Terrafugia unveils new design for TF-X flying car

Special Cars 24 Jul 2015
Terrafugia unveils new design for TF-X flying car

Terrafugia has presented the new design of the TF-X, the four-seat, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) hybrid electric aircraft, styled by designer Vedran Martinek.


The updated Outer Mold Line (OML – an aeroshell’s outer surface) design for the TF-X™, was developed in collaboration with automotive designer Vedran Martinek.

Terrafugia TF-X Flying-car - Design Rendering - Drive mode

Terrafugia TF-X Flying-car - Design Rendering - VTOL mode

The TF-X is the evolution of the company’s Transition aircraft, presented in 2013. Compared to it, it introduces two electric pods for vertical landing and showcases a more streamlined, integrated design.

Terrafugia TF-X Flying-car - Design Rendering

Based on the new OML, Terrafugia also developed a one-tenth scale wind tunnel test model, which is currently on display at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.

Terrafugia TF-X Flying-car - Design Rendering

The model will be tested at the MIT Wright Brothers wind tunnel, the same tunnel that was used to test the Terrafugia’s Transition.

The wind tunnel test model will be used to measure drag, lift and thrust forces while simulating hovering flight, transitioning to forward flight and full forward flight.

2012 Terrafugia Transition Flying Car

Below is the footage from the first public demonstration of the Terrafugia Transition at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, WI 2013.

For more information on the project you can check Terrafugia’s official website.

(Image Courtesy: Terrafugia and Vedran Martinek for Car Body Design)

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