Ever since the invention of the automobile and airplane, there had to have been someone who figured combining both into one would be an amazing idea. After all, it didn’t take Back to the Future Part II to convince us that a flying (let alone time traveling) car would be ingenious.
Massachusetts-based aircraft company Terrafugia completed the first flight of its Transition Roadable Aircraft Proof of Concept or, in more straight forward terms, flying car.
The Transition is a two-seat, front wheel drive car that can reach highway speeds. A 30-second change is all that’s needed to go from plane to car. Both the wheels and the propeller are powered by an unleaded gasoline engine with a tank that’ll provide up to a 450 mile range at over 115 miles per hour.
“This breakthrough changes the world of personal mobility. Travel now becomes a hassle-free integrated land-air experience. It’s what aviation enthusiasts have been striving for since 1918,” says Carl Dietrich, CEO of Terrafugia.
While it’ll be some time before anyone will have a real flying car on the road, getting one in the air is a much closer reality. According to Terrafugia, the Transition is categorized as a Light Sport Aircraft, and requires a Sport Pilot license to fly--but the prototype will undergo additional advanced flight and drive testing before it’ll be ready for primetime.
There’s no official pricing just yet, but expect it to be just under the $200,000 mark. Terrafugia is now taking refundable deposits of $10,000.
For now, check out the videos links below for a look at the Transition in the air and on the road.