Behold, The Flying Car
The future is here and it’s called the Terrafugia Transition. The flying car has been a lofty ambition for decades and at long last the dream has been realized. No longer is a subject for retro dreams and wistful thinking, the Terrafugia Transition hailed as one of the most innovative inventions in recent years, is almost ready to hit the market.
Developed by Carl Dietrich, the flying car’s development was not all smooth flying. The project hit some turbulence when authorities required some $18 million worth of redesign. The effort was well worth it and earlier this year the US National Highway Safety Administration approved the new vehicle and cleared it for use. It is possible that the US market could see the car on the roads and in the sky by the end of 2012.
European fans are hopeful that the car will soon be cleared in their own country since Europe and the US share similar safety standards. It is hoped that the car will be approved for Europe without complication or hassle.
The Terrafugia Transition is the first of its kind and is a blending of car and plane. On the road the car is capable of reaching up to 62 mph with 115 mph being possible in the air. To operate the vehicle drivers will need a light aircraft license and undergo 20 hours of training. The target market in the United States is the hundreds of fly-in communities found across the country who will find this vehicle the perfect match for their lifestyle.
The estimated price for the Terrafugia Transition is currently averaging about $230,000. Already 100 customers have shelled out the deposit amount of $10,000 to reserve their own flying machine.
Transitioning from plane to car mode just takes 15 seconds as the wings retract to the body of the vehicle and transfer power from the propeller to the wheels. It is easy to see why many would find the flying car an attractive notion offering the ultimate in travel efficiency.
The car will be able to fit in a standard size garage and is cleared for road use. The Terrafugia Transition is sure to draw attention as it takes off from airstrips and drives down freeways. While expensive many believe that the new flying car is well worth the price if for nothing else than to realize a lifelong dream.
It’s like a Transformer,” Dietrich said of his new creation and it is easy to see the similarities.
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