A Flying Vehicle!

By Meera Dolasia on January 14, 2009

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If you have ever wished that you could avoid the snarly road traffic and soar up in the skies, your wish may come true soon - that is if a new kind of vehicle makes a successful test flight/run next month.

Dubbed Terrafugia Transition, the car, whose wings fold up or open out with the push of a button, can switch from a two-seater roadster to an airplane in just 15 seconds. With the wings folded in, the car is small enough to fit in a normal garage, alleviating the need for a special place to park.

Also, unlike normal airplanes, it runs on unleaded fuel, so can be refueled at any ordinary gas station.

Equipped with a 100 brake horsepower engine, (similar to the Ford Escort), the vehicle is alleged to be able fly a distance of 500 miles on one tank of gas and drive at speeds of up to 115mph.

Besides the price tag, which is estimated to be about $200,000 USD, there is one catch. In order to take-off, the Terrafugia Transition needs an empty runaway of 1,700sq ft - a little difficult to find in the middle of a busy highway.

And then there is that slight problem of obtaining insurance, as the companies having never contemplated a flying vehicle before, have no idea how to classify it, or even price it. Drivers of course have to have a valid driver's license and a pilot's license before they can get behind the wheel.

However, all these are minor issues for people who really want the car and the company says it already orders from 40 people. If the vehicle survives its maiden test, the company is hoping to have the Terrafugia Transition in showrooms within 18 months. We for one can't wait to see it!

Sources: Dailymail.co.uk, Timesonline.co.uk

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  • lv4c4
    lv4c4Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 7:11 am
    The flying car is good because you would not have to pay to go on a plane
    • fhduhFriday, April 12, 2013 at 9:52 am
      i wuld love one
      • BlobMonday, March 25, 2013 at 7:49 am
        I want one!!!!!!
        • personTuesday, March 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm
          cool
          • roco 4i86554r4Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm
            Awsome
            • DJempireThursday, January 31, 2013 at 5:24 pm
              I not 16 yet! Noooooooooooo!!!
              • SlendyWednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm
                2 for the very high price of one
                • alex22469Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm
                  suddenly tempted to buy!!!!! NOOO
                  • noahshark
                    noahsharkWednesday, December 5, 2012 at 5:44 am
                    I Love flying it is awesome and now I get to drive and fly . . . Someone get me an aspirin.
                    • monkey100778
                      monkey100778Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm
                      Cool

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