Take yourself back to the 80’s when you saw Luke Skywalker riding on one of those hoverbikes, now would you believe us if we told you that there is an actual working prototype? Well, it seems as though two inventors have one of their own, although they class it as a kind of mini helicopter.
We have learned that the hoverbike has a speed of 175MPH, but only has a range of 92 miles due to fuel consumption and a small tank. However, the working concept is said to be able to fly as high as 10,000 feet – now that is like a helicopter. Cannot remember the young Jedi Knight going that high can you?
PCMag reports that the hoverbike could be used for a number of important purposes, such as firefighting, search and rescue or even getting those all important shots while making a movie. The engine powering the prototype is an 1100cc four-stroke with 16-valves.
Looking over some of the details we can see that it has been achieving 21.8 miles to the gallon and runs on regular unleaded. Not much else is known at the moment, but we do know that the Australian inventors are looking for a $1.1 million Australian donation. So far they have only achieved $69,125 Australian – maybe they need to head to the UK and appear on Dragon’s Den.
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