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Car (South Africa) - - CREDITS -

For decades, the idea of the fly­ing car has cap­tured the pub­lic’s imag­i­na­tion and it’s no dif­fer­ent to­day. With ever-more con­gested roads, the ap­peal of the con­cept is at an all-time high and hy­brid tech­nol­ogy may just be the en­abler to get us a step closer. Amer­i­can avi­a­tion com­pany Ter­rafu­gia was founded in 2006 and was re­cently pur­chased by Zhe­jiang Geely Hold­ing Group Co (the owner of Volvo). It an­nounced its Tran­si­tion two-seater fly­ing hy­brid car will go on sale later this year. The Tran­si­tion is pow­ered by a 75 kw Ro­tax four-cylin­der en­gine when in flight mode, with a top speed of 160 km/h and a range of over 600 km. Its party trick is that the wings fold up when it lands and it trans­forms into a car with elec­tric mo­tors driv­ing the wheels. Be­cause of the lim­ited vis­i­bil­ity, there are three ex­ter­nal cam­eras. Lit­tle info is avail­able about its road per­for­mance ex­cept the ve­hi­cle can be driven to your home from the air­port and be fu­elled at a nor­mal fuel sta­tion for its next flight. It would re­quire both a pi­lot’s and driver’s li­cence to op­er­ate and no word on the price yet…

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