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Perceptor at 2006-09-06 6:51 pm
Yeah, this is a little different from our usual type of news.  But since I was young I've daydreamed about real Transformers.  Lately, I find myself wishing movie-Ratchet's vehicle was something a little more practical.  Something I could talk my wife into buying as our next "family vehicle"...  Nevermind that!  I want a really, REAL Transformer and it appears that this wish could actually come true; in my lifetime!  No joke.

The bad news is, it's going to cost about $150,000.  The good news is it won't be available until late 2009, so you can start saving! :)  The following link is to ZDNet, "technology" section, features an article about a manufacturer planning to produce a car that can transform into a plane!  Or is it a plane that can transform into a car...?  (Really.)  For an extra $150,000 you can order the "triple changer option package," which also transforms into a robot, so you won't have to pay for parking.  (Not Really. :)

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Byrer prime said,  - 2006-09-06 20:14:09
Does it transform into a briefcase? Meet George Jetson...
Cybertron Man said,  - 2006-09-07 01:21:11
This is completely unrelated, but I don't know where else to mention it. I was just looking at the guide for Cartoon Network (Dish Network Guide), and I noticed that Cybertron Episode 35, Escape, was set to air tonight at 3:30 a.m. (Pacific Time) on Cartoon Network. I know they have been wrong in the past, but you may want to set your recorders tonight.
Knightwing said,  - 2006-09-07 19:25:30
It's no mistake Cartoon Network is airing new episodes.

And while a plane/car is neet and worth waiting for. You can buy a boat/car right now for $50,000 less. I forget the maker, but someone is currently building an amphibous sports car that is supposed to be roughly as fast as a base c5 Corvette.
Brian said,  - 2006-09-07 20:53:18
Some boat-car links:
http://www.time.com/time/2003/inventions/invaquada.html
http://www.janes.com/transport/news/misc/misc030904_1_n.shtml
Knightwing said,  - 2006-09-08 16:58:26
Thanks for the link Brian. And, oops. I was way wrong about the price and performace.
Ballistic said,  - 2006-09-08 23:43:24
I've seen concept images of that flying car like vehicle. It'll use of the shelf car parts to reduce cost, and it doesn't look like much of a 'transforming vehicle'. It has a bubble shaped cockpit and to be honest it looks out of place on the land as well as in the air.
Byrer prime said,  - 2006-09-12 20:36:24
I guess we know how Kevin is going to get to Botcon '09.
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