"Mark my word: A combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come" - Henry Ford
Making the Ford motors founder's forecast true, the AeroMobil, a Slovakian auto manufacturing company, has announced the first ever car which can also fly. Named as AeroMobil 3.0, the limited edition two-seater car can cruise through the roads and simultaneously can fly on the sky either.
Launching the car at South by SouthWest Interactive Conference in Texas, the CEO and co-founder of the company tipped to launch another fully autonomous edition of the same.
The AeroMobil 3.0 is like any other normal car, fits into a standard parking space and can commute through road like any other car does. But the gasoline consuming car can also take off like flights right from any grass strip or paved surface that are just a few hundred metres long.
Powered by a Rotax 912 engine, like any other traditional aeroplane uses, the AeroMobil 3.0 is touted to reach a top speed of 160km per hour. With a flying range of 875km, the car consumes 8 litre fuel for travelling 100km.
The AeroMobil 3.0 is predominantly built from advanced composite material. That includes its body shell, wings and wheels. It also contains all the main features that are likely to be incorporated into the final product, such as avionics equipment, autopilot and an advanced parachute deployment system.
AeroMobil 3.0 also implements a number of other advanced technologies, such as a variable angle of attack of the wings that significantly shortens the take-off requirements and sturdy suspension that enables it to take-off and land even at relatively rough terrain.
The makers asserted that the AeroMobil 3.0 will be available for sale by 2017. Though the manufacturers haven't mentioned about the price, the car is surely going to cost a fortune. But good things don't come for cheap, right?