Terrafugia TF-X Flying Car
It turns out getting a flying car off the ground isn’t as easy as we all want it to be. The TF-X, by American company Terrafugia, was actually announced back in May 2013 and is still someway off production, but the company has announced a successful prototype and some exciting details for the concept, including the exterior design for the TF-X.
So while the prototype for the TF-X was actually only a one-tenth scale model in a wind-tunnel, it has been successfully tested and is currently on display at the EAA AirVenture aviation convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Terrafugia said, “The model will be tested at the MIT Wright Brothers wind tunnel, the same tunnel that was used to test models of Terrafugia’s Transition. The wind tunnel test model will be used to measure drag, lift and thrust forces while simulating hovering flight, transitioning to forward flight and full forward flight.”
The TF-X is the second venture by Terrafugia after the Transition aircraft, which was successfully flown in 2013. The Transition is thought to be coming to the market by the end of this year or next year but delivery of the first units was originally expected in 2011, and has been postponed numerous times since, so we’re remaining a little sceptical. When it does arrive, some have projected it’ll set Joes back around £250,000. It also looks pretty cumbersome and not the most delicate of things!
But the newer TF-X looks fantastic and will be a hybrid electric vehicle. It will be able to carry four people, fit into a standard single-car garage, and be both street-legal and, most importantly, Terrafugia say it’ll be easy to fly with only five hours of training needed.
The Terrafugia TF-X is still estimated to be about 10 years away so there’s naturally been no word on price yet. But as far as looks go, we think this is the best example of a production-able flying car we’ve seen. Certainly more appealing than the Transition or the AutoMobil flying car we told you about a few months ago. Keep yourself updated by checking the Terrafugia Website.