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An adventurous office developer and "extreme golfer" who was the first man to circumnavigate the UK by jetski now plans an expedition to Timbuctoo in a combination motorised parachute and dune buggy. The "Skycar" vehicle is described as "the world's first bio-fuelled flying car". Concept art from Parajet - the proposed "Road …

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  1. Lottie
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    Bonkers but cool

    If I had a spare 50K lying around I'd so have one of them. Any idea what the biofuel will be?

  2. Aaron

    Oops!

    Looks like somebody at Terrafugia forgot to pay for their domain name registration.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    Okay, we've got the flying car thing licked

    so where, pray tell, is my fucking flying submarine?

  4. Bassey
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    Can I

    Can I add one of these to my Amazon wish-list for my birthday? Please?

  5. Adrian Jones
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    Terrafugia Transition?

    Don't know about the car, but the website seems to be parked...

  6. Matt Bradley
    Coat

    Looks like they bought a lemon

    Any fool can see from the photo that it's just a "cut and shut" job.

    The front is clearly a rear-ended Lambo, onto which they have welded the back end of a hovercraft.

    Mine's the one with the arc welder in the pocket.

  7. Lionel Baden

    wut is a extreme golfer ????

    but good on them and best of luck

    But please i never want to hear the term extreme Golfer again !

  8. David Bird
    Unhappy

    The www.terrafugia.com web site

    Did someone forget to renew the domain?

  9. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: The www.terrafugia.com web site

    It's fixed now folks.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Disappointed

    It looks great but the wings should fold out from between the wheels, as per Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

  11. CeeJay

    Flying submarine

    Remember - there's way more planes in the ocean than there are submarines in the sky. Maybe you need to set your sights lower.

  12. TeeCee Gold badge
    Dead Vulture

    Why so negative?

    Barring some sort of antigravity device, this is probably about as close to a practical flying car as we're going to get for some time. It does STOL, it's pretty much burke-proof, having a parafoil wing, and the aeronautical bits fold into the boot (parafoil again) so you don't have to drive around looking like aircraft origami.

    That little lot coupled with a three minute transition from one to t'other makes me think they have a winner.

    In an ideal world a flying car would have a better solution to the wing conundrum and do VTOL. However, as far as I can see the only contender in this area is the Moller product, but that seems to be more of a device for converting venture capital into bullshit than a flying car.

  13. Geeks and Lies
    Coat

    Awesome cakes...

    another new and inventive way to kill myself...where do i sign :-)

    mines the one with "Flying cars for dummies" in the pocket

  14. Ferry Boat

    Extreme Golfer

    I was more worried about him being an 'adventurous office developer'. No doubt the whole trip is planned out in Excel.

  15. Colin Millar
    Boffin

    title

    " rotary engine, which with supercharge and fuel ignition "

    Handy extra - that fuel ignition thingy - all internal combustion engines should be fitted with it as standard

  16. Anonymous Coward
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    @ CeeJay

    make a procurement requirement and they will come

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/06/darpa_submersible_aeroplane_plan/

  17. Anonymous Coward
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    Previous examples...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerocar

    It worked, got certified and there's at least one example still flying in the world today.

  18. Anonymous Coward
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    Nice

    I saw a picky of the actual car in the paper. Basically a small of road buggy with the parachute wing thing. Very sensible and ideal for African exploration. Get to a river or canyon and just fly across. I agree its fairly idiot proof as they just float down if you cock it up.

    Shame they are so noisy as they fly the 1 man paragliders over my farm its its bloody irritating. Like having a chansaw in next door garden for 2 hours.

  19. Matthew
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    It looks so cool...

    I'd get one of those even if it couldn't fly!

  20. Simon Painter
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    Totally the way to go

    In all current practical uses for flying cars (getting around in wilderness environments/rich cocks dicking about in the countryside) this is totally the way to go. It's got to be easy and quick to switch between the two and it also has to be practical to use in both configurations. Most flying cars rely on keeping the wings somewhere separate and being able to fold them up and pop them in the boot is a total bonus.

    I want one of those biatches!

  21. Roxton

    "Laughton's" flying car?

    Just for the information of all involved: the skycar is actually Giles Cardozo' project, not Laughton's. The reason that Laughton is getting all the credit is because his is the more familiar name being used for promotion. The car was thought of by Cardozo, designed by Cardozo and built by Cardozo. Laughton brought in sponsorship. Ditto with the Everest expedition. Cardozo designed and built the engines for the trip; Laughton didn't even fly on that occasion claiming it was too dangerous.

    Nothing against Laughton; he's a great guy and I like him very much, but I'm actually involved in the project, and was a bit surprised by how little Cardozo's name was mentioned.

  22. Kanhef
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    re traffic avoidance

    Won't work for avoiding rush hour into downtown, of course – no flying car ever will. But for getting between two rural locations with no direct land route between them, it could be useful. Also good for avoiding security checkpoints at borders and such, but remember to go around, not over, so they won't try to shoot you down.

  23. Nicholas Ettel
    Joke

    Chitty^2Bang^2??

    "'Extreme golfer' in Gibraltar Chitty^2Bang^2 bid" Wha?

    Surely, that should be 2xChitty+2xBang, as Chitty-squared multiplied by Bang-squared would be something entirely different. And no, I'm not going to postulate what that might be.

  24. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Road rage

    Flying cars already exist - didn't Joe 90's dad have one? And, according to various crackpots on the 'net, the US has anti-gravity anyway - as 'seen' in the Iraq war.

    Slightly more seriously, can you imagine the kind of cretins that we all see driving around every day with the freedom of the skies? These gits don't even understand what indicators are for...

  25. Nemo Metis
    IT Angle

    Darwin

    Anyone else think this could all end with one of this year's entries in the Darwin Awards?

  26. TeeCee Gold badge
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    @Colin Millar

    I was going to point out that diesels and jets (both internal combustion engines) survive quite well without an ignition system. Then I reread the article and found that the word used is actually "injection".

    Fail x 2 then.

  27. Alex Lane
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    Put those claws away, Page

    Rrreeeeoowwww! Lewis. What did Laughton do to you to deserve this catty tirade?

    This is the annual Timbuktu Challenge where all sorts of teams make their way to Mali in aid of various causes, and a proper good laugh it was when I took part last year (though in a rather less exciting Vauxhall Corsa). There are always a few outlandish participants - we drove with a limo shipped from Vegas (suspension specially hitched up for the desert) and another team had a car powered by food production waste.

  28. Anonymous Coward
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    Eccentric British adventuring at its best!

    Utterly pointless, completely lunatic and a healthly dose of almost certain death!

    That British pioneering spirit isnt dead yet!

    Good Luck sir! Dont get arrested for spying or something!!!

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Go

    @ TeeCee, Lottie, Roxton

    Diesel engines rely on compression ignition, but jet engines certainly have igniters (see here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_engine#Ignition). But the article does indeed (now) say injectors.

    According to the Skycar website, the ‘biofuel’ is ethanol supplied by Ethanol Ventures. ‘Using wheat surplus to the food market, ethanol can be produced and added in a 5% biofuel to fossil fuel mix’ although it’s unclear exactly what mix Skycar itself will use. 5% ethanol blend is what any old car will run on, and if you fill up in the UK, probably is.

    Giles Cardozo is named as the Chief Pilot, second on the list of key people of Skycar’s website. He’s described as ‘The brainchild behind the Parajet Skycar. An incredibly talented engineer who invented and piloted one of two Para-motor aircraft that flew over Mt. Everest, smashing the existing world altitude record by more than 10,000 ft. Founder and MD of Parajet which is at the cutting edge of personal aircraft flight and he has participated on flying expeditions with Neil to the Himalaya, The Alps and Venezuela.’ Credit where it’s due.

  30. Aaron Gilliland
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    Bear Grylls, eh?

    So the trip will include staying at resorts with your film crew and eating caterpillars for no reason?

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