Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I Guess It Was Unreasonable To Expect A Ferrari

It's fugly, but no doubt it's as close to a proper flying car as we've yet seen: It meets all road safety requirements, and can still fly.
The two-seater Transition can use its front-wheel drive on roads at ordinary highway speeds, with wings folded, at a respectable 30 miles per gallon. Once it has arrived at a suitable take-off spot — an airport, or adequately sized piece of flat private land — it can fold down the wings, engage its rear-facing propellor, and take off. The folding wings are electrically powered.

Its cruising speed in the air is 115mph, it has a range of 460 miles, and it can carry 450lb. It requires a 1,700-foot (one-third of a mile) runway to take off and can fit in a standard garage.
It's just under $200,000 and they are taking orders.

I suppose if you think about it as a plane that you can drive home when the weather is too bad... or when you are too stoned or drunk to actually fly the thing... it's not a bad little machine.

1 comment:

WillyJ said...

Hey that's neat. If they can make one that can also travel on water then it would be perfect. Can't remember exactly, but I think I watched James Bond with a similar vehicle.