the fantasy of flying car grips us. we fall prey to this desire to get our cars into the sky, thanks to the frustration serves up by constant gridlock and the steady bombardment of this fantasy by sci-fi movies. as flying car inches towards reality, we are also quick to realize something: do we really have the luxury of runway to take off and land as we wish? probably not and that’s why, in future, there will be the Terrafugia TF-X Vertical Take-Off Flying Car. conjured by the very same people who gave you the Transition flying car, the TF-X is designed to land and take off vertically like a helicopter and requires just helipad or a parking lot to do so.
this four-seater hybrid with wings features electrically-powered folding wings which unfolds to reveal two 600 hp electric motor pods that will provide the lift for the TF-X. when reached the desired attitude, the motor pods rotates forward and at this point, both the electric motors and a 300 hp engine collaborates to propel the flying car forward. at cruise speed, the propellers take a breather while the engine continues to offer you 200 mph (322 km/h) of flying speed for up to 500 miles (805 kilometers). if realized, the TF-X would be the most car-like flying car we have seen to date. however, there’s one question we have in our mind: would the downwash caused for the vertical take-off system send debris flying around and possibly, causing property damage and injury to people? well, it would be interesting to know.
officially, the Terrafugia TF-X Flying Car is still in its infancy, but the prospect of a vertical take-off flying car (and one that doesn’t resemble a Cessna or a gyrocopter) is still as exciting, even though it is said that it would have a price point of “very high-end luxury cars of today.” learn more about the Terrafugia TFX Vertical Take-Off Flying Car HERE.
UPDATE [October 16, 2013] good news flying car enthusiasts! the Terrafugia TF-X Vertical Take-Off Flying Car has a price and rough availability; it will be available as early as 2015 for about $280,000, which that leaves you about fourteen months to one and a half years to save up for it. ready? [via]