VIDEO: AeroMobil unveils updated version of its flying car
MONTE CARLO, MONACO: AeroMobil, an advanced engineering company, has unveiled the new model of the AeroMobil Flying Car at Top Marques Monaco, the world’s most exclusive supercar show, which is likely to transform travel by making the flying car a reality.
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The 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, and deliver a commercially available flying car in 2017.
The vehicle is commercially available model is accepting pre-orders for the limited first edition. It is expected to go into full production in the upcoming years with the first deliveries being made by 2020.
The production of AeroMobil’s first vehicle will be limited to a maximum of 500 units and is priced between 1.2m – 1.5m Euros depending on final customer specifications.
The first 25 vehicles will be a Founders Edition and will contain series specific product content along with an expanded benefits package whose details will be announced separately.
“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 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.”
The AeroMobil flying car has been designed with safety, quality, creativity and innovation, and the exterior is 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.
It is designed to offer the functionality and flexibility a car and an aeroplane. It is possible to travel in almost any weather conditions. The 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.
The wings are constructed using advanced pre-preg composites to ensure confident handling and maneuverability, 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 capable of absorbing and distributing crash and impact energy while maintaining interior integrity.
It also incorporates the 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.
“This launch is a triumph of engineering and design, requiring all our creativity, imagination, passion and technical expertise to deliver an innovative product that is truly ground-breaking,” added Douglas MacAndrew, Chief Technology Officer, AeroMobil.
“Everyone in this sector must overcome complex technical challenges in the process of developing a flying vehicle. We believe the vehicle presented today successfully resolves these challenges demonstrating a product that does not compromise either air or road function. The outcome is a flying car that combines innovative features with a recognisable, high quality experience that pilots and drivers have come to expect.”
The interior of the flying car combines safety and lightweight design with innovative features to ensure the control systems are recognisable and intuitive to use. The flight control systems transform seamlessly into automotive controls in seconds with absolute predictability and confidence.
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. The engine has been adapted to achieve a significant reduction in weight over traditional aerospace engines while delivering durability and reliability.
AeroMobil aims to become the desirable brand at the forefront of a new, but rapidly evolving flying car industry. It aims to develop a series of models in different price categories to meet a variety of identified market opportunities.
“To significantly reduce the cost of flying cars in the long-term, we are bringing an automotive high-volume approach to a traditionally conservative low-volume aerospace industry, significantly cutting components costs via smart design, novel materials and production automation whilst fully conforming with civil aviation industry requirements” concludes Juraj Vaculik, CEO, AeroMobil.
“This approach is being warmly received by investors and we are delighted to have recently received latest investment from Patrick Hessel, recognized expert in this field. In the coming months we will be looking for additional investors who can contribute to our disruptive approach and further strengthen our position ourselves at the forefront of the evolving flying car industry.”