In early 2007, Urban Aeronautics announced it’d have an “air jeep” flying car dubbed the X-Hawk ready for flight by 2009. The future’s now, and while the X-Hawk isn’t quite ready, the test mule almost is, and this is it.
The Urban Aeronautics concept for a flying car, or “fancraft” as they like to call it, centers on a ducted fan concept which was tested by the US military long ago with unacceptable results. Fast forward several decades and add much larger control surfaces, high-power and more reliable hardware, much better controls logic combined with the magic of modern computer processing speeds and the concept is no longer so far-fetched.
Designer Vincent Montreuil’s X-Racer concept can move at Mach 2, and that is 1522 mph which makes the Scout’s 500 mph sound rather tame. Two turbostar engines power the Ferrari to those unbelievable speeds, and there’s something called the “Xtrem FireForce” as well, which we believe would be some kind of a futuristic nitro boost to the racer. Whatever, it’s just a concept, and the designer probably forgot about things like practicality, pragmatism and real world all together.
Some people think of doing that others haven’t thought of and some achieve it in meanwhile. This suits no batter than a New Zealand man, Rudy Heeman of Nelson, who has designed and built a machine that can fly and could be used as boat or land vehicle.
This hovercraft took almost a decade of Rudy’s stern efforts to bring it to the present form. Made in the inventor’s garage, this hovercraft is crafted while using various parts from other vehicles like scooters, BBQs, and junked cars.
The puffin personal air vehicle concept has been designed with an unusual appearance and features vertical take-off and landing that enables people to use it anywhere. This innovative concept utilizes revolutionary technical challenges to make it an environmental friendly bird by featuring zero emission electric engines. The compact shape and lightweight construction of this single-seater air vehicle contains electric motors that can generate a total of 60 horsepower to hover. The average cruising speed of puffin is 150 mph, however, the efficiency of the cruising may enhance at lower speeds. The total length of the aircraft is 12-foot and the wingspan is 14.5-foot, making it suitable to store in any traditional size garages.
This car is another jewel in the race cars. No matter whichever angle you see it from, but it’s a race car through and through. This dynamic and unprecedented concept is the synthesis between two worlds – a race car from the front and double rotatable jet propelled engines by its rear aspect.