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Terrafugia (pronounced terra-FOO-gee-ah, and Latin for "escape from land"), a company headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts, has announced that they've made a successful initial flight in their Transition Roadable Aircraft. Yup. You read that right -- a flying car. Now, I know what you're probably thinking...I thought it, too. I was guessing that this was just another completely impractical car/plane combo-thing that has never (and probably will never) get off of the ground. Or maybe it does fly, but it's easy to see that it's just a car with wings or a plane with four wheels and a license plate. After all, that's the kind of flying cars we've seen in the past, right? However, this one comes with video proof that it can (and does) fly. In fact, you can watch multiple camera angles of the first test flight on Terrafugia's video gallery.

Are you a race fan looking for a once in a lifetime souvenir? Do you live anywhere near Indianapolis, Indiana? If so, you may want head over to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) Hall of Fame Museum between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20. The reason? As the official site of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway puts it: to celebrate "the 100th anniversary of the signing of the company's articles of incorporation by its four founding fathers." In other words, tomorrow is the 100th birthday of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Admission to the museum is free for the event, and for just $5, race fans can pose for a photo with actors outfitted in period clothing to represent the speedway's "Four Founders" -- Carl G. Fisher, James A. Allison, Arthur C. Newby and Frank Wheeler. The photos will be taken "in front of the museum's 1909 Buick Model 16B, which is believed to have carried Louis Chevrolet to victory in a 10-mile dash on the historic first day of auto racing at IMS, Aug. 19, 1909."

By now, you've likely heard of the Aptera 2e. It's a futuristic looking, three-wheeled, pod-shaped vehicle that promises fuel mileage that goes into the triple digits -- make that way into the triple digits -- we're talking 200-plus or even 300 miles per gallon, depending on the type of drive system selected. So, here's the situation: The Aptera 2e is an extremely attractive option for potential buyers looking for an ultra fuel efficient vehicle. In fact, people should be lined up, money in-hand, waiting to be the first on the block to have an Aptera 2e parked in their driveway, right? Well, the company is looking for some additional funding to get production underway, and it should be able to get it through the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program (ATVMIP) -- a $25 billion low interest loan program intended to help automakers pay for vehicle development and building costs associated with achieving the upcoming 35 mpg CAFE standard. However, as of right now, Aptera doesn't qualify for the program. Not yet, anyway, and here's why...

Yeah, I know ... but how many chances do we get to talk about Irish car production? Or for that matter, how many opportunities do I get to mention the short-lived, stainless steel-bodied, gull-wing door-equipped DeLorean? So anyway, here's a bit of Irish automotive history for you today. The DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) was founded by former General Motors executive, John DeLorean, in Detroit, Mich., in 1975. After a long search for a suitable place to build his dream car, DeLorean settled on Northern Ireland. By 1978, construction had started on the assembly plant in Dunmurry, Ireland, a suburb of Belfast. Now, here's something that I found surprising, especially given the number of DeLoreans that I've seen on the road over the years: Production of the Irish-built DeLorean DMC-12, the only model built by DMC, lasted for a very brief amount of time.

The idea of a barn find excites me. Can you imagine the rush of excitement that comes with opening the door of a dilapidated old barn, shed or warehouse and discovering a vintage car or truck -- or even better, a collection of vintage cars and trucks -- that someone squirreled away decades ago? Of course, it doesn't happen very often, and when a barn find reveals something rare, valuable or rich in automotive history, news of the find spreads fast. With that said, did you happen to read about the latest reported barn find in England? More than 30 vintage cars discovered all at once. Actually, in this case, it may be more accurate to call this a barnyard find, as the cars were found outside -- hidden by more than 50 years of undergrowth and even trees that had grown since the cars were parked there decades ago.

Yeah, I know what you're thinking. The Hamster on a Piano (Eating Popcorn) video already made its rounds last year, and that dancing hamster thing is more than 10 years old. Why would you bring it up again ... why now? OK, let's just get this out of the way early. John Neff at Auto Blog has provided a link to the hilarious new 2010 Kia Soul hamster commercial. It's kind of a hamster dance remix, I guess? The more I watch it, the more I like it. Anyway, the commercial is funny and clever, and a great way to grab some media attention for the new Kia Soul. With the introduction of the new Soul model, Kia is targeting the same group of buyers that Toyota's Scion line of cars currently draws. Taking a page out of Scion's playbook, Kia plans to offer plenty of ways for buyers to personalize their Soul.

In mid-March of this year, Moto Honda da Amazonia Ltda. (HDA), a Honda subsidiary in Brazil will begin producing the world's first flexible fuel motorcycle -- the CG150 TITAN MIX. Autoblog Green reports, "The ethanol-capable bike features a 150cc single cylinder engine that's equipped with Honda's proprietary Mix Fuel Injection System which is capable of detecting the presence and concentration of ethanol and gasoline and tailoring its operation based on what it's been fed." Wait, what?! Is it just me, or do you find it surprising that with as much as we've heard in recent years about flex-fuel cars and trucks that this is the first two-wheeler to employ this technology? But make no mistake; Brazil isn't just jumping on the ethanol bandwagon. In fact, out of all of the new vehicles sold in Brazil, about 90 percent of them are flex-fuel capable.

Here's a surprising tidbit of auto history for you today: The hybrid car idea is well over 100 years old. Ferdinand Porsche, creator of Volkswagen and father of Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche (aka Ferry Porsche), is credited with developing an electric car way back in 1898 (not the first electric car, by the way). This was followed soon after by the first hybrid car in 1901. If you weren't aware of this historic automotive fact already, you can get a fairly concise history of Porsche's innovative electric car design as well as a glimpse of his first hybrid car design in this article by Peter Valdes-Dapena. However, Porsche is not the first U.S. Patent holder for a hybrid car design.

Has anyone noticed how many smart fortwo cars are on the road recently? Here in the states, it seems that the pint-sized city car is really catching on. The smart fortwo became available in the U.S. in January 2008, and ever since it has provided a lot of drivers with exactly what they're looking for: an efficient city car design, reliability, safety, a gas-sipping engine, seating for two...the list seems to go on and on. So what's the problem? Well, really there is no problem; there's just the simple fact that there are times when you need seating for more than two people. In response, smart, a member of Mercedes-Benz Cars, has developed a solution. A new model is about to change smart's somewhat limited two person seating by adding two rear doors and a couple of seats. Speculation is that the new model will be called the smart fortwo+2.

Let's be honest: When you test drive a vehicle, there's not really a whole lot at stake. Sure, buying a new car or truck is an important decision, but if you don't like what you feel when you're behind the wheel, you can easily move on to the next option on your list of favorites and no one really gets hurt. Well, today in Detroit, there's going to be a test drive that potentially carries a multi-billion-dollar price tag. President Obama's automotive task force is paying a visit to Detroit today. While there, aside from meetings with Chrysler and General Motors executives and top union officials, the task force will have an opportunity to tour the Dodge Ram truck plant and test drive the Chevrolet Volt prototype. The recently formed task force has been appointed to determine if the U.S. automakers' plans for the future are indeed viable and to determine if they should receive additional aid.