How often have you wondered why we aren’t all getting around with personal jetpacks and flying vehicles like we were promised on The Jetsons? The opening scene of George Jetson commuting to work in his aerocar, complete with glass dome and airbrakes, seems like a logical solution to the modern problems of traffic jams, potholes and road maintenance. Imagine getting to your destination as the crow flies instead of where the road lies.
The Hoverbike renews those promises, if the developer can get it off the ground. Designed and developed by Australian inventor Chris Mallory, the Hoverbike should someday have a cruising altitude of 10,000 feet at speeds of more than 170 m.p.h. Be sure to order the model with the matching parachute accessory!
The prototype is powered by a BMW 1170cc, flat twin 4-stroke engine with one camshaft and 4-valves per cylinder, equipped with a central balancer shaft. That kind of power is sure to make it a favorite among military and enforcement agencies. I, for one, do not look forward to being pulled over in my land-hugging buggy by a sharp-dressed trooper with signature aviator glasses and a flying patrol vehicle. Just knowing they’re on the road in the air will encourage me to mind my speed.
In true Jetson-fashion, Mr. Mallory suggests applications for his invention as retro as cattle roundups, back-country search & rescue, aerial surveys and power line inspections. I can’t think of a more exciting way to go cattle rustling than zipping around just over the lonesome dogies heads on my trusty
steed hoverbike, nudging them back to the herd with my cattle taser. For my money I’ll use my Hoverbike to jet over to the bookstore to pick up the latest science fiction novel and a canister of Tang.
Mr. Mallory is hoping to untether the machine this summer. Check out www.hover-bike.com to learn how close he is to getting off the ground. You’ll know when you here the kids exclaim, “Look up in the sky… it’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s a Hoverbike!”