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Bmwhtly
11-10-2008, 05:35 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen (and you Haggis) the Future is here!

Yes, Someone's finally thrown their hat over the wall and created a Car that can drive on the road and, when you get bored, take off and fly.

Want one? (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/driving/features/article5106213.ece)

regdog
11-10-2008, 05:44 PM
What a great idea. Just think now instead of morons on the road who can't drive a car, they'll be flying over your head. :eek:

Darzian
11-10-2008, 05:48 PM
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Only, WE are the muggles.

Maryn
11-10-2008, 06:27 PM
But what kind of mileage does it get?

Maryn, eco-friendly

Del
11-10-2008, 06:38 PM
Why is that any different from this?

http://www.gladwin.org/airport/airshow/parasail.jpg

And I have to say, the canopy over that buggy looks to be about half the size it should be. I'm leaning toward a hoax here.

Bmwhtly
11-10-2008, 06:51 PM
Why is that any different from this?Well, for one thing, yours is three-wheeled and it looks like the wheels aren't driven. So it wouldn't be road-legal.

Secondly, there's no boot for the chute.

Thirdly, I'm a poet and I don't know it. :)

Pagey's_Girl
11-10-2008, 07:08 PM
Big deal. The Dukes of Hazzard already did it. Heck, the moron driving the Lexus last week almost did it, but I don't think he wanted to. Gotta watch out for those raised construction plates....

Del
11-10-2008, 07:12 PM
Wow, that didn't take long...the military is already exploiting it. :D

http://13lights.com/paratank.jpg

Bmwhtly
11-10-2008, 07:15 PM
:roll:

Popo Agie Flow
11-10-2008, 07:30 PM
Not so futuristic, Bmwhtly. There was a 1960s tv show based on a flying car. Didn't last long, but neither did the production of the car.

Mac H.
11-10-2008, 07:31 PM
And I have to say, the canopy over that buggy looks to be about half the size it should be. I'm leaning toward a hoax here.The manufacturer labels the image on their website as 'a computer simulation' ... which I think is another phrase for 'photoshopped image'.

It still looks like a pretty cool project, though.

It doesn't look impossible ... I just figure that they'll need a ruddy big airfoil. It's basically a little dune buggy, so calling it 'street legal' is a bit of a stretch. (The website says that it should be passing SVA (http://www.dvtani.gov.uk/uploads/vehicleTesting/SVA%20Booklet.pdf) (Single Vehicle Approval) next week. It would probably qualify under Amateur Built, which means it wouldn't need to pass impact testing.

That seems a bit worrrying!

Trey cool, though.

Mac

Del
11-10-2008, 07:48 PM
Yeah, it's cool. Just not what I would consider an 'invention'. I'll accept an adaptation. :)

Possible? Certainly. That's what bugs me. Drivers can't manage two dimensional space. How are they going to cope with the ups and downs? :)

And just think how frustrating it is going to be when you are trying to parallel park and some jerk comes floating into your space.

And then there is the lazy driver that won't pack his chute and it dangles in front of your windshield.

AND the inconsiderate driver that changes altitude without signaling.

I'm glad I drive a submersible.

http://hackedgadgets.com/wp-content/2/Rinspeed%20Underwater%20Concept%20Car_2.jpg

Bmwhtly
11-10-2008, 07:52 PM
I'm glad I drive a submersible.

http://hackedgadgets.com/wp-content/2/Rinspeed%20Underwater%20Concept%20Car_2.jpgYeah, I'd probably go for the hard-top Elise if I was driving underwater :D

Although, since you mentioned submersible Lotuses (lotus'? Loti?)... the Lotus from that Bond Film's going up for auction next month.

Del
11-10-2008, 07:54 PM
But it was such a nice day. :rolleyes:

Del
11-10-2008, 08:21 PM
Not so futuristic, Bmwhtly. There was a 1960s tv show based on a flying car. Didn't last long, but neither did the production of the car.

And lets not forget...

http://a.media.abcfamily.go.com/abcfamily/Specials/25-Days-of-Christmas/Schedule/Chitty_Chitty_Bang_Bang_large.jpg

Pagey's_Girl
11-10-2008, 08:24 PM
I almost turned my car into a submersible once in the aftermath of a thunderstorm I didn't realize had dumped over two inches of rain in forty-five minutes. That "big puddle" across the road was more like a lake....

Del
11-10-2008, 08:47 PM
I almost turned my car into a submersible once in the aftermath of a thunderstorm

Um, PG, the thing about submersibles is they need to be able to UNsubmerse.

Pagey's_Girl
11-10-2008, 10:10 PM
Um, PG, the thing about submersibles is they need to be able to UNsubmerse.

Yeah, Chevy really didn't think that one through. At the very least, they could have included an oar as atandard equipment.

JoeEkaitis
11-10-2008, 10:13 PM
Cars, schmarz.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d8/SydneyMonorail1_gobeirne.jpg/800px-SydneyMonorail1_gobeirne.jpg%5D

Pagey's_Girl
11-10-2008, 10:21 PM
Wasn't there a Simpsons episode about a monorail in Springfield?

Del
11-10-2008, 11:00 PM
The problem with a monorail is you can't take it fishing.

http://www.elitechoice.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/phoenix1000.jpg

The Phoenix 1000 submersible yacht...only $76,000,000. At that price you could get his and hers. :D

maxmordon
11-10-2008, 11:05 PM
Wasn't there a Simpsons episode about a monorail in Springfield?

Yeah, it was a parody of The Music Man

Pagey's_Girl
11-10-2008, 11:13 PM
Yeah, it was a parody of The Music Man

I thought so. My memory hasn't entirely failed me yet...

"Monorail, monorail!"

Gary
11-11-2008, 12:37 AM
http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2008/11/05/the-flying-automobile-is-here/

Gary
12-04-2008, 05:27 AM
You can buy one today...if you can get a loan from Congress.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200280604815&viewitem=