The Flying Car And Other Futuristic Vehicles You Can Buy now

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PostWed Mar 23, 2011 8:16 pm » by Acee22

The Flying Car -- and yes it really is a car that transforms into a light sport aircraft -- can be yours for a mere $350,000. And you can buy it, along with six other must-have futuristic vehicles for the cash-burdened, online in the click of a mouse at the venerable speciality catalog website of Hammacher Schlemmer.
The Flying Car

Designed by a team of MIT graduates, this is the vehicle that converts from a street-legal automobile to a Light Sport aircraft in 30 seconds. A 100 hp, four-cylinder engine powers both the craft's three-bladed propeller for a maximum airspeed of 115 mph and its continuously variable transmission, rear-wheel drive to above 65 mph when on the road.

When the wings are folded, the craft easily stores in a home's garage. It can be driven to one's preferred airfield on four DOT-approved tires with full road suspension. An electro-mechanical system is activated from inside the two-person cockpit to deploy the self-locking wings into place for take-off provided by a 1,700' runway. ImageBuilt to fly within VFR conditions, sophisticated modern avionics aid navigation from a touch-screen LCD. Dual pedals and a joystick manage the craft's flight control surfaces--dual rudders, ailerons, and stabilator--while a steering wheel, accelerator, and brake control its road movement. Its 23-gallon gas tank provides

a 425 nautical mile range (35 mpg on the road), indispensable for easy day trips from Long Island to Martha's Vineyard. Carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum construction.

Includes comprehensive familiarization with craft. Requires a Sport Pilot Certificate. Special conditions and guarantee limitations apply.

Price: $350,000
The "Tron" Light Cycle

This is the illuminated, street-legal motorcycle inspired by the computer animated cycle from the 2010 film Tron: Legacy. Designed for casual cruising and slow ride-bys at shows, it is made from a steel frame covered by a fiberglass cowling that replicates the sleek look of its computer-generated imagery counterpart.

Electroluminescent strips built into the tire cowlings, wheel rims, and body illuminate the cycle. It is powered by a fuel-injected Suzuki 996cc, 4-stroke engine. Riders lay at a near-horizontal position astride the padded leather seat, with feet on foot pegs that control its 6-speed constant mesh manual transmission and hands on the handlebars for throttle and braking. The hubless wheels are former truck tires built up then custom-shaped to fit onto one of two counter-rotating rims spinning within each other, providing the broad-tired authenticity of the computer cycles from the movie.

A chain-driven friction drum manages acceleration and braking from the handlebars. It has spring-loaded front and rigid rear suspension. Its wet sump lubrication system eliminates tubes and hoses for oil pick-up, facilitating its streamlined, minimalist design. It uses a 3 1/2-gallon main fuel tank and 1 1/4-gallon reserve tank. All cycles are built to order.

Price: $55,000

The Personal SubmarineThe Personal Submarine
This is the two-person submersible that can descend to a depth of 1,000'. (In case you weren't sure which personal submarine this is.) Providing access to underwater features such as coral reefs, shipwrecks, and the sea floor, a completely transparent, climate-controlled 3 1/4"-thick acrylic pressure sphere keeps explorers safe while dipping even into the mesopelagic zone, offering a chance to see exotic, bioluminescent species such as lanternfish.

With a maximum speed of three knots, it is powered by a 120- and 24-volt battery bank that provide up to six hours of continuous undersea adventure. The craft is propelled by two 3-hp main thrusters that provide fore, aft, and directional control and two 3-hp vertical/translational thrusters that provide up, down, and lateral control. A centrally located joystick with independent main and vertical/translational thruster controls enables precise positioning near undersea attractions. The craft's dual-pontoon structure and broad freeboard ensure superior surface stability, even in high sea conditions.

While submerged, four external 150-watt quart-halogen lamps illuminate subjects while a xenon strobe light and RF beacon alerts others of the craft's whereabouts. The 56 3/4"-diameter sphere's inner diameter enables comfortable, upright seating for passengers. A VHF radio provides surfaced communication and its underwater telephone communicates while submerged. It is equipped with a suite of standard instrumentation, including a barometer, thermometer, hygrometer, depth gauges, fluxgate and magnetic compasses, mechanical clinometers, pressure gauges, and a GPS receiver. Fully classified and certified as a +A1 passenger-carrying manned submersible by the American Bureau of Shipping. Includes comprehensive training.

Price: $2,000,000
The Motorized Monocycle

Drawing upon a robust history of development that began with an original design conceived in Marseilles, France in 1869, this is the motorized monocycle made in the Netherlands that propels a single rider up to 25 MPH (Play Video). Powered by a 31cc, four-stroke 1 1/2-hp engine, the wheel operates by using a centrifugal clutch on its inner steel frame to engage the larger 67" diam. outer flywheel that actually makes contact with the ground with a rubber tire. The ingenious device is steered by leaning to one side or the other, and it can safely negotiate any dense surface such as pavement or grass.

A fiberglass frame encloses the engine, drive train, and fuel tank, and provides a cushioned seat and convenient footrests for riders up to 6' 3" high when in a sitting position. The hand-holds have a finger throttle that provides progressive acceleration and a brake that provides confident stops for riders up to 275 lbs. (minimum weight of 110 lbs. suggested for proper counterbalance during acceleration and braking). It can run for up to two hours on less than a 1/2-gallon of gasoline. Not a street-legal vehicle.

Price: $13,000
The 120 MPH Electric Car

This is the electric car that can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds to a top speed of 120 mph in one gear with no shifting thanks to its two electric motors--smaller versions of the same kind found in diesel-electric locomotives--that combine to produce over 1,000 lbf ft. of torque. No wider than most motorcycles at 39", it can fit in a 6' half-lane with more clearance than a semi-truck in a full 12' freeway lane, enabling you to negotiate traffic congestion where lane splitting is permitted. Its small size eliminates the need for parallel parking as it can park perpendicular to a curb without the need for a full space.

The driver and passenger sit in tandem front and back seats that use four-point pilot seat belts with inertia reels, similar to harnesses found in race cars, yet are easy to use. The car's chassis is made of stainless steel, and the chrome moly roll cage meets Sports Car Club of America racing standards for safety. The body panels are made of carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass, and its side impact bars offer four times the protection found in typical SUVs.

The car's unique stability is derived from its low center of gravity, created by 1,100 lbs. of batteries under the floor, giving it a rollover threshold equivalent to a 5-star National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rating found in the lowest-slung sports cars. It has front and rear disc brakes and coil-over shock absorbers. The car generates no emissions and operates from a set of lead-acid batteries that can recharge using any service up to 50 amps, providing enough power for a range of 40-80 miles, up to four times the average commute in the U.S.

Price: $108,000
The First Carbon Chassis Velocipede

This is the first human powered vehicle (HPV) to have a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, the same material found in the fastest high-performance Formula 1 automobiles, making it the world's most advanced three-wheeled velomobile. Designed by world-renowned designer Michael Goretzky, the customized vehicle combines the low-impact exercise benefits of a recumbent bicycle with the stability of a three-wheeled cruiser and the aerodynamics of a concept automobile. Carbon fiber provides the chassis with an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, making the chassis as strong as the steel used in modern automobiles at a fraction of the weight.

At a mere 60 lbs., the velo weighs approximately 1/50th of a combustion or hybrid-electric automobile, yet never needs to be refueled. Unlike traditional three-wheeled vehicles, the low profile tadpole design has two forward 20" wheels that allow for sharp, tight turning at higher speeds that would normally tip a traditional three-wheeler. The cockpit is a slipstream airfoil shape that practically eliminates drag and, coupled with full independent suspension, front shock absorbers, and rear tunable damping, ensures smooth and consistent speeds.

The interior has a recumbent seat with variable longitudinal pedal geometry for a customized fit that maximizes comfort and pedal power efficiency. A Shimano derailleur and SRAM Gripshift Rocket shifter on the hand control allows smooth, shudder-free shifting. The velomobile has a headlight, tail light, and turn signals powered by a rechargeable battery.

Price: $14,000
The Two Person 60 MPH Hovercraft

Able to reach locations traditional watercraft cannot access, this personal hovercraft travels briskly over water and land, powered by a 60-horsepower gasoline engine and an efficient 12-volt battery. The two-cycle, two-cylinder air-cooled engine's powerful 36" pulley-driven fan keeps the craft aloft on an 8" cushion of air while propelling it forward at speeds up to 60 miles per hour (top speed is dependent on the route's surface conditions and operator's skill). A handlebar-style tiller allows the rider to control the direction and speed as the hovercraft travels over smooth surfaces such as ice, water, sand, mud, snow, and short grass, in addition to short distances over asphalt, concrete, or dirt roads, with 60 separate nylon/hypalon coated skirt segments providing a durable base.

It is even able to climb small, smooth inclines up to 20%. In addition to resting on its cushion of air, the craft floats on water and is fully lined with U.S. Coast Guard-approved flotation foam. Includes a convenient electric starter, 16" windshield, six gallon fuel tank, tachometer, 30" tunnel pad, and two durable aluminum skid rails on bottom hull. Requires registration as a boat. Two-person, 400 lb. payload capacity.

Price: $17,000
Source: Hammacher Schlemmer

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PostWed Mar 23, 2011 8:22 pm » by Pindz

wow thats :headscratch: (dont know what to think yet) ... :think: still tryin' ... ahh, got it, useless is the word ?... but nice looking post with pictures and stuff.. :mrgreen: thanks for posting !



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PostWed Mar 23, 2011 8:24 pm » by Acee22

ye watched it interesting we need free energy stuff now :flop:

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PostWed Mar 23, 2011 8:26 pm » by Tuor10

Wouldn't someone need a pilots licence to fly a flying car?

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PostWed Mar 23, 2011 8:37 pm » by Acee22

yes you will watched on futurworld on sky

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