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World’s First Flying Car Set To Go On Sale

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  • New. World’s First Flying Car Set To Go On Sale

    A Chinese company called Terrafugia is preparing to unleash a vehicle called the Transition which can turn from an automobile into an aircraft in just a minute.

    ‘The Transition is the world’s first practical flying car,’ Terrafugia wrote.

    It is fitted with a parachute system as well as a ‘boost’ mode to give a ‘brief burst of extra power while flying’.

    It travels at just 100 miles per hour, making it slower than the world’s most sluggish jet, the Soviet PZL M-15 Belphegor which was built to be used on massive state-owned farms.

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    The most striking aspect of the Transition is its folding wings, which extend to allow flight and can be retracted when driving on roads.

    The Chinese news agency Xinhua said pre-sales will begin in October 2018. Terrafugia previously said the Transition would cost $279,000, although a Terrafugia reportedly revised the cost upwards to somewhere between $300k and $400k. This means it could have a price of more than £300,000 in the UK.

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    The Transition is designed to travel at speeds of up to 100 mph, and a “boost” mode will offer a “brief burst of extra power while flying,” according to Terrafugia. On the road, the flying car is powered by a hybrid motor.

    Terrafugia was founded by graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 and later acquired by Volvo’s parent company, Chinese manufacturer Geely, in 2017. The Massachusetts-based company announced in July that it was on track to begin production of the Transition next year.