• Apr 18th 2007 at 7:29PM
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Whatdya know? Malcolm Bricklin's name popped up on our RSS feed reader again. And, yes, the news is China related, but this time the story's completely different. Instead of a budget-priced hybrid car built in China, Mr. Bricklin is working on plans for a luxury-priced plug-in electric car built in China.
But that's probably the least ambitious part of his latest plan outlined in a recent Business Week article.

Mr. Bricklin also wants to create an entire electric car parts manufacturing and distribution network to supply his venture as well as others like Tesla. Business Week asks him what his greatest challenge is. He responds, "Just about everything known to man."

But that's probably only the second most ambitious part of his dream.

Mr. Bricklin wants to build... You sure you're ready for this? OK, he wants to build a flying car. "I've always wanted to build an air car that goes 18 inches off the ground, so we get rid of roads on top of everything else," the 68-year-old entrepreneur told BW. "Tires and frames and all the other crap. The only problem is that I can't find anything that will push it off the ground that doesn't create all sorts of noise, not to mention serious wind and stability problems. In the meantime, I think the electric hybrid is going to be the next serious replacement of the combustion engine."

We want a flying car too, Malcolm. But we also hope you get all those Chinese manufacturing quality problems you keep talking about fixed before you do. And while you're at it, see if you can get the Chinese to figure out how those transporter things work on Star Trek. We'd love to have us one of them.

[Source: Business Week via China Car Times]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Chris Miller
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man, I actually used to respect Malcolm Bricklin. I'm glad I kept John DeLorean as my hero.

      He's around 80, numerous failed automotive ventures, and now he wants to mass market and electric car AND build a hover car? His complete lack of engineering know how means he's going to be the one sitting at desk and huddling Chinese engineers around a toaster and a microwave figuring out how to make the one luxurious and the other defy gravity.

      Atleast it will keep those engineers from ripping off any designs they see fit.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The electric hybrid will replace the Internal Combustion Engine? Just W in TF is his electric "hybrid" hybridized with if not an internal combustion engine? Kitten farts?

      He's not even trying to make sense anymore.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think you should all read the BusinessWeek article...It seems like what Bricklin is trying to do is move something forward that the Big Three have been woefully inept at accomplishing. If he can bring an affordable plug-in hybrid to the United States, I'm a buyer. The comments thus far remind me of the old saying - "How can you tell the pioneers? They're the ones with the arrows in their backs."
      • 8 Years Ago
      Technically, wouldn't you need a pilots license to "drive" a flying car?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've never hear of Mr. Bricklin, but anyone who considers "just about everything known to man" to be his greatest challenge is not credible in my book.

      On the flying car front, one of the more interesting concepts in recent years - still very much vaporware - is from Holland. Based on the narrow Carver One leaning trike, it relies on the gyrocopter (a.k.a. autogiro) principle rather than fixed wings. The passive main rotor represents a relatively small, foldable package. A set of rudders, also foldable, provides directional control. Flying requires a recreational pilot's license. Take-off and landing sites need to be 100x100 meters and free of obstacles.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Bricklin has about -200% credibility at this point.

      He tried his schtick one more time in China, I guess figuring they didn't have Wikipedia over there.

      I say all the investors, customers, and the hordes of others screwed by Bricklin should all chip in 5 bucks and have him sent to the space station permanently. At least then we'd finally get some use out that colossal waste of money and prevent any more people from wasting their money on Bricklin.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jet packs! Give me jet packs! Oh, and a monkey with a gun!

      Okay, anyone who gives this guy any money deserves what he gets, which will be nothing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why does anyone still listen to this guy?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think I'd be a happier person if he stopped his vehicle-related business ventures at importing Subarus in the late 60s. Everything he's done after that is completely insane.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, the electric hybrid will replace the internal combustion engine as soon as it adds pedal power.
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