The Terrafugia Transition is more of a drivable plane than it is a flying car, but it is a trailblazer in the industry nonetheless. At 225 inches long, 80 inches high, and 90 inches wide, it is a little bit awkward. The length is a little bit shorter than your average four-door pickup truck, as is its height. At 90 inches wide – 11 inches wider than a Ram 1500 – it is really not suited for cruising down a country road.
All of that said, this is still an innovative vehicle and it looks like it’s close to finally bringing us to the reality of cars that can fly. The Terrafugia Transition has been under development for what seems like forever, and it is finally undergoing FAA testing. Just recently, it passed the first round of in-flight testing, leaving just five more test rounds to go, then it needs to pass driving safety regulations.
From the looks of things, the Terrafugia Transition is a sure thing, as the company is already taking $10,000 reservations for it, and is saying that it anticipates a one- to two-year lead time until it is delivered.
Like we said, this is not your daily driver car, it is something that will be convenient to drive to the airport and fly somewhere, as opposed to having to store it in a hangar. This is, however, a solid step in the right direction of flying cars. Given the automotive world’s copycat nature, other companies will be quick to take Terrafugia’s technology and find out how to make it more compact and drivable, once all of the testing is complete.
Now, will we ever be able to flip our wheels inward and take off Back to the Future style? Probably not in my or your lifetime, but one day it is possible and they will look back on this Terrafugia as the car that spawned it all, given it doesn’t fall out of the sky on one of its tests.
Terrafugia has moved one step closer to bringing the world a flying "car."
A future of flying cars is still probably a long ways away from happening - if it ever makes it that far - but at least there’s some baby steps taking place that are heading in that direction.
Terrafugia Inc., a company responsible for the development of the Transition Roadable Aircraft, has been granted a number of testing exemptions by the Department of Transportation and has since been designated as a road-legal car.
One of the more pertinent exemptions given to the Transition is the use of tires that have been duly rated for highway speeds and vehicle weight, permitting the vehicle to use the same tires it used in past drive and flight tests a few years ago.
UPDATE 04/03/12: The Terrafugia Tradiion Flying Car will make its long awaited debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show. It remains to be seen what kind of modifications Terrafugia has done on the flying car since we last saw it so it should be interesting to see the car-plane on the New York floor.
Hit the jump for more information on the Terrafugia Flying Car as well as a list of specifications.
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