Terrafugia Wants To Put Its Transition Flying Car On Sale In 2019

Terrafugia intends on putting its Transition flying car on the market in 2019 for an as yet undisclosed sum, CNET reports.

The Transition was first shown to the world more than six years ago, and while the project did seem dead in the water for some time, the company received a serious boost last year when it was purchased by Geely.

Terrafugia’s creation is curious, to say the least. The company claims that it has been “designed to fly like a typical Light Sport Aircraft in the air and drive like a typical car on the ground.” It is officially dubbed a “folding-wing, two-seat roadable aircraft” and is one of just a host of proposed flying aircraft to pop up over recent years. Even Aston Martin jumped on the bandwagon a few days ago.

When in flying mode, the Terrafugia Transition runs on typical automotive gasoline, has a cruising range of 400 miles (643 km/h) and can fly at up to 100 mph (160 km/h). The company has been slightly less forthcoming about how the Transition will perform on the road, but claims it will be capable of driving at highway speeds.

The company says it has logged hundreds of hours of flying time in its host of prototypes, which makes its 2019 target seem attainable.

While some companies are actively pursuing the idea of flying cars, many believe they will play no significant role in the future of transportation. One of these people is Elon Musk, who believes flying cars could “guillotine” people.

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  • Blanka Li

    Prediction: If the mid-engine Corvette finally, actually becomes a reality, so will the flying car. These two unicorns are connected somehow.

    • lagunas3ca

      There is no unicorn like the flying car as it was patented 36 years before the Corvette was introduced in 1953.

  • Doodez

    I’m still waiting for the HeliCar to go on sale.

  • Tydogg123 .

    Just buy a Cessna and an electric scooter. There’s absolutely no need to try and make planes to be road legal, especially in the days of Uber/Lyft which makes land transport easy at smaller airports.

    • Doodez

      Come on man, why are you bringing so much logic to these pages??!!

      • Tydogg123 .

        I know, I know….
        I grew up both loving Popular Science magazine and the idea of flying cars, as well as having a father with a single engine Cessna. The amount of maintenance, pre-checks, and safety protocols in a plane is nothing like on a car. I cringe at the thought of wings that fold for the purpose of “driving around town”.

    • Dude

      I’ve always thought the same thing and most of the industry is moving past that. Drone taxis make much more sense and they’re already used in Dubai.

  • Status

    This idea has been toyed with for decades, and nothing produced ever looked feasible. Folding wings look goofy, the prop can never be hidden, and skirted wheels always look ridiculous in flight.

  • robotlogic

    Looks like the first speed bump it attempts to drive over will rip those low cut front wheel fairings off.

  • Mr. EP9

    All this talking about flying cars and I’m here waiting for those jet packs to arrive.

  • Dude

    “Car”

  • Mike anonymous

    How many times am I gonna have to say this…. IT’S NOT,.. A FLYING.. CARRRRR. (that thing is a miniature airplane with 4 wheel suspension).

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