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The BMW-Powered Flying Car: Everything We Know So Far
By ALVIN REYES
Klein Vision AirCar
Stefan Klein co-founded Klein Vision in 2017, along with entrepreneur Anton Zajac, and immediately developed the AirCar using brand-new technology. With four wheels, retractable wings, a folding tail, and a parachute deployment system, AirCar made its first maiden flight in 2020.
Air-Certified
After 70 hours of flight testing with over 200 takeoffs/landings, AirCar received a Certificate of Airworthiness from the Slovak Transport Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency. This important milestone cleared the way for AirCar to become the first mass-produced flying car.
BMW Powerplant
Although AirCar is not a BMW-branded flying car, it does feature a BMW gasoline engine, which makes sense given the automaker’s history with aircraft dating back to 1916. AirCar sports a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 140 horsepower, climbs to 8,200 ft., and has a 186 mph cruising speed.
Flying Boat?
If all goes according to plan, AirCar will spawn four different versions: a two and four-seat AirCar, a twin-engine, high-performance model, and even a flying boat concept. It would seem Klein Vision has all the bases covered in fulfilling humanity's passion for flight.