These Flying Cars Don't Fly, They Whoosh!

With the recent reveal of the production-ready Terrafugia flying car, we thought it an appropriate time to take a quick look at propeller-driven automobiles. Not the kind that fly. The kind that drive. Hello, propcar! Run, pedestrians, run! » 7/27/10 1:25pm 7/27/10 1:25pm

Dude, Where's My Flying Car? The Popular Science Fantasy

Few machines represent The Future like the flying car, and no publication has championed the fantasy more zealously than Popular Science. Here's a look back at its feverish, 77-year-long vision. » 3/09/10 12:20pm 3/09/10 12:20pm

Popular Science Builds Insane Jet Turbine-Powered ATV

60 MPH, 114 dB, 1300 degrees, 150,000 RPM. We probably wouldn't be crazy enough to put a jet turbine in a side-by-side, but we know we definitely wouldn't take it for a test run through Philly. [PopularScience] » 6/30/09 5:30pm 6/30/09 5:30pm

All-Wooden Speedball Special Roadster Built, For Sale In St. Louis

In the September, 1956 issue of Mechanix Illustrated, directions for a lightweight, wooden speedster powered by a motorcycle engine caught the eye of some deranged boat builder on the west coast. Here's the result: a modified version of the Speedball Special. Best news? It's for sale. The car was originally built in… » 11/24/08 4:00pm 11/24/08 4:00pm

Millions Served: PopSci Drives the Lamborghini Reventon

Popular Science car guy William R. Snyder got a coveted spot covering the first press drive of the Lamborghini Reventön (sorry, Reventón). That's the million-Euro Murciêlago LP640 imbued with fighter-jet mojo by way of copious carbon fiber and a cockpit-like interior. We're still far more impressed with… » 11/02/07 1:00pm 11/02/07 1:00pm

Popular Science Predicts The Car Of 2026 Won't Crash — Still Waiting On…


Despite much evidence to the contrary, flying cars really haven't hit it big yet — despite claims made by Popular Science magazine to the contrary during our childhood. We still remember telling our mother back in 1986that we'd buy her a "flying car" for her birthday in 2006. Instead, we may be regressing — we'll… » 5/24/06 8:28am 5/24/06 8:28am