Sunday, October 10, 2010

Halo Intersceptor Design Study is a Bugatti-like Flying / Swimming Car for Billionaires

I wasn't aware of this, but apparently billionaires absolutely despise leaving their cars to board other modes of transportation. You can just imagine Donald Trump sighing heavily in the back of his Maybach, "Do I really have to open the door and climb up those five little steps to board my Gulfstream V?"

No doubt feeling deeply for these disheartened millionaires, U.K. concept designer Philip Pauley has come up with the Halo Intersceptor [sic], a futuristic study for a car that can be transformed into a plane, a helicopter and even a boat.

It's pure flight of fancy, of course, with a 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) time of just 2.3 seconds and a top speed of 311 mph (500 km/h). It features a Bugatti Veyron rear end and a front that looks like it was stolen from Aptera's three-wheel electric car. Oh, and that concept car essential: gullwing doors.

The party piece though is the so-called Halo attachments which, when strapped on to the Intersceptor's body, allow it to be a private jet, four-seat helicopter or a 36 ft (11 m) power boat with a top speed of 63 knots (73 mph / 117 km/h).

It's very impressive, of course, but is it original? Not really.

In 1949, an engineer named Moulton Taylor designed and built a "roadable aircraft" called the Aerocar. Imagine this: you land your single-engine airplane at the airport, reverse the rear section / tailplane onto a trailer, detach it, fold the wings back and in less than 5 minutes you're ready for the road.

He built six of them and there are still a couple road/airworthy examples around today. It wasn't fast and it wasn't pretty, but it worked. Sort of.

By Tristan Hankins

Source: Fastcodesign , Designer: Philip Pauley


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