Saturday, July 3, 2010

A Much Prettier Flying Car

Coming off Wednesday's post on the oh-so-ugly but oh-so-real flying car (or, more accurately, driveable airplane), comes this followup: A truly pretty flying/driving vehicle... although not quite reality just yet: The Samson Switchblade.

It seems to me that the main problem with flying cars is what to do with the wings. When the wings of the Terrafugia Transition mentioned in the other article are folded up, the car winds up looking like one of those billboard advertisement trolleys you see running around town.

As you can see: Not so with the Switchblade. With this design, the wings swivel forward and underneath the chasis, like a pair of jacknifes. And the rest of the vehicle's style: Sleek, you have to admit. In my personal opinion, aside from the outré (but obviously necessary) rear tail section, this little number meets my already-admitted desire that my flying car look like a Ferarri.

Anyway, best of luck to Samson in making their Switchblade a (safe, viable) reality. Like the Tesla before it, style is every bit as important as function when promoting a new technology. The Switchblade has style.

No comments: