Flying car set for take off

Flying car set for take off

The Terrafugia Transition flying car is to go into production after it was given the all clear by the US Federal Air Authority.

The Transition, which was shortlisted in the 2010 Conde Nast Traveller Innovation and Design Awards, is a two-seater vehicle complete with airbags and roll cage that uses front-wheel drive on roads with its wings folded. To take flight the wings unfold, and it has a rear-facing propellor to help it take off.

Expected to sell at around ?130,000, the US company behind the vehicle say that they already have 70 orders from customers keen to get behind the wheel of a flying car. With speeds of up to 115mph and a range of 460 miles, it can complete flights (and drives) from London to European cities like Hamburg, Stuttgart, Lyon, Bordeaux, and Frankfurt.

As the Transition has been designated a “light sport” aircraft, it makes it possible for novice pilots with only 20 hours flying experience to fly. It needs a runway a third of a mile long, and if weather conditions are poor in the sky then it can land and continue the journey by road.

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