Flying cars may still be years off from mainstream adoption, but companies continue to test the feasibility of the transportation method with the latest coming from AirCar that successfully completed a 35-minute city-to-city flight.
The AirCar Prototype 1 is equipped with a 160 hp BMW engine with fixed-propeller and a ballistic parachute. The flying car has completed more than 40 hours of test flights including a steep 45 degree turn and stability and maneuverability testing.
The Prototype 1 has flown at 8,200 feet and reached a cruising speed of 118 mph.
A pre-production Prototype 2 model will be equipped with a 300 hp engine and receive the EASA CS-23 aircraft certification with an M1 road permit. Prototype 2 can travel at 186 mph and has a range of 621 miles.
In the video, AirCar, which looks like someone slapped wings and a motor onto a regular automotive, flies from the international airport in Nitra, Slovakia, to the international airport in Bratislava. In about three minutes, the vehicle then converts to driving mode and takes a trip downtown.