Remember Terrafugia, the American company that promised to make the flying car a reality with the Transition? The only problem was that the prototype had a limitation: A pilot's license was required to fly it, thereby excluding the general public from the chance of acquiring one. Well, it has revealed that it is now working on a new concept that is "designed to be the flying car for all of us."
Called the TF-X, the four-seater flying car is a hybrid, with twin 600hp electric motor pods powering the propellers that fold out from the car's body, allowing it to take off and land "from a level clearing of at least 100ft in diameter," negating the need for a runway. Once the TF-X reaches an unspecified altitude, the pods fold forward and a 300hp engine powers up to recharge the electric motors' batteries. The propellers then fold flat and the engine takes over, giving the TF-X a maximum speed of 322kph and an 805km range.
What really makes the TF-X convenient is that it is capable of taking off, flying and then landing on its own.
Terrafugia admits that developing the TF-X would take from eight to 12 years. So, if a customer would like to buy one once it goes into production, the company is urging the customer to consider placing a reservation for the Transition first.
"The Transition will be delivered long before the TF-X is ready, and as loyal Terrafugia customers, Transition buyers will be given the option to purchase TF-X vehicles before the rest of the public," the company said in a statement. "The knowledge and experience you gain as a Transition owner will help prepare you for the TF-X, and your feedback on our first product will help us craft the second."
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