• Nov 12, 2006
The Moller SkyCar. The Terrafugia. The Alfa Romeo Spix flying concept car. All three of these winged machina have been dangled in our faces like a carrot at the end of an impossibly long stick. Jeff Allen Case is hoping he'll be the first to deliver on the promise of flying cars with his Hammerhead prototype. He's a few steps behind the Moller SkyCar and Terrafugia, having only a couple renderings of the Hammerhead and a spec sheet that exists on paper only. The Hammerhead has a three-fan configuration with two forward fans that tilt for both lift and thrust. Though we weren't told what engine would power the Hammerhead, Case says he expects a top speed of 250 mph at 8,000 ft. with a range of 300 miles. It both takes off and lands vertically, and Case claims the vehicle is characterized by being lightweight, easy to operate, safe and fast. The renderings show a one-seater cockpit, but the production version would seat two in tandem. Of course, a production version is the next step that the Hammerhead won't reach until Case finds some funding. He's hoping Jay-Z or P. Diddy might be interested in supplying the Benjamins needed to put the Hammerhead in production, but we suggest he go for that second mortgage and enter his design in NASA's Personal Air Vehicle Challenge. Perhaps he can catch the attention of some deep pockets at DARPA.

Follow the jump for an additional high resolution shot of the Hammerhead.

[Source: Jeff Allen Case]




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      atomic
      • 7 Years Ago
      READ THIS!

      In 1933 Charles Nelson Pogue made headlines when he drove a 1932 Ford V8, 200 miles on a gallon of gas during a demonstration conducted by The Ford Motor Companies in Winnipeg, Manitoba using his super-carb system.

      In fact, many people attested to these mileage claims as The Pogue Carb went into production and was sold openly. However, one of the crucial factors of these systems is the use of "white" gasoline, which contained no additives.

      It was at this time oil companies started adding lead to the fuel. Lead is an anti-catalyst that rendered Pogue's carburetor as inefficient as a regular carb.

      In his Patent, ( found on page 32) it is obvious he did not understand TCC and in my research have found his system constantly needed readjustment and importantly got the fantastic mileage on wet days.

      • 6 Years Ago
      This is cool! It shouldn't be that hard for Jeff to find angel investors. Jeff should first create a solid business plan and search for accredited investors on Go Big Network.com, Funding Universe.com, or Genesis Exchange.com. Another option would be to form a C corporation and sell stocks publicly (IPO).

      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, nice drawing...And that's all it is...

      I agree with #2, we are not ready for a flying car when most people can't even drive on the ground...!
      • 8 Years Ago
      stick some machine guns/lasers on it and you have the Hunter-Killer from Terminator... hmmmmmmm
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm Jeff, the designer of the Hammerhead. This is a concept and design study. There currently is not a prototype, scale model or any details regarding the engineering. I am an artist and vtol enthusiast, not an aeronautics/aviation engineer. However, I invite anyone to email me. If you have a few million to invest in R&D, please contact me. You can reach me at jc_in_az @ hotmail.com.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So one can fly for about 1 hour (at 250MPH and a range of 300 miles). That borders on poor, with nearly 3 stops between Boston and Chicago. Ducted fans will never work; they are just not powerful or efficient enough for the weight. The Moller Skycar is a perfect example, and we've been waiting for almost 3 decades on that. It's NEVER ONCE FLEW more than 8 feet off the ground and never flown without being tethered to a crane. A jet engine (or engines) similar to what the Eclipse Jet is using is the answer (at least at the moment until we get that anti-gravity engine).
      sangraikang
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still waiting for the blade runner cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If it only seats two then what's the point? make it bigger, and if it's cheap enough, it might find a market, but I think we'll never have a truly practical flying car until we invent antigravity or something
      • 7 Years Ago
      How can I contact Jeff Allen Case?Or John Neff?
      Because I want more informations about this "car".
      Notably on the engine and
      propellers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      take this 2 warrrrrrrr
      • 6 Years Ago
      if u need an investor i can be an investor
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is not the flying car I have been waiting for.
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