SkyRunner has unveiled a hybrid vehicle, which is essentially an all-terrain buggy capable of transforming itself into a light-sport aircraft within minutes. Fabricated using light-weight and highly tensile carbon-fiber body panels the flying buggy is designed for short-distance takeoffs and landing and can achieve the top speed of 40mph at an altitude of 10,000 feet.
The vehicle’s stability, control and resistance to stalls can be attributed to its ram-air parafoil wing technology, writes Design Boom. The buggy, powered by two engines, uses the rear-mounted propellers to inflate the parachute wings as it turns from an off-road machine to a flying car.
SkyRunner C.E.O. Stewart Hamel says the vehicle, priced at $139,000, was initially developed for sports adventure but now it appears a potential tool for border security, law enforcement, ranches and even in defense, notes Digital Trends. Those who wish to fly this buggy will be required to secure a flying license with a Certified Flight Instructor.