Terrafugia Transition: The flying car exists and it is butt ugly

While I salute the ingenuity of its inventors, the $194,000 Terrafugia Transition flying car is probably not going to get a lot of love when you could buy 10 hybrids for the same price. (Or a hybrid and a considerable portion of a time share on a small plane.)

It’s even relatively practical: it converts from plane to car in just 30 seconds. [via Jalopnik]

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14 Responses to Terrafugia Transition: The flying car exists and it is butt ugly

  1. edgore says:

    Think about how much cooler the promo would be if you actually saw it, you know, fly!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Tesla had a waiting list, these guys will too!

  3. Anonymous says:

    thats not a “Flying Car” , that’s a “Drive-able Plane”… huge difference.

  4. Marcel says:

    Every Imperial Stormtrooper should have one.

  5. ROSSINDETROIT says:

    Years ago you could buy a conversion kit that added wings, an additional engine and pusher prop to a Ford Pinto. I once saw a video of one flying. It’s surprising to see it done even though it’s not done well.

  6. GregLondon says:

    a flying-car is about as useful as a submersible-helicopter.

    I want my damn jetpack already.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Pft… Everyone knows that flying cars have existed for decades. The problem is that they haven’t yet invented flying roads.

  8. muteboy says:

    I look forward to the regular overhead crashes as the sky fills with flying cars and jetpacks. A side-industry will be armoured umbrellas.

  9. tuckels says:

    Clearly flying car means plane with fold up wings.

  10. wil9000 says:

    OHKAYE, Let’s do the math.

    Microwave oven + Mini Fridge + Coffee Maker =
    Crummy microwave fridge coffee maker. Each piece dies a separate, ugly death.

    Boat + Car =
    A crummy boat that drives like a car on the water and/or a crummy car that drives like a boat on the road.

    Car + Plane =
    Your choice, Fiery death on the road or firey death falling from the sky.

    Combining things to make other things just doesn’t work.

    Except for the Transformers.
    Except for the Transformers movie. Which Sucked.

  11. Earth Man says:

    Yeah, you’re going to feel really cool when one of those flimsy-ass wings snaps off in mid-flight.

  12. harpdevil says:

    HOW is that thing practical? It’s huge, it only seats one person, no boot space, you’d need to find a large area away from all over drivers to deploy the wings, and the run up space to get it in the air. This is not the future my friends.

  13. overunger says:

    >yawwwn< — call me when there’s anti-gravity propulsion.

  14. jitrobug says:

    So, er, uh.. how are the crash test ratings?

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