Slovakia-based startup AeroMobil will be showcasing its flying car concept at the upcoming Top Marques Show in Monaco on Thursday. The firm hopes to commercially launch the flying car sometime this year, with the first deliveries expected to begin in early 2018.
The car is powered by hybrid propulsion and can function as a “completely integrated aircraft as well as a four-wheeled car”. As far as the key specs go, nothing is known at the moment, so we will need to wait until the official unveiling later this week. However, going by the specs of the AeroMobil 3.0 concept from 2014, it should be pretty impressive.
The AeroMobil 3.0 was powered by a 99bhp Rotax 912 four-cylinder engine, allowing it to reach a top speed of 200 kmph in the air and 160 kmph on the road. In terms of fuel efficiency, the prototype was said to deliver a mileage of 12.5 kmpl on the road. When flying, it would require around 15 liters every hour. It had a fairly impressive range as well, 700km in the air and 875km on the road.
Apart from the specifications, we’re also curious to find out how much the car will actually cost. We have seen similar concepts and prototypes earlier, but none of them ended up actually being commercialized. Provided AeroMobil gets everything right, a lucky few will be proud owners of the “world’s first flying car” by early next year.