Flying car takes off

Photo credit: Skycar Expedition

The Skycar people have began their great adventure:

A group of adventurers set out from London for Timbuktu on Wednesday, planning to travel by flying car.

The vehicle, which looks like a dune buggy with a huge fan and a paragliding wing attached, is called the Parajet Skycar.

It was designed by self-taught engineer and inventor Giles Cardozo to fly at up to 70 miles per hour and drive at about 120 miles per hour.”

You jump into the driver’s seat, open up the throttle, the fan spins up, the wind launches, and you just accelerate down the runway and within 50 to 100 yards you’re flying, you just take off,” he said….

Lets see if it ever comes to market. More here.


2 Responses to “Flying car takes off”

  1. 1 Anonymous January 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    This flying car is certainly marketable as a kit in North America. The homebuilt aircraft market is well established and this product would likely sell well. Homebuilt cars do not have to have all the safety features required for commercially manufactured vehicles which allows this to be road legal in most areas as a kit car.Paragliding trikes and snowmobiles are available (even featured in a Bond flick), but none so far (at least none I have heard about) have been made road legal. Here’s a stretch: how about using this type of design for a flying wetsub? It would sure save on the travel time of getting out to the reef. Hmmm… how to design a method to deploy the canopy without getting it wet?Tim

  2. 2 Ralph Buttigieg January 17, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Ahhh!! flying submaines that woeth an article or two! And lets not forget amphibious cars and underwater cars. I’m going to have to do some research….

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