PISS OFF, ŠKODA — for the past twenty years, Slovakia’s Štefan Klein has been engineering an actual flying car. It’s not what I had originally imagined growing up, but this car is seriously badass. The Aeromobil 2.5 prototype was last presented during the SAE Aerotech Congress & Exhibition in Montreal, Canada, and was very successful in takeoff and landing. Unlike other flying car prototypes, Klein’s mechanical baby fits nicely in a normal parking spot, and can safely land in virtually any airstrip or grassy field available. According to an article in The New York Times, once in the air the vehicle has a “ceiling of about 6,000 feet, a range of 430 miles and a top speed over 100 m.p.h.”
I am super pumped that this vehicle may be something I use in my lifetime, but also that it was patented in Slovakia. Slovaks are already awesome, and this flying car is going to put their country on the map, giving people more to talk about than that ridiculous scene from Euro Trip.