Didn’t you expect the year 2000 to offer you your choice of flying cars and teleportation devices? Yeah, we did, too. Well, Australian Chris Malloy must have been pretty upset about it. Malloy didn’t just sit around whining and pissing in people’s Wheaties like the rest of us. He built a dual-fanned hoverbike allegedly capable of doing 170MPH and flying over 10,000-feet vertically.
Since it’s classified as an ultralight, you won’t technically need a pilot’s license, although a parachute will likely be a good idea. And for better or worse, the hoverbike is shaping up to be affordable to the point where people who really shouldn’t be riding around on one of these will probably be able to: a production run of 100 a year will peg them at $40,000 each, and if 1,000 are ordered, that cost could drop to something comparable to a performance motorcycle.