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Jet suit racing set could take flight in 2019

Richard Browning, inventor of the Iron Man suit, wants a racing series

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IPSWICH, England — Forget cars, bikes and boats. Next year "Iron Man"-style jet suits could be the new way to race.

The British creator of the jet-engine-powered suit that allows you to fly said he would launch a new racing series over water next year featuring men and women from different sporting backgrounds.

"The idea of ... a race around a kind of air race circuit, in three dimensions with 1,000-horsepower jet suits, it's going to be astounding and phenomenal," inventor Richard Browning told Reuters.

The suit, which has recorded a speed of 32 miles per hour, is made up of five miniature jet engines mounted on the pilot's arms and back and is reminiscent of the one worn by Robert Downey Jr. in the Marvel superhero "Iron Man" films.

Browning, a former commodities trader who first developed the suit in his garage with friends around three years ago, put the jet suit on sale in a London department store in July with a 340,000 pounds ($443,360) price tag. He helped Reuters reporter Hanna Ratala suit up, and he also did a demonstration flight in and around his personal fighter jet.

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