Fully Functioning Hover Bike Is Coolest Thing You’ll See All Day
The Back to the Future film series predicted flying vehicles by the year 2015, and perhaps they weren’t wrong.
A video has been released revealing the P2 Hoverbike, a flying motorcycle destined for use by the US military.
Powered by a BMW R12ooR engine, the twin rotor hover bike boasts a range of 140km and in theory could rise to nearly 10,000ft. The only downside is that the air-cooled boxer engine burns half a litre of fuel every minute whilst in flight.
The frame of the bike is made up of carbon fibre, kevlar and aluminium and the rider sits astride it, similar to a normal motorbike.
British engineering firm Malloy Engineering has been working alongside a US military and research firm to develop the bike, which will allow soldiers to move quickly across the battlefield and over tricky terrain.
A spokesman for Malloy Aeronautics said:
We combined the simplicity of a motorbike and the freedom of a helicopter to create the world’s first flying motorcycle. When compared with a helicopter, the Hoverbike is cheaper, more rugged and easier to use – and represents a whole new way to fly.
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