• ETC
  • Jul 26, 2014
It may not be a flying car, and it may not even be a Hoverboard. But we don't care. A hoverbike is still incredibly awesome, and there's now a chance to bring just such a device to the real world thanks to Kickstarter.

Designed by an Kiwi bloke in London named Chris Malloy and seen on these very pages three years ago in prototype form, the would-be hoverbike is a sort of combination between a motorcycle and a helicopter, relying on spinning rotors front and rear to generate lift. Past versions of the machine used two rotors, powered by a a 1,170cc boxer engine from BMW, but what you're helping build is rather different entirely.

Since we last featured that Hoverbike prototype, Malloy has further refined the design, changing from two rotors to four, but it's still far from being ready for production. That's the bad news. The good news is that small-scale testing has proven this new design, and third-scale models, powered by electric motors and controlled remotely, are now ready for those with a bit of expendable income to get their grubby mitts on.

As much as we'd love to see a Kickstarter campaign for the fullsize Hoverbike, we think these radio-controlled, unmanned drones are pretty darn cool in their own right, and Malloy says this project will help fund the real thing in true human-scale. Check out the Kickstarter campaign here, and scroll down below for some video.


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      Junkyard Willie
      • 5 Months Ago
      Just wait until the Navy get their hands on one of these bad boys.
      Indubitably
      • 5 Months Ago
      Awesome concept all around. Only issue with this will be the noise it generates. The small model is already loud enough, imagine a full scare version?
      JaredN
      • 5 Months Ago
      Sure, that will be safe.
        Jarda
        • 5 Months Ago
        @JaredN
        ? Do you think videos with quad-copters playing with ball are fake?
          JaredN
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Jarda
          Can you read? Did I say anything about fake? Nope, I didn't. What I implied was that it wouldn't be safe. Look at the rider -- he has no protection at all. Any moderately hard landing and he's dead.
          HollywoodF1
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Jarda
          "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." As an engineer well versed in physics and computer sensors, I can attest that they are the real thing.
          Jarda
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Jarda
          Ummm nope. How about on-body airbags? Already being tested on bikes... Even falling down off of a horse is more dangerous for several reasons. Also here there's pretty much no reason to fall, thanks to the clever electronics (which was my point when asking you my question)... The only danger I see here is possible EMP when a pig tags you because your masters will never let you ride this thing.
      Jarda
      • 5 Months Ago
      You really believe your rulers would let you ride it?
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 5 Months Ago
      looks nice. better if helicopter license wasnt needed.
      elctrNmbliT
      • 5 Months Ago
      It slices, it dices. Keep that flying blender away from my neighborhood and my kids.
      789dm
      • 5 Months Ago
      http://telecommandercorp.com/ebaylinks/toys/kenner/mask/bullet/box82.jpg
      Hoale
      • 4 Months Ago
      Sounds like a great idea and I think people think this is supposed to replace cars which isn't likely (at least in the near future). Think of it more as a bridge between helicopters, super cars and motorcycles. Pricey, fun and possibly very convenient.
      Technoir
      • 5 Months Ago
      Awesome. But why do the fans overlap?
        Gordon Chen
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Technoir
        I'm guessing to keep within a compact shape. If the blades weren't overlapping, it would take too much square footage.
      JB
      • 4 Months Ago
      This thing will come out right after my hoverboard. "Where we are going, we don't need roads"
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