A flying car in the style of “Back to the Future” is set to take off within two years.
The Model A from Alef Aeronautics is almost ready for series production – 2,800 buyers have already placed pre-orders.
A prototype wowed audiences this week at the Detroit Auto Show, one of the largest auto industry events in the United States.
Alef founder and CEO Jim Dukhovny said: “It is still not the final consumer version. But at this point it’s pretty close.”
He hopes the first £236,000 Model A will be built by the end of 2025.
The 17-foot-long electric car was first sketched on a napkin in 2015 – the year Marty McFly lands in the 1985 film “Back to the Future.”
It has a mesh body with a rotating center cabin, can travel 200 miles and fly 110 miles.
After vertical takeoff, it can fly over obstacles “until a desired destination is reached.”
The company has permission from the US government to conduct test flights.
Earlier this year, following the FAA certification, Dukhovny said, “We are pleased to receive certification from the FAA.”
“It allows us to give people a greener, faster commute, saving individuals and businesses hours every week.”
“It’s one small step for airplanes, one big step for cars.”