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.

Another exemption granted to the Tradition was the use of its own polycarbonate windscreen. This windscreen is far different from the ones used by cars because it allows it to be sturdy enough to withstand the pressure of being airborne. It also eliminates the possibility of the glass from fracturing in high-level impacts. These set of new exemptions, as well as other such lee-ways it received a year ago, will be a boon for Terrafugia as it attempts to be one of the first brands to offer a a flying car to the market.

On that end, Terrafugia still has plenty of plans for the Tradition to undergo more extensive testing to ensure that the product meets all the safety standards that goes with a vehicle that has rarely been done in the past.

If all the safety tests are approved, the company is expected to green light the production of the car-plane hybrid, possibly as soon as early as next year. Terrafugia has stated that a piece of this one-of-a-kind hybrid vehicle will sell for around $200,000 with a reserve deposit costing $10,000.

It’s still far from a reality, but we’re certainly keeping our fingers crossed that the car finally hits production soon. Of course, we’re still wary of all the safety tests that’s going to be done on the Tradition, but if they do pass all of them, then the thought of seeing flying cars in our cities is going to take a huge leap to becoming more of a reality.

Some features in the next generation design include:

  • Automotive-style crash safety features including an energy absorbing crush structure in the nose of the vehicle and a rigid safety cage to protect the occupants.
  • A customized, intuitive touch-screen interface in the cockpit.
  • An improved wing with an optimized airfoil and a folding mechanism that operates smoothly and safely from inside the cockpit.
  • A pusher propeller with an open empennage that makes efficient use of the 100 hp Rotax 912S mid-mounted engine in flight and is locked in place when driving.
  • Rear-wheel drive with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and tuned independent suspension for responsive road handling.


  • Max, Vh: 100 kts (115 mph, 185 km/h)
  • Cruise, Vc: 93 kts (105 mph, 172 km/h)
  • Stall, Vs: 45 kts (51 mph, 83 km/h)
  • Range: 425 nmi (490 mi, 787 km)
  • Takeoff: 1700’ (518 m) over 50’ obstacle
  • Gross takeoff weight: 1430 lbs (650 kg)
  • Empty weight: 970 lbs (440 kg)
  • Useful load: 460 lbs (210 kg)
  • Fuel burn at cruise: 5 gph (18.9 L/h)
  • Usable fuel: 23 gal (87L)
  • Mileage on road: 35 mpg (14.9 km/L)


  • Rear wheel drive on the ground
  • Automotive-style entry and exit
  • Two place, side by side
  • Automated electromechanical folding wing
  • No trailer or hangar needed
  • Cargo area holds golf clubs


  • Drive in case of inclement weather
  • Proven 100 hp Rotax 912S engine
  • Full vehicle parachute available
  • Modern glass avionics
  • Automotive crash safety features



  • 80" (2m) tall
  • 90" (2.3m) wide
  • 18’ 9" (6m) long


  • 78" (2m) tall
  • 26’ 6" (8m) wingspan
  • 19’ 9" (6m) long


  • 48" at the shoulder
  • Carry-on luggage
  • Golf clubs
  • Two place, side-by-side

Source: TG Daily

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  (484) posted on 08.5.2011

Who told you that it was released SmokingTires? This is just a concept, and it is too far from reality. Manufacturers are still on the research stage because they are still unsure what kind packages that a flying car must have.

  (596) posted on 08.4.2011

The Terrafugia hasn’t announced and reveal the full detail of this vehicle! I wonder where would I park this vehicle if ever I buy this flying car? I think the government should build a special parking lot for this one!hehe 

  (419) posted on 08.4.2011

Wow! I thought the Terrafugia has already dropped this concept.. I didn’t know that they have its production. I think this is the only flying car exist! This is the first ever flying car, I wonder if they have planned in putting this vehicle in the Guinness World Book of Record! 

  (434) posted on 07.26.2011

For me, it does not look like a sports car. It is more of an airplane. They just put a headlight and wheels, then they call it a flying car. If they really want to call that a flying car, they must remove the wings.

  (488) posted on 07.22.2011

Cool! If this car would be available and reliable enough. I guess driving around on this vehicle is feels like having you private plane! Too bad that this concept still need a further study.

  (434) posted on 07.22.2011

Well, I’m not really convince on the reliability of this vehicle. I wonder on how far can it go? And does it need a special parking lot or helipad? I have a lot of question for this production.

  (579) posted on 07.11.2011

And now, the flying car gets its permit to test. And that’s unbelievable! I hope everything will be fine. Am I going to see flying cars on streets?

  (630) posted on 07.11.2011

Well, it’s a good thing to know that cars like this gets approval from government officials. It simply tells us how safe and efficient this car is.

  (320) posted on 07.8.2011

Actually, I have seen this one a few years back already. But I never thought that this one would actually push through beyond the design concept. Now, lets just cross our fingers for it to become a reality.

  (473) posted on 07.8.2011

Well, with that graphical representation, I don’t think that I’m convince that they have made it perfectly. Same here, I want to see on how this car will fly in the air. I still have a lot of question on this car. I hope to read complete review for this. BTW, I wonder on how the owner will park this vehicle on public establishment?

  (429) posted on 07.8.2011

The last time that I have heard about this flying car is around 2009 and I have seen that its altitude is too low and I never knew that they continuous working on this project. And here it is the first flying car! I wonder on how high this vehicle can fly? I hope to see an actual flying video for this one.

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