A man named Matthew Riese - a.k.a. David Lorean - had a dream; to build a Delorean Hovercraft.
Combining the awesomeness of the ‘real’ star of Back To The Future with that of a hovercraft just seemed too good to be true. And as it turns out, it was…
But Riese/Lorean didn’t give up, turning to the increasingly-popular crowd funding method as far back as 2010 to raise the US$5500 he required to have another crack.
Crowd funding often poses excellent ideas, but many never make the transformation from paper to reality as only a handful or people are prepared to donate their cash.
This wasn’t the case with Riese’s Delorean Hovercraft, which raised the necessary funds plus some additional pocket change and now it is, in fact, a reality.
Delorean fans may cringe at the idea that one of their beloved has been transformed to hover-car status, but Riese assures us the body is a styrofoam replica that can float.
Power for the lift comes from a 4.5kW lawnmower engine while power for the thrust comes from a twin-cylinder Briggs And Stratton engine producing 12kW.
The hover-Delorean currently has a top speed of around 37km/h, but Riese says the 12kW thrust engine will soon make way for a 17kW unit.
The initial plans were based on a kit from Universal Hovercraft, but Riese designed and built the rest over a period of four years.
The Delorean Hovercraft creator says he will probably always be looking for ways to improve his design, and that while he doesn’t think he is crazy, it may help.
“If making this makes me crazy, I don’t wanna be sane,” Riese said on his website.
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