Terrafugia Inc., developer of the Transition street-legal airplane, has begun feasibility studies of a four-seat, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) plug-in hybrid-electric flying car, the TF-X.
TF-X provides vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capability with electric motors and custom-made quiet rotors, company officials said in a prepared statement.
“TF-X gets its power in forward flight from a powerful turbine engine,” officials said. “TF-X seats four and drives like a normal car. It will be fully street legal.”
“This is the right time for us to begin thinking about the future of the company beyond Transition development,” says Terrafugia CEO/CTO Carl Dietrich. “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’s design team is excited to be looking ahead to TF-X development activities as the Transition program shifts from research and development to certification, production, and customer support activities, he added.
“The Transition serves as a Proof of Process for TF-X development and commercialization through the many technical, regulatory, and usage challenges it has overcome,” officials said.
Terrafugia (terra-FOO-gee-ah), based in Woburn, Mass., is an aerospace company founded by pilot-engineers from MIT and supported by a network of advisors and investors. The company name is Latin for “escape the earth.”
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