AeroMobil Flying Car launched in Monaco
AeroMobil, an engineering company based in Slovakia, has unveiled the new model of the AeroMobil Flying Car at Top Marques Monaco on April 20, 2017. This launch fulfils the company’s commitment to deliver a commercially available flying car in 2017.
The company said that AeroMobil Flying Car has been inspired by a desire to give customers true freedom of movement in a vehicle that is both extraordinary and exciting, while also being efficient. It is designed to offer customers the choice of all the functionality and flexibility a car and an aeroplane can provide. It is possible to travel in almost any weather conditions. Its dual mode means it can cut travel times compared to traditional short haul airline flights ranging up to 1,000km as its powerful engine enables greater range and offers more efficient use of energy.
“Today is a transformative day for the future of travel as the launch of the AeroMobil means and that everyday flying transportation will soon be a reality,” said Juraj Vaculik, co-founder and CEO of AeroMobil. “To get to this point has seen us bring together a strong team of the best minds and experts in cutting edge automotive, motorsport and aerospace to redefine the boundaries of what is possible in transportation. From today we are ready to take the first pre-orders and we are honoured His Serene Highness the Prince of Monaco will unveil the AeroMobil today at the Top Marques Autoshow.”
The exterior of the vehicle is claimed to be highly aerodynamic utilising the latest carbon composite construction found in the most sophisticated sports cars and performance aircraft to make the flying car lighter and stronger.
The wings are similarly constructed using advanced pre-preg composites to ensure confident handling and high manoeuvrability while the suspension geometry adapts to the varying conditions of road and air travel to allow for normal and extreme use. Safety and control are of paramount importance both in the air and on the ground. When airborne the flying car is designed to demonstrate stability and predictability with a flight envelope comparable with existing small aircrafts in the field of general aviation.
The vehicle’s cockpit is designed to surround the pilot and co-pilot in a high strength monocoque structure that is capable of absorbing and distributing crash and impact energy while maintaining interior integrity. It also incorporates the very latest in vehicle recovery ballistic parachute technology, designed to bring an airborne vehicle back to ground safely should the pilot choose to deploy it. While travelling on the road the occupant restraint system uses pyrotechnic seatbelt technology in conjunction with dual-stage airbags. These systems are equally capable of offering occupant protection should the vehicle get into difficulties while operating as a plane.
The AeroMobil has a custom 2.0 l turbo charged 4-cylinder boxer internal combustion engine with a FADEC (fully autonomous digital electronic control) digital control unit. On the road the AeroMobil is powered by a dedicated electric front wheel drive system incorporating electronic differential and an adaptive transmission delivering both road-going functionality and direct drive during flight.
According to AeroMobil, the engine has been adapted to achieve a significant reduction in weight over traditional aerospace engines while delivering durability and reliability. During flight mode operation, AeroMobil has an available power of 224 kW (~ 300 hp), delivered to the propeller through a bespoke transmission.
The vehicle is expected to go into full production in the upcoming years with the first deliveries being made to customers by 2020.
Watch the demonstration of AeroMobil 3.0 prototype introduced in 2014:
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