Future, Here We Come: The World’s First Flying Car

December 19, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Starting next year, the world’s first commercially available “flying car” will take to market – yours for just £127,000 – $194,000.

The Terrafugia Transition is a light sport airplane with four wheels and foldable wings.  It can soar up through the skies just like a regular aircraft then land on the ground, fold up its two wings and drive down the road at highway speeds.


Measuring 19 feet long, it boasts an airborne range of 460 miles and top speed in the air of 115 mph.  According to early reports, the plane uses unleaded gasoline – no rocket fuels necessary.  It runs via the 100 horsepower four-stroke Rotax 912S engine

About as wide as most normal cars (with a little extra due to the folded gliders), the Terrafugia Transition should fit in most garages and drive as a legal vehicle on the road.  A special code requiring a pilot’s license is required to get the wings to unfold via an integrated security system.   Unlike most flying car concepts that fly from a standing position, however, the Terrafugia Transition needs a runway like any regular plane.

Interested pilots (yes, you need to be a licensed flyer to buy one) can reserve a unit of the flying car (or is it a highway airplane) for £6,500.  Deliveries are scheduled to be made towards the end of next year.


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