Flying car that can be used by ordinary middle-class travellers is no longer a fantasy as Massachusetts-based Terrafugia is readying its flying car for sale in 2015 for $300,000 that can travel for 500 miles.
Not leaving the race is a newcomer — Austria-based firm Slovakia Aeromobil that will display its proto-type “Flying Roadster” at the upcoming Pioneers Festival in Vienna on Oct. 29, 2014.
The new Aeromobil will transform from car to a plane by unfolding its wings that fit alongside the car’s main cockpit, while the propeller is fitted in the rear. It is nowhere near the tiny Terrafugia TF-X, which is more elegant and really looks like a car. Though TF-X is to roll out next year, reports said it would be only 2021 that this car would take off from the ground.
“In terms of automobile configuration, it fits to a standard parking space, its engine enables it to tank at any gas station, it is fully accustomed to road traffic and as a plane it could both take off and land at any airport in the world,” said the company on its website.
The Aeromobil, fitted with a 27-ft wingspan, uses a Rotax 912 engine. On the ground it has a top speed of 100 mph and can reach up to 124 mph in flying mode. Aeromobil’s cruising range is 430 miles compared to terrafugia’s 500 miles. With two seats, the Flying Roadster weighs 1,000 lbs.
Developed by Stefan Klein, who began designing flying cars in 1990, the Flying Roadster is the third version and its 2.5 Aeromobil prototype made a demo flight in 2013.
Here is a picture of Terrafugia’s flying car Transition.