The Republican Mousetrap…

by Mike KrumboltzWeird-looking cars are a dime a dozen. Far less common are weird-looking cars that can also fly AND have approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. Indeed, as far as we know, there’s only one of those babies: The Terrafugia Transition.

The private aircraft/funky-looking car has been in the news before. But the recent announcement that it’s going into production sparked mega-searches on the Web. Almost immediately, online lookups for “terrafugia transition” and “terrafugia transition pictures” both, well, took off.

A popular article from the UK’s Daily Telegraph explains that the FAA’s special exemption allows the vehicle to function as both a “light aircraft” and a car. Normally, for a plane to meet the “light aircraft” designation, it can weigh no more than 1,200 pounds. The Terrafugia Transition weighs 1,320, due primarily to the number of car-related safety features, like airbags and crumple zones. The “light aircraft” designation is key, because licenses for planes with that label require only 20 hours of flying time. Fewer hoops to jump through means more potential sales.

So, how does the plane/car work? Check out the flying car’s official video below. So far, 70 people have placed a deposit. The total retail cost: $194,000. Expensive, but really, can you put a price on skipping commercial flights?

Isn’t what this guy has actually done
is create a novel way to rid the gene pool of a few of the stupid and rich, that we seem to have an excess of nowadays?

One of my problems with it is that it looks like a 1957 BMW Isetta, not a 2010 ‘Clane’ (Car+Airplane).

This is one bumofugly dog, and as Pontiac found out with it’s Aztek, it don’t matter how good the idea is, no one wants to be seen in one.

Cars are an extension of American’s self construct, an appendage of their id, which allows people to function with a basic sense of self worth and well being.

Far deeper than ego, a person’s vehicle for self preservation is also the vehicle they drive.

We drive what drives us.

If we’d never had access to cars it would have been something else.

It used to be horses, then buggys, now it’s cars.

Some women still seem to be stuck at shoes, but that’s beside the point.

This clane will find a small niche, a cult following that will be self-culling, for many reasons.

But that’s probably all.

When someone realizes that design itself must incorporate an id factor in it’s visual, this genre may assume it’s role in society.

Until then most folks will just point, and laugh.


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