this delay.
A partnership between Audi, Airbus, and ItalDesign, is developing Pop.Up.Next: a futuristic system which combines mobility, electric cars, and drones. The project is scheduled to be ready by 2030, and an enormous potential to be AeroMobil 4.0’s rival.
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A eslovaca AeroMobil confirma interesse em oferecer o modelo futurista no mercado nacional. As primeiras unidades chegariam em 2020