Terrafugia TF-X Takes Flying Cars in New Direction… Literally


Maybe you remember Terrafugia, the company that brought a flying car to the 2012 New York Auto Show’s hallway.

It didn’t have a booth beside conventional automakers, but then again there’s nothing conventional about its products. Product delivery for the Transition, which features folding wings and 100 unit orders as of last year’s show, are still pending. Despite that, the Massachusetts company unveiled a new concept this week that builds on the futuristic flying car idea.

Terrafugia calls its latest concept the TF-X. The company’s newest vision doesn’t need the roughly 1,700 feet of runway space to take off that the Transition does. Instead, the vehicle is able to take off like a helicopter and fly forward using a rear-mounted propeller.

“We are passionate about continuing to lead the creation of a flying car industry and are dedicating resources to lay the foundations for our vision of personal transportation,” Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich said.

Meanwhile, there are still the 100 orders for the Transition, which has gone through two design phases so far and is about to enter a third. That vehicle was said to cost $279,000 in New York last year.

The TF-X remains a concept for now, and the company hasn’t offered any price hints.

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