A flying car will make its public debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show, just a few weeks after its prototype completed its first flight.
Terrafugia Inc., a Massachusetts-based company, hopes to have the Transition on the market within the next year. During a testing last month, the vehicle flew at 1,400 for eight minutes. The wings fold up so it can be also be driven as a car, and it’s equipped with two seats and four wheels.
It has a 23-gallon gas tank and can be filled at any gas station. The vehicle burns 5 gallons per hour in the air and gets 35 miles per gallon on the ground.
“The Transition isn’t designed to replace anyone’s car, but it could replace your airplane,” the manufacturer said on its website. “The Transition won’t be flown in and out of the congested commercial airspace that most commercial airlines and air travelers use. Most of the 5,200 public airports around the U.S., where one would fly a Transition, are underutilized.”
Around 100 people have already put down a $10,000 deposit for the Transition. When it goes on sale it’s expected to cost $279,000.
The Transition is currently going through automotive crash tests to make sure it meets federal safety standards. The government allowed the company to use special glass and tires that are lighter than the ones used on automobiles, and granted temporary exemption from a rule that requires vehicles to be equipped with electronic stability control.
With Associated Press