• Aug 5th 2008 at 9:04AM
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We've brought you flying car prototypes before, including the famously never-quite-completed Moller Skycar, and so in keeping with that Jetson-motive reportage tradition, we now present for your perusal the Terrafugia Transition®. This roadable Light Sport Aircraft takes advantage of the strength and lightness of carbon fiber for its body work to keep its empty weight at 850 lbs. and get about 460 miles of flying/driving pleasure from 20 gallons of super-unleaded. That's about 23 mpg from the 100 hp Rotax 912 S, which isn't bad considering you can cruise in the air at 115 mph. The rear-propellered Transition® doesn't take off and land vertically so some sort of airfield is needed but, of course, a rental car counter is not. Although there is mention of an optional vehicle parachute on their website, it is unstated whether the air car comes with air bags.The company says it has over 50 customers lined up and waiting for a 2010 delivery. The first test drives are scheduled for October with the first flights to follow soon after. Hit the jump to check out the excellent interview recorded at AirVenture Oskhosh 2008 with company co-founder, Samuel Schweighart, as he demos the folding wings and too-cool cockpit of this future craft. Bonus video added of an animated Transition® doing its flying/landing/driving thing.

[Source: YouTube / Terrafugia Inc.]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      It's been done. The Aerocar was made in the mid 1950s. There is even a complete one for sale at http://www.aerocarforsale.com/.

      Interesting story, be sure to read the info at all the tabs at the bottom of the page.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a private pilot, I would hate to see the day when cars fly. Fortunately, for a variety of reasons, it won't happen. Kinda like the "hydrogen economy" -- the reality is that it just is not practical.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, and fossil fuels will never run out, and the masses will stay earthbound forever.

      Like it or not, regardless of the success or failure of this particular version, the concept will live on. Arguments to the contrary don't seem to take into account technological innovation.

      Once upon a time, horse teams were the only "practical" way of crossing the continent. Now its 5 hours, in a vehicle nay sayers a hundred years ago would have told you "won't happen."
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Aerocar flew in the mid 1950s. How quickly we forget.

      See http://www.aerocarforsale.com.

      There is a lot of interesting information if you follow the links at the bottom of the page.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why do people waste time and money on flying cars?
      • 7 Years Ago
      this one is almost like a flying car but radio controlled!
      I'd rather just control them remotely than sit in one with the threat of death!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man, this is a sweet idea. I have to travel for business form the SE to NE and midwest 6 times a year and this would make it so much quicker! (I currently drive a Prius for these trips, so while I'm doing much better than a Transition with regards to cost and emissions, the time savings would warrant serious consideration.) Now if they could just get it to 50+MPG in car mode...
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