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AeroMobil: The World’s First Flying Car

By Krish Narsinghani

As of late, 360 Magazine, had the opportunity to sit down with AeroMobil’s Chief Commercial Officer, Karl Hermanns, to discuss the first ever vehicle to fly and drive, the AeroMobil 4.0. The 360 team witnessed its beauty in-person and sat in the two-passenger cockpit whilst asking all the burnings questions that would be flying through one’s head. No pun intended.

Coming from the luxury brand and art space, Hermanns, was recently onboarded to strategize the launch plans and release for later this year. Currently in the soft launch phase, the world can expect the Aeromobil to be available for pre-order later this year and delivered to the first customers in 2024. With hundreds of hours of flight testing, the prototype is currently in Europe.

“We’ve all seen flying cars in movies and Science-Fiction for years and years. It’s finally real and will be in the sky two years from now… it’s an engineering miracle,” Hermanns pointed.

The 4.0 model number attached to the name stems from the 4th iteration of design for the craft – it’s been in development for about ten years. Each iteration has advanced the aerodynamics, technology and overall flight experience. For hundreds of years, it’s been impossible to get the science right but the engineering team, based in Europe, have solved travel hybridity for the first time. An engineer from the team was on-site and explained that the hardest challenge was getting the weight and proportions right of the two-ton beast to ensure proper takeoff when thinking of adding two passengers, fuel and baggage.

From an opening glance, the model screams Back to the Future. With wings spanning a total of thirty feet, the AeroMobil was the hottest attraction for guests wandering the Petersen Automotive Museum. The invention is fully automated with the wings folding into the body of the vehicle in under 90 seconds. It’s similar to those of a bird or insect the way it functions. It’s twenty feet in length and slender look may have a driver intimated at first, when in actuality, it’s size is comparable to that of an F-150 or Escalade. It’s worth noting that a four-seater version is also in design meant to be used as a ride-sharing service. Call it a “flying Uber” if you will, measured at an untapped 70 billion dollar market.

The vehicle wasn’t designed to compete with hyper cars at lightning speeds but for the intended use of traveling between land and air. Top driving speed is set at 100mph while flying spews a solid 160mph and 300 horsepower. With a range of 320 miles driving and 460 miles flying, passengers can minimize travel time and compete full trips with the one fuel up.

Comparatively, fully electric flying vehicles might be coming the market soon, but as of now they are less far along in terms of milage range. eVTOL (Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing) vehicles have a subsequently shorter flying distances of ten miles or so at a time, due to batteries weighing down the aircraft. The AeroMobil can be fueled at any normal gas station and only requires a 400 yard ramp for takeoff and landing. Talk about conveniency when saving more time driving all day, beating out traffic, and even dealing with delays at the the airport!

A light aircraft private pilot’s license is required to fly. Forty hours of training are required to get said license. A massive portion of the ten thousand landing strips are under utilized but are open to the public, plus infrastructure that’s already built. The AeroMobil will be priced at approximately two million USD.

A show model is currently available for viewing at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. Watch the commercial at the following link.

AeroMobil Show Model

ALCANTARA × LA AUTO SHOW

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Los Angeles Auto Show

A RIDE INTO LIFESTYLE

The home of the LA Auto Show saw Alcantara train its headlights on its very special relationship with the automotive industry at a landmark exhibit that debuted at the Petersen Automotive Museum last night, November 29th 2017. The “Ride Into Lifestyle” pop-up show artistically reimagined the intersections of luxury fashion, design, technology, art and engine that Alcantara is known for globally.

The show was a creative tribute to one of Alcantara’s key assets and distinguishing features – versatility. Curated by revered artist and designer Rebecca Moses, “Ride into Lifestyle” was an experience. Guests ‘took a spin’ through an imaginary landscape celebrating symbols of contemporary style, outsized objects that rendered guests Lilliputian and revealed the extraordinary. The unique installation was the backdrop to an event that promised to take guests on a journey of the mind and spirit, transposing elements of the everyday and pushing the boundaries of the imaginary. The installation interpreted elements of luxury lifestyle – the It Bag, the Designer Shoe, mood-setting statement furniture, the next-gen tech device, and a gown fit for a silver screen star with a train doubling as a fairy-tale highway – all crafted with Alcantara®. The automobile is the dreamlike visitor and observer of this world of style and fashion that marries art and technology.

The common thread was Alcantara® – a modern sustainable material made in Italy with unrivalled versatility and ability to adapt to the needs of a broad range of industries. Alcantara’s many applications embody style, sustainability and luxury.

“We are very excited to be here, in the beautiful framework of the Petersen Museum of Los Angeles. The “A Ride Into Lifestyle” event represents an extraordinary occasion for Alcantara® to strengthen its capability to master all the realities of contemporary lifestyle, from fashion to automotive, from hi-tech to interior design, always combining tradition and innovation under the banner of authentic Made in Italy quality,” said Andrea Boragno, Alcantara’s Chairman and CEO. “Thanks to our privileged long-time relationship with the world of art and design, Alcantara® embodies elegance, style and beauty”.

Alcantara S.p.A. – www.alcantara.com

Founded in 1972, Alcantara represents a prime example of Italian-produced quality. As registered trademark of Alcantara S.p.A. and result of a unique and proprietary technology, Alcantara® is a highly innovative material, offering an unrivalled combination of sensory, aesthetic and functional qualities. Thanks to its extraordinary versatility, Alcantara is the choice of leading brands in a number of application fields: fashion and accessories, automotive, interior design and home décor, consumer-electronics. These features, together with a serious and certified commitment in terms of sustainability, make Alcantara a true icon of contemporary lifestyle: the lifestyle of those who want to fully enjoy their everyday life, respecting the environment. Since 2009 Alcantara is certified “Carbon Neutral”, having defined, reduced and offset all the CO2 emissions derived from its activity. To mark out the path of the company in such a field, every year Alcantara draws up and publishes its own Sustainability Report, certified by Bdo authority and available also on the corporate website. Headquartered in Milan, Alcantara production site and R&D department are located in Nera Montoro, in the heart of Umbria Region (Terni).

 

 

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