With the wings stowed, it pretty much looks like a run-of-the-mill supercar.
The idea of a personal flying car is one that has fascinated futurists for generations, and with big-name automakers like Hyundai and General Motors announcing their intentions to explore the concept more fully in the coming years, it seems we might finally be on the cusp of something.
But it's not just the legacy automakers looking to get in on the flying car craze. Just check out this flying car prototype - the KleinVision AirCar - which just completed its maiden flight late last month. It uses a singularly cool transforming design that, while in "car mode," actually looks pretty car-like - if you can forgive the massive rear wing and the propeller.
The KleinVision AirCar's most distinguishing feature is its wings, which fold into the body of the car in "car mode" so that it ends up looking kind of like a Koenigsegg Agera, if you squint at it. Getting flight-ready, which involves deploying the wings and extending the elevator at the back rearward, takes a total of three minutes - not quick enough to get it done at a red light, maybe, but not an unreasonable length of time, either. The operator doesn't have to leave the cabin while the transformation takes place, either, making this one of the more tenable flying car concepts we've seen.
There are, of course, a number of obstacles still when it comes to flying cars. For one thing, the operator would almost certainly need to have both a driver's license and a pilot's license, and the vehicle would likely have to be registered as both a passenger car and an aircraft. The AirCar also needs plenty of runway for takeoff, essentially making city operation a nonstarter, and there's a host of FAA regulations that need to be complied with.
Our point is: don't expect to see the KleinVision AirCar on the road anytime soon. But as a proof of concept, this is one of just a handful of flying cars that's ever been built that actually works - and it's not too hard on the eyes, either.