Take A Day Trip In An Amazing $279,000 Flying Car

Terrafugia Transition Flying Car

Photo: via YouTube

Ever since The Jetsons were popular on TV, the notion of a flying car has been the dream of people around the world.But the big issue is that George Jetson made it look easy. If you didn’t realise it, flying is actually incredibly complicated.

Add the need for wings and an additional powertrain, and a flying car becomes an even tougher proposition. And no matter what was said in Back to the Future, a flying car would still very much need roads.

However, Boston-based Terrafugia believes they have made the best compromise they can with the Transition, a street-legal flying car.

Yes, you read that right: You may soon be seeing a plane next to you on the road.

But what would it be like to own the $279,000 Transition?

(via YouTube)

There are certain expectations when you open the garage door.

And most of those do not involve seeing some sort of squashed aeroplane pulling out.

From the cockpit, the Transition is supposed to feel and act like a normal car.

It is rear-wheel drive, but we don't really expect spirited on-road handling.

At just 1,430 pounds, it is one of the lightest cars on the road.

Terrafugia says the Transition can get 35 MPG on the road. That is better than a vast number of cars on the road today.

And it runs on super-unleaded fuel, so that means you can fill it up yourself at any gas station.

Just expect a ton of questions from other motorists as to what exactly you are driving.

The Transition has to take off from an airport. Sorry, but there is no easy way to get out of traffic.

At the press of a button, the wings fold down and the awkward looking car becomes an interesting looking plane.

Like any aircraft, it behooves the pilot to get out and make some pre-flight checks. It can still crash.

After the checks, the only thing left to do is taxi to the runway...

...and take off!

From this angle it doesn't look different from any plane.

But from the cockpit it looks like the biggest car jump ever. The steering wheel always stays in place.

A full load of fuel will let the plane fly for about four hours at a cruising speed of 105 MPH.

After landing, it's the whole procedure in reverse.

All the pilot needs to do is fold up the wings and extend the mirrors, and it's time to hit the road.

And just like that, a trip to see a friend faraway only requires one vehicle.

At $279,000, it might be a tough sell. It'll be interesting to see if the Transition can take off with plane enthusiasts.

Right now, a $10,000 refundable deposit will reserve you a Transition. We can't wait to see who buys one.

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