June 20, 2013
Is it a plane? Is it a car? Well, so far, a flying car prototype is the best answer—and a late one at that. Massachusetts firm, Terrafugia, has been promising delivery of the Transition for almost four years. The latest missed deadline? The end of 2012, and to date, still no Transition. As you’d expect, it’s hard to build a flying car.
Founded in 2006 by a team of MIT-trained aerospace engineers and MBAs, Terrafugia had hoped to deliver the Transition in 2009. A prototype did fly that year, but after tests were completed, the Transition design was altered significantly. Another prototype took to the air last year. However, an unanticipated “redesign cycle” to address more issues discovered during testing has been ongoing for over a year now.
On completion of this latest round of testing, Terrafugia will build a vehicle for crash testing, a drive test mule, and what is expected to be the final flight test prototype prior to production. Delivery is now estimated to be between January 2015 and March 2016.
This article was posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 5:00 am