Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Terrafugia - Not Just a Car, and Not Just a Plane.. It's Both!

Yesterday's post showcased a rather unusual car - one that could drive underwater - and I was subsequently left wondering what other odd vehicles have been built. Therefore, I thought it was only fitting to post a concept car  which is the exact opposite of the underwater car. Meet the Terrafugia, a car that transforms into a plane, and actually flies!


Although it is marketed more-so as a plane that can transport itself and store easily, the Terrafugia is fully functional on the roadway. The theory is that the average pilot will want to cut his or her expenses, and will appreciate a lightweight aircraft that you can store at home, and literally drive to and from the runway. I really like this concept because it makes aircraft ownership much more practical for the average person, and I would consider purchasing one of these if I won the lottery.

The specs from the company's website, which can be viewed HERE are as follows:
Max, Vh:
Cruise, Vc:
Stall, Vs:
Range:
Takeoff:

100 kts (115 mph, 185 km/h)
93 kts (105 mph, 172 km/h)
45 kts (51 mph, 83 km/h)
425 nmi (490 mi, 787 km)
1700' (518 m) over 50' obstacle
Gross Takeoff Weight:
Empty Weight:
Useful Load:

1430 lbs (650 kg)
970 lbs (440 kg)
460 lbs (210 kg)
Fuel burn at cruise:
Useable Fuel:
Milage on road:

5 gph (18.9 L/h)
23 gal (87L)
35 mpg (14.9 km/L)

I especially like how the wings are mechanical and fully automatic, and how you enter and exit the aircraft as you would a car. The convenience of this vehicle also got me thinking... who else could benefit from this technology? And then it dawned on me! The most refined gentleman on this planet, the Traveling Businessman, could put this vehicle to use. The sky is the limit for he who wears the skunk hat. Fly on, Traveling Businessman, fly on.
In all seriousness, however, I believe the Terrafugia to be an excellent fusion of car and plane. This vehicle is actually available for purchase from the manufacturer, so it's not some far-off future concept. The website doesn't specify a price, leading me to believe that it's quite expensive.

19 comments:

  1. the future is here haha.. good post

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  2. So... what you're saying is I probably can't afford one of these bad boys?

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  3. omfg!!! a flying car! totally want one! how much?!

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  4. That is a really cool concept vehicle. I'd buy one too if I hit the lottery.

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  5. Interesting, but do you need a flying license for this? :D

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  6. This is so cool! I wish I could just enter the car, go to the freeway and take off...

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  7. When it took off I didn't think that it was going to make it, looked like it was going back down right away.

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  8. I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS SINCE I WAS BORN

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  9. there are some other aircars out there too, one of em uses like 4 rotary engines and looks pretty cool, i forget what it's called though...look into VTOLs for more.

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  10. Indeed, future incoming :)

    Great post :)

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  11. Ya I love your hat Das. Very sexy!

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  12. what fuel it use then coz car and airplane fuel are different. care to shed light?

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