Flying cars a reality

[Stillboy] alerted us to a flying car that runs on biofuel. Flying cars have been the mainstays of science fiction and technological wish lists for years, but they elude production, as expenses, fuel, and gravity get in the way. [Gilo Cardozo], a paramotor manufacturer, managed to overcome those hurdles by thinking simply. He attached a paramotor to his car, which is powered by a Yamaha superbike engine and a gearbox from a snowmobile. His modified Rage Motorsport buggy is street legal in the United Kingdom, and in the air, can get up to 80 miles per hour. It will be fully tested in January, when he and his chief pilot and expedition organizer [Neil Laughton] drive and fly the car to Timbuktu.

Other flying cars are also in the works. DARPA recently announced their Personal Air Vehicle Technology project that will hopefully lead to a military-suitable flying car that can get up to 60 miles per hour on the ground and 150 miles per hour in the air. Moller International claims that a flying Ferrari is in the works, and could be available for purchase within two years. Are jet packs next?

Comments

  1. Man On Fire says:

    anyone dig up aquiring one of these vehicles (or something extremely similar in the United States?

    the website only lists UK and AUS

  2. richard says:

    this is actually kind of old news. powered parachutes have been around for a while, and that’s essentially what this is.

  3. David Major says:

    It is so simple, We’re all wondering why we didn’t think of it first. I really hope this catches on!

  4. Deadpan says:

    THIS needs to be a sport. Like rally cars, but with flying segments. Much more interesting.

    And for extra fun, add rockets.

  5. butchcassidy says:

    mpg anyone?

  6. herbicide says:

    The MPG ought to be fairly good – It uses a motorbike engine afterall.

  7. jason says:
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  9. ChrisKa says:

    I’ve seen that type of vehicle in Georgia, USA about 10 years ago, except that I think it was more like a small go-cart. There were two flying around above a pasture. My friend and I were just amazed. Looked like lots of fun.

  10. Plague420 says:

    In Indiana we have a company that owns 3 of these (they look more like a go-kart) and for a fee you can go for a ride in one. I see them floating around all the time.

  11. Robotguy says:

    I’ll believe the flying Ferrari when I see it, since Moller is just across the freeway from me.

    From Wikipedia:
    “In 2003, the securities and exchange commission sued moller for civil fraud … in connection with the sale of unregistered stock, for making unsubstantiated claims about the performance of the skycar.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/moller_skycar_m400

  12. nick says:

    this is an old technology, the first one i saw was a flying snowmobile. and that was in James Bond film, they had 4.

  13. strider_mt2k says:

    if it also turns into a boat I’d steer clear of Vulgaria on my trip.

  14. gilbert says:

    so trying to beat that 2015 mark from back to the future with flying cars and were we will have self lacing nikes and blow drying clothes?

  15. yahoo says:

    or just blowing clothes(snicker)oh come on some1 was thinking the same thing

  16. bengardentool says:

    I don’t think “production, as expenses, fuel, and gravity get in the way” is quite the issue.

    Most people have a hard enough time driving in 2D…can you imagine the chaos with soccer moms flying around in 3D!? :eek:

  17. Coderer says:

    I wonder — what would it take to legally pilot one of these in the US? I mean, would it count as an ultralight (lax regulation, IIRC) or more like a Cessna, or what? I mean, I’d totally spend a few grand on making a project out of this if I could actually take it to work and back every day.

  18. blizzarddemon says:

    Honestly I love the idea of a flying car, hate it instantly afterward when I think how stupid most American drivers are. Solid ground is one thing, but can you imagine the carnage of a car flying outta nowhere into your freaking house?

  19. Zephironi says:

    this is cool, but its not really anything new or advanced. its just a dressed up trike! if you want to fly, save yourself $20,000 and get a paraglider.

  20. mienhboy503 says:

    wow i thought that this was going to be about a high tech flying car. but that car looks cool.

  21. JB says:

    Considering most people cant drive properly in 2D, how do you imagine they would handle a 3D environment?
    The Moller company is hilarious. The flying Ferrari is really the topping on the cake. OMG. What a fool. His claims just get bolder and bolder.
    They’ve been trying for 40+ years and haven’t event been able to make a single stable product.
    Who are those idiots that put money into this? Absolutely fascinating.

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