A prototype flying car has completed a 35-minute flight between international airports in Nitra and Bratislava, Slovakia. AirCar, a hybrid car-aircraft which is equipped with a BMW engine and runs on regular petrol-pump fuel. Its creator, Prof Stefan Klein, said that it could fly about 1,000 km at a height of 2,500m.

AirCar was patented by Slovenian start-up Klein Vision. The recent test flight was its 142nd successful landing in Bratislava. Besides being fitted with a 160HP BMW engine, it is also equipped with a fixed propeller and a ballistic parachute. Under the supervision of the Civil Aviation Authority, the AirCar has completed over 40 hours of test flights, including steep 45 degree turns and stability and manoeuvrability testing.

A Flying Car Has Just Been Tested, And the Results Are Hopeful
AirCar on land. It can transform itself into a sports cars in under three minute.

The vehicle can transform into a sports car in under three minutes from an aircraft. Unfortunately, the aircraft are not able to take off and land vertically and it requires a runway. In the air, the vehicle reached a cruising speed of 170km/h. It can carry two people, with a combined weight limit of 200kg.

There is already high expectation in the market for flying cars, whereby in 2019 Morgan Stanley had predicted the sector could be worth $1.5 trillion by 2040. BBC reported that flying cars is considered a potential solution to the strain on existing transport infrastructure.