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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 10th 2010
6--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, July 10, 2010 FLYING CAR The future is here Sky's the limit for high-flyers The world's first genuine flying car has just been cleared for take-off in the US. PAUL GOVER reports from Los Angeles UP, UP AND AWAY: The Terrafugia Transition has a top flight speed of 187km/h. DRIVERS --- or pilots --- will only have to complete 20 hours of special training before they can hit the sky --- or the road --- in a Terrafugia Transition. Clearance for the Sport Pilot certification came this week from the US Federal Aviation Administration which has classified the Terrafugia as a light sport aircraft, allowing owners to fly-drive without comprehensive training. The waiting list for a Terrafugia aeromobile is already forming, with a $200,000 price tag and a likely delivery date sometime in 2012. The interest generated by the potential for a car-plane or plane-car since they emerged as dream machines in the 1950s already has more than 70 people committed to putting a Terrafugia in their garage --- or hanger. The Terrafugia first emerged in 2006 when a prototype was built by a team of five pilots trained in engineering at the Michigan Institute of Technology. It completed its first flight trials in 2009. The MIT-trained team has been busy building and refining a vehicle that rolls on four car-style wheels and has folding wings which to allow it to drive into a standard household garage. The biggest challenge was meeting the weight limit, but the Terrafugia has been granted an exemption by the FAA because of equipment including airbags and crumple zones which are needed to pass passenger car safety regulations. The Terrafugia has a top speed of 187km/h, can carry 195kg and has a range of 740km. But those are the flight specifications and there is no news yet on what the vehicle will do on the road. But the Transition already has one major advantage over other aircraft --- it can be driven home if the weather turns bad. †Limited offers available on new vehicles at Tilford. Private and ABN buyers only. Tilford and Ford Australia reserve the right to change or extend these offers. *Figures obtained from controlled tests using ADR81/02. Actual fuel consumption will depend on many factors including driving habits, prevailing conditions and your vehicle s equipment, condition and use. Focus LX manual 7.1L/100km. #Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG Inc., and is used under licence. ~iPod is a trademark of Apple Inc. Connection cable sold separately. ^When fitted with a Genuine Ford heavy duty towpack and load levelling kit. Manual models only. Subject to State and Territory regulations. DTA0418_HM FOCUS LX AUTO $23,990 DRIVEAWAY† Price includes prestige colours speed utom tic it e uenti l ports i t Economic l . L engine, 8. L/1 km* Du l ront nd side curt in irb gs Dyn mic t bility Control MP3/iPod connectivity~ FIESTA LX 5 DOOR $17,990 DRIVEAWAY† Price includes prestige colours uel e cient 1.6L engine, 6.1L/1 km it m nu l tr nsmission* Driver nd ront p ssenger irb gs MP3/iPod connectivity~ luetoot it Voice Control# TERRITORY TX RWD $36,990 DRIVEAWAY† Price includes prestige colours uel econ. 11.6L/1 km* Du l ront nd side curt in irb gs Cruise control Dyn mic t bility Control TILFORD PTY LTD 2 4 0200 RANGER X XLT CREW CA PIC -UP $37,990 DRIVEAWAY† Price includes prestige colours Up to 3 kg to ing c p city^ 3. L Turbo Diesel engine 5 speed m nu l irb gs A
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