“Mark my word:A Combination of Airplane and motor car is coming.You may smile, But it will come.” – Henry Ford, 1940
Ever been hopelessly sandwiched in bumper-to-bumper traffic and fantasized about flying far, far away? As in actually pressing a button that magically releases a glorious pair of wings from your vehicle, escaping the infuriating gridlock below?
Then hang in there, weary road warriors. The car-plane of your wildest dreams could finally be here and taking flight soon. The “first genuine flying car” is now a reality, even if only as a prototype — a fully functioning prototype, one that will eventually even offer autopilot.
The 19-foot-long, steel-framed blue and silver flying sports car (sorry, kid-toting moms and dads, it’s only a two-seater, no carpool for you) weighs just 992 pounds, one-quarter of the weight of a Hummer H3. With a somewhat disappointing top flight speed of only 124 miles per hour, the single Rotax 912 engine equipped Flying Roadster isn’t exactly a speed demon. Its top speed on the asphalt is 99 miles per hour.
Not bad, we suppose, for a car that flies.
Take a look at this freaking Awesome video
AeroMobil co-founder and chief designer Stefan Klein imagined his first flying car 25 years ago as a way to escape the former Czechoslovakia, reports Wired. He has since piloted several concept versions of his dream car-plane crossbreed, along with a pre-prototype. Klein aims to fulfill his initial orders sometime in 2016.
Still, it has a way to go before being as cool as Doc Brown’s flying DeLorean in Back to the Future.
Hold Your breath;;;;;;