See World's First Commercial-Available Flying Car In Los Angeles

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It'll be displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

From now until April 1st, this contraption will be on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The Petersen is easily one of the best auto museums in the world, if not the best. Some of the most incredible cars ever made make their home there, including everything from hypercars to the iconic Ford Model T. The past, present, and future of the automobile is on display there. So, it makes sense that what Aeromobile sees as the future of transportation should be seen there.

We went down to the Petersen in Los Angeles to see what was up with Aeromobile's take on the flying car. First impressions? It's huge. The thing does have a 30-foot wingspan, after all. The Aeromobile, which is both the name of the company and the car, occupied a large part of the Petersen's front lobby.

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Right now, the in-person vehicle looks very much like a concept. The interior isn't exactly what we'd call "on display," but some glimpses of the seats are visible through the tinted glass. Really, the biggest impression of the Aeromobile is left by its wings. The company worked with Rolls-Royce and other aerospace manufacturers like Lockheed Martin on the concept. The luxury carmaker doesn't just produce cars like the Rolls-Royce Ghost after all. Rolls historically builds engines for aircraft as well. Speaking of, the brand also worked with the makers of the BMW M3, though in what capacity was not explicitly stated.

Our guess is much of the mechanicals and projected figures were arrived at through partnerships with brands like BMW, Aston Martin, and McLaren. Aeromobile also worked with Mercedes-AMG F1 team and Scuderia Ferrari. Talking of projected figures, the Aeromobile claims a range of 600 miles on the ground at 320 miles in the air with two occupants. It'll also hit 62 MPH in around ten seconds with a top ground speed of 100 MPH.

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At seven feet wide with wings closed, the Aeromobile is hindered by the traditional Achille's heels of the flying car: size and practicality. After navigating the crowded streets of downtown LA in our Honda Civic Si loaner (which is lovely, by the way), it's hard to see how anything much bigger than that would be useful in the City of Angels. Regardless, the concept is impressive, as is the rest of the Petersen Auto Museum. Both should be on your list if you're making a trip to sunny California.

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