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Working skycar prototype powered by Yamaha motorcycle engine

By James - 11/17/2008

Not since I saw Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang have I been this excited about a flying car. A british inventor has cobbled together a dune buggy and a paraglider propelled by a fan powered by a Yamaha R1 engine. The car will travel form London to Timbuktu all under its own power. Street legal, it drives on public roads and when it gets to places normally impassable on four wheels, you unfurl the parachute and crank up the fan. The car will fly over the English Channel, The Straight of Gibraltar, and parts of the Sahara.

If the car survives its maiden voyage, you can expect it to go on sale for about $75,000US. This could be better at avoiding traffic than splitting lanes.

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