The Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 recently announced that he wants to invest in another company.
The Aeromobil company, which develops innovative cars in Slovakia, will be joined by a new investor: Patrick Hessel, founder and CEO of the c2i company that produces composition parts for aviation and automotive industries, the Sme daily wrote on April 5.
“The advanced level of virtual design, simulations and calculations impressed me a lot,” Hessel told Sme. “Already during the past two years, AeroMobil 3.0 showed its flight and driving abilities.”
Switching to serial production
This investment will enable the company to switch to production of the latest model and its prototypes, the investor claimed. “The team that met in Aeromobil is absolutely unique and has great potential to achieve a global change in passenger transport,” he added.
The financial backing of the Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 came shortly after the Korean company LG Hausys acquired a majority share in his company, c2i. It is a daughter of the Korean LG company.
This also happened at a time when, according to information of the Trend weekly, rumours of disputes between the founders of AeroMobil, Juraj Vaculík and Štefan Klein, spread on the market. Klein allegedly even left the company – which was denied by the firm, however.
Thanks to the new investor, the company will soon complete and present the physical model which will be very close to the final product for serial production, co-founder and head of the company Vaculík said.
“The result of our engineering and analytical work is a very precise image of how our product will work, and we are also convinced that the vehicle we are going to present can be delivered without any big changes,” Vaculík added, as cited by the daily.
In the second half of this year, the company wants to start accepting preliminary orders, and the first flying cars could be delivered to clients as soon as on the break of 2018 and 2019. It has not been published yet how much they will cost.
The c2i company, which enters as a new investor the AeroMobil, is not new in the automotive or aviation industry but produces ultra-light carbon components for it.
The Slovak company supplies components for carmakers and producers like BMW, Porsche, Jaguar Land Rover and B/E Aerospace.