It costs more than my Yugo but interesting.
John, you’re a genius! I’ve been racking my brain to come up with the automotive equivalent to this flying joke, and that’s exactly what the Terrafugio is, a flying Yugo.
Q. How do you double the value of a Yugo?
A. Put a gallon of milk in the back seat.
Q. What comes with every Yugo User’s Manual?
A. The bus schedule.
Q. Why does a Yugo have rear a window defroster?
A. To keep your hands warm as you push it.
Q. What do you call a Yugo at the top of a big hill?
A. A miracle!
Two guys in a Yugo were arrested last night in Oakland following
a push-by shooting incident.
Q. How can you get a Yugo to do 60 miles an hour?
A. Push it off a cliff.
Q. Why do Yugos have a heater for the back window?
A. To keep your hands warm when pushing.
Q. Why don’t Yugos sustain much damage in a high speed front-end collision?
A. The tow truck takes the impact.
Yeah, and I used the hand warmer one twice on purpose! Always cracked me up.
Who but the Russians (Serbians actually) could take the Fiat 127, a car that was European Car of the Year and sold in the millions, and turn it into the universally and justifiably reviled Yugo.
I consider you one of the sages of the Forum John, so tell me, who the heck is going to buy a Terrafugio? Where’s the market?
Which of these would you choose for an LSA? (I know what my choice would be!)
The amphibious ICON A5:
The ~$200K asking price for the Terrafugia would enable you to buy an ICON A5, its trailer and your choice of just about any decent SUV towing vehicle.
(Never mind that the Terrafugia looks like a flying paint scraper!)
Thanks for that.
I was wondering how it handles in a crosswind landing.
Imagine landing with a right crosswind, wing down which means the wheel has a bit of a right component, “nose” wheels touch down and off to the weeds we go. Kind of like an Ercoupe only worse. Maybe the driving wheels are disconnected while the wings are extended. That would be a heck of a heavy mechanism though. To answer your question, I have no idea who will buy one. The Icon does look a lot better to me too.
The Transition by Terrafugia: simply land at the airport, fold your wings up and get the ambulance home.
Assuming everything works like it should, How well would this car be in a getaway chase.
Would depend on it out running helicopters!
It is now certified.
Many years ago I heard LA approach (in the days before coast was created)
“United 123 heavy cleared for the ILS 24R, watch for traffic at your 11 o’clock 8 miles a blimp on final for 25L.” He got to issue that caution 9 times in a row. That was in the good old days when Goodyear used to be able to go to LAX and shoot approaches.
Now: “United 123 Heavy cleared for the ILS 24R, watch for the car on final for 25L.”
Progress, got to love it.