About Terrafugia and its concept of a flying car, we first talked back in 2013. Since then, the vehicle has changed its appearance several times, and the company itself has gone under the wing of the Chinese giant Geely. Initially, the company promised to release its Terrafugia Transition in 2015. But it did not grow together. Recently it became known that the serial version of the flying product will go on sale next year. At least that's what the official website says.
Terrafugia Transition is a hybrid mixture of an electric car and a compact airplane with folding wings, powered by a more conventional internal combustion engine and a rotor. Undoubtedly, the vehicle looks more like a compact airplane than a car, but its creators state that the device passed all the necessary tests and received all the relevant safety certificates not only in the Federal Air Transport Agency but also in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The serial version of the aircraft promises some updates, compared to its previous prototypes. For example, the serial version will offer a higher flight speed, a full parachute system, improved avionics, as well as a more comfortable cabin / cockpit for the pilot and passenger.
In the flight mode, the cruising speed of the Transition will be about 160 km / h. The device will consume about 22 liters of fuel per hour, and its range without refueling will be about 644 kilometers. The maximum height threshold is 3000 meters.
The company does not yet report how much Transition will cost. But the device is unlikely to be cheap. Again, speaking frankly, it is generally difficult to imagine that there will be a mass buyer for it. Like most modern “two-in-one” projects, it is unlikely that this vehicle will show miracles both in flight and in the car mode. In our opinion, it would be wiser to choose some compact “Cessna” and “Mazda” Miata.