• Jun 30, 2010
i-tec Mavric flying buggy – Click above for high-res image gallery

In a lot of ways, we've been shortchanged on the transportation front. We were supposed to be jetting around in flying cars by the year 2000, but unfortunately, our vehicles remain firmly bolted the ground below them. At least for now. A company by the name of i-tec is out to build and sell an off-road vehicle capable of taking to the skies in a bid to bring missionaries to the far-flung reaches of the Amazon. Called the Mavric, the buggy weighs a heady 1,100 lbs, but manages to get off the ground thanks to a massive, carbon-fiber blade reverse-prop 128-horsepower engine and an ultra-light style airfoil.

The FAA has granted the Mavric experimental status, and the i-tec crew has been putting the buggy through its paces. While the company specifically wants to use its invention to buzz around in the rain forest, it also has an eye on selling its flying off-roader to companies that spend time inspecting expanses of pipe or fence in unruly terrain. We just want one to use to terrorize our neighborhood.



[Source: i-tec]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      this looks like is both a poor airplane and a poor car. These combos are often the worst of both worlds.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A russian Invention, me think
      • 4 Years Ago
      Correct me if I am wrong, but aren't rain forests dense with trees and other assorted plant life? Where does one take off or land in a rain forest?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Go get the movie, "End of the Spear" and see how they did it with a Piper Cub.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How do you control yaw and pitch in the air?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The FAA did approve this yesterday: http://the-red-line.com/2010/06/29/faa-approves-first-flying-car/

      Now that's a flying car!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could get into a lot of mischief with something like that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Clearly "invention" is a bit of a strong word as there are already examples out there.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7qg3lNsxmQ
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like fun. And the reason we do not have flying cars everywhere is the amount of carnage that would be given the current abilities of ground-level drivers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Every country has bad drivers, Mr. Rockwell.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What makes this one different than the similar products out on the market? Here in CT, I often see people buzzing above the hills on one-seater versions. So, what's new about this one, the two extra rear seats?
        • 4 Years Ago
        What you are seeing is probably an aircraft with landing gear.
        This is something that can transition to a car.

        Having said that there are similar products to this on the market.
        There were reports of one company/team taking there version around the world not too long ago.