The flying car has always had a special place in the American imagination. Inventors have been trying to make them since the 1930s, according to Robert Mann, an airline industry analyst who owns R.W. Mann & Co. in Port Washington, New York. But Mann thinks Terrafugia has come closer than anyone to making the flying car a reality.
The Transition is the world’s first practical flying car. A folding-wing, two-seat, roadable aircraft, the Transition is designed to fly like a typical Light Sport Aircraft in the air and drive like a typical car on the ground. It will run on premium unleaded automotive gasoline, fit in a standard construction single-car garage, and convert between flight and drive modes in under a minute.
The Transition can reach around 112 km/h on the road and 185 km/h in the air. On the ground, it gets 15 kilometres per litre. In the air, the Transition will have a cruise range of 400 miles with top speeds up to 100 miles per hour. On the ground, the Transition will drive at highway speeds. The Transition will create a new dimension of freedom, fun, and flexibility, and will bring a new standard of safety to personal aviation.
The first prototype was built and flown in 2009, followed by a second iteration in 2012. Today, Terrafugia is finalizing production vehicle design and compliance testing in preparation for vehicle deliveries within the next years.