It’s sort of a car, and kind of a plane – and it’s supposed to be able to fit in your garage.
Since 2006, Terrafugia has been working to develop a true flying car that’s safe, economical and practical to use. Though it’s a massive leap in methods of transportation, and one that may yet be decades away from public trust, it’s exciting nonetheless- and they’ve pushed it closer to reality for almost a decade.
A July 20 press release from the Massachusetts-based company shared new renderings and an animated video of their latest concept development, the Outer Mold Line for the TF-X. On May 10, 2013, they first introduced the TF-X concept as a hybrid car capable of vertical takeoff – no runway necessary. The newest design update is much sleeker than the first TF-X we saw – the headlights are longer, the slope of the hood into the windshieled is smoother and the color patterns look similar to those of a BMW i8.
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These new designs are a huge increase in beauty of design from the Terrafugia Transition. Their first vehicle that was road-legal and capable of flight was successfully tested July 2013, and looked quite a bit like a small private plane with folding wings.
Of course, the TF-X is still a concept. There’s no way to guarantee the impressive numbers in the video above are accurate. A 4-passenger car with autonomous flight, a 500 mile cruising range, a hybrid powertrain, a full megawatt of power, a 200 mph cruising speed and vertical takeoff are all exciting prospects, but at this point, they’re just prospects.
The release tells us a one-tenth scale model of the Outer Mold Line TF-X was successfully developed, and is set to be tested at the MIT Wright Brothers wind tunnel in the near future.
Check out the photos of this incredible concept below. If you feel yourself itching for a vehicle with a little more rubber on the ground, be sure to browse our exclusive listings at duPontREGISTRY.com.
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