World’s First Biofuel-Powered Flying Dune Buggy

Skycar Navigators

Skycar Navigators

Giles Cardozo, a British adventurer, left London for Timbuktu in his flying dune buggy for a fly/drive expedition that makes the Baja 1000 look like a walk-in-the-park.

Cardozo will be driving a home-made vehicle that can transform from a car into an aircraft in minutes. On the highways, the Skycar runs on biofuel-powered motorcycle engine and can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.5sec.

A powerful fan at the rear provides the thrust for take-off at about 40 mph, but once in the air the vehicle can cruise at about 70 mph at 2,000-3,000 ft with a paraglider-style aerofoil holding it aloft.

Cardozo will travel 3,700 miles through and over France, Spain, North Africa, and the Sahara to the desert city of Timbuktu in Mali.

The expedition is expected to last about 40 days. His journey will take him soaring over the Pyrenees mountains and the Strait of Gibraltar that separates southern Spain and Africa.

The all-wheel drive Skycar can deal with rugged terrain, or just fly over it. Its inventor said: “It’s not like a car, it’s more like a dune buggy - but no other dune buggy or car has flown like this thing before. It flies brilliantly.”

“It flies at about 70 mph and drives at 75 mph, so it’s a really cool bit of kit,” added the 29-year-old, whose sponsor is the famous British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Skycar Getting Ready For Test

Skycar Getting Ready For Test

Skycar Ready For Take-Off

Skycar Ready For Take-Off

Skycar Twilight Cruise

Skycar Twilight Cruise

Posted by Buggs on Mar 1st, 2009 and filed under News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response by filling following comment form or trackback to this entry from your site

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