World’s First Flying Car To Go On Sale For £300,000 Next Month (Photos)
A Chinese company called Terrafugia is preparing to unleash a vehicle called the Transition which can turn from an automobile into an aircraft in just a minute.
It travels at just 100 miles per hour, making it slower than the world’s most sluggish jet, the Soviet PZL M-15 Belphegor which was built to be used on massive state-owned farms. The most striking aspect of the Transition is its folding wings, which extend to allow flight and can be retracted when driving on roads.
It is fitted with a parachute system as well as a ‘boost’ mode to give a ‘brief burst of extra power while flying’. The Chinese news agency Xinhua said pre-sales will begin in October. Terrafugia previously said the Transition would cost $279,000, although a Terrafugia reportedly revised the cost upwards to somewhere between $300k and $400k. This means it could have a price of more than £300,000 in the UK. ‘The Transition is the world’s first practical flying car,’ Terrafugia wrote.
‘A two-seat roadable light sports aircraft, the Transition features wings that fold and unfold, converting between flight and drive modes in under a minute. ‘Eliminating the hassle of hangar storage, ground transportation, and aviation fuel, the Transition fuels up with automotive gas and can be stored in your home garage.’ Terrafugia is also working on a larger craft called the TF-2, a three-part vehicle featuring a pod which can be carried by either a lorry or a strange-looking aircraft with wings and propellers. ‘The TF-2 is a three-part integrated transportation system that achieves a new level of comfort, convenience, and efficiency,’ it wrote. ‘With a detachable pod configuration, passengers and cargo will be able to travel seamlessly to their final destination.’
A view of the Transition flying through the air
An artist’s impression of the Terrafugia Transition
The two-seater vehicle can fold up its wings to travel on roads