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Following its debut at SAE Aerotech about a month ago, the Aeromobil 2.5 has been getting attention from the likes of Flying and Drive, because it's designed to do both. Industrial designer and engineer Stefan Klein has been working on the design for two decades, logging miles while clocking in at Audi, BMW and Volkswagen. Co-founder Juraj Vaculík is credited as an 'ad man' and 'angel investor'. Based in Slovakia, Aeromobil's latest working prototype is the proof-of-concept for the third generation of the flying car.
The Aeromobil features a kind of 'variable-sweep' design, where the wings neatly tuck behind the cockpit when not in use; when extended, the wingspan is 8.2m. Meanwhile, the 100hp Rotax 912 engine powers travel speeds of up to 160kph on the road and 200kph in flight, with a takeoff speed of 130kph.
Klein says that in car mode the Aeromobil fits into a standard parking space and can be refuelled at a standard petrol station.