The company is hoping to create a viable vehicle, entitled as “Road Sport”, that will be able to fly as well as travel like normal cars. The company will attempt to complete a 3,700 mile journey by both air and land to Timbuktu in Bali, scheduled early next year; once the journey will be successfully completed, Parajet will look at starting to retail this “Road Sport” vehicle starting from 2010.
Mostly based on a off-road buggy, the prototype comes with a back-mounted jet propeller in order to provide the movement while in air, and a folding parafoil wing that uses the most recent advances in aerodynamic technology and materials, all which add to help the vehicle glide, the same way as a man-powered glider.
In line with the current fuel crisis and with environmental concerns, the buggy will be powered by a 140 bhp bio-ethanol engine, same type of engine found on the Yamaha R1 super-bike, obviously with some changes. The result consists of a 245cc engine, weighing only 11 kg and producing a maximum power output of 48 bhp at 9000 rpm while remaining only 130 mm wide in diameter.
Responsible for putting that power onto the road, the engine is mated with a CVT(constant variable transmission) gearbox borrowed from a snowmobile.
Parajet claims that the performance figures, on land, are just 4.5 seconds for the 0-62 mph time, and a top speed of around 111mph, although the “Road Sport” is expected to be even quicker.
With a required speed and distance, in order to reach full take-off, of 35mph and 200 meters, the vehicle will be ideal for short runways, as PistonHeads mentions, on off-road terrain, while reaching an air speed of up to 80mph and an altitude of around 15,000 feet.
With a price tag for the first retail version of £35,000 to £60,000, for a high-performance sports version, the vehicle is expected to be quite an exciting pilot-license free, cheap transportation method, via air or ground.