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World’s first Flying Car

By Naved Akhtar     Jan 11, 2009 in Technology
Massachusetts based Terrafugia have developed the Transition – a road legal car that can transform from a plane to a two seat car in 15 seconds is set to take to the air next month.
The boss of Terrafugia, Carl Dietrich, told The Times: “It’s like a little Transformer”
“This is the first really integrated design where the wings fold up automatically and all parts are in one vehicle. All we have is one simple folding wing, and that means the Transition takes just 15 seconds to switch between flying and driving.”
If the Transition survives its first test flight manufacturers envisage the car will be in showrooms in around 18 months time. The Transition uses normal unleaded fuel, is powered by the same 100bhp engine both on the ground and in the air.
Once the Transition has its wings deployed and the propeller spinning it can take off from any airfield. It is illegal to take off from roads in the US except in parts of Alaska. Cruising at speeds of around 115mph the Transition can fly up to 500 miles on a single tank of petrol. However, currently it has only been tested on roads up to speeds of 90mph.
Terrafugia have had many technical reasons preventing the Transition taking to the air sooner in particular the various road and aircraft licensing authorities wondering how to classify it.
The Transition will cost $200,000 (£132,000) and Terrafugia hopes to deliver the first production car by the middle of next year. They have already taken 40 orders, majority of the orders coming from retired or near-retired customers.
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