Terrafugia Engineers Plan Tiltrotor Hybrid Car
Terrafugia, the developer of the Transition roadable airplane, says it is designing a hybrid electric/fossil-fuel-powered flying car in the form of a tiltrotor. The TF-X would use electric drive on the ground and for power assist on takeoff. After reaching cruise, the twin tiltrotor pods would fold their propellers flat while a rear-mounted engine-driven shrouded fan would provide propulsion. The TF-X would fit in a standard one-car garage, carry four people, fly 500 miles, take off vertically and “land automatically.” Capable of automatically avoiding other traffic and auto-landing by itself in an emergency, the TF-X would require only five hours of operator training, says its developer.