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Terrafugia, the Massachusetts-based flying car company, has announced that it is one step closer to putting a road-and-air-going flying car in your driveway. A suitable production facility has been located in Woburn, MA, just down the road from the company's headquarters. A story posted on USAToday.com states that production could begin within three months, and that Terrafugia plans to hire 50 skilled workers over a period of three years. Extensive testing will begin on two prototypes – one will focus on flight behavior while the other will stick to the ground. If that's the case, three months seems pretty optimistic.

Regardless, we are getting closer to realizing many a young person's dream. A flying car evokes romantic visions of picking up a date then soaring through the clouds. Sure, the styling of the Terrafugia Transition is a cross between a PT Cruiser and a Paul Walker Pep Boys special, and yes, we are also aware that the skies will eventually become clogged with traffic and flying down the Air-405 will be a nightmare. Still, it's not often you get to see a childhood fantasy come to life.

[Source: USA Today]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Why keep reporting this as a flying car when its patently not? Its a street-legal airplane. Pretty massive difference.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh look! Now you can put an unsightly huge wing on a car and have it serve an actual purpose!
      • 5 Years Ago
      EPA sticker:

      Land: 22/34mpg.

      Air: 2mpg
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was kinda making a joke.
        I didn't know that any kind of air vessel could be that efficient though!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, based on the information on their web page, at cruise (105mph) it will burn 5 gallons per hour. That translates into 21mpg. What car can go 105 and get over 20mpg?

        Plus, it's traveling on a direct course, so traveling from one city to another would be shorter than driving (unless the road is a straight line!) Yes, the mileage is better driving than flying. But to most people their time is worth something as well. Making the trip in half the time (or less) can justify the increased fuel cost.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why would i spend that money on this car? I could buy an R8 and a used 172 for this price or a BRAND new SPORT LIGHT aircraft for the same money.
      Why get a medicore car and plane in one package for more money?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Damn straight! That kind of money would have me in a nice 182!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Next time you're on an open 3-lane highway with enough space around you, just pull the wings down and take off. The plane should come with a telescopic rearview camera so you can see the looks on the faces of people behind you!
        • 5 Years Ago
        So buy an extra gas tank and make it worth it.
      • 5 Years Ago

      So is your car capable of jumping or burrowing?
      • 5 Years Ago

      Interesting technology, BUT you are basically getting a vehicle that handles like a crappy car and probably flies like a low-end airplane.

      AND according to their website, the thing will cost between $200,000 and $250,000.


      If I had $200,000 to waste, I'd rather buy a $100,000 used Porsche Turbo (or new BMW M3 coupe) and a $100,000 airplane.
      • 5 Years Ago
      do not want. that is all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why not? I think it's awesome! Styling aside...

        I'm actually REALLY excited because this is in the town next to me. I never have anything interesting in regards to cars or automo-um-planes to check out so I'm excited!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The carnage to start in the beginning of next year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just looked up the address and found that I've driven right past this place 1000 times.

        One thing I wanted to point out was the name combination.

        The brand "Terrafugia" and "Flying Car"... From a marketing perspective, the name "Terrafugia" has got to go. At a glance you can see "Terra" "Flying" which is related to "Terrifying". Subliminally and indirectly of course.

        Time for a brand change.... Oh and I was just going to suggest "Fugia" but it can be coined as "Fugly" for folks that don't like the styles (which it's ok, I'm just italian exotic inspired soooo)Any way, Fugly means "f'n ugly" around here....

        So we've got Terrifying and Fugly Flying Cars

        Someone might wanna let them know ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        can't wait til I see this thing on my radar scope (I'm also an air traffic controller)

        but this seems like more of a competitor to a Cessna 172 than anything. I mean who's going to be driving down the highway in this???
        • 5 Years Ago
        this is an ULTRALIGHT AIRPLANE... not a car.

        It won't be a car till it can seat 4 adults comfortably and perform vertical takeoffs and vertical landings without having massive rotor blades like a Helicopter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who is going to buy this thing? If you can afford a plane I think you can afford a car rental or a cab.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice babe magnet ya got there


      • 5 Years Ago
      Not "Flying Car".
      "Road-able" aircraft.

      Big difference.

      Note: Pilot's licence required for flight.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is NOT a car of any type. It is a certified aircraft which requires a pilot's license and must be flown from airport to airport - just as any other plane. It may be road worthy, but so could be a helicopter with wheels, and at least helicopter takes off vertically with no need for an airport.

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