'Back to the Future' fans will swoon over this 'DeLorean' hovercraft
- "Back to the Future" fans will appreciate this "DeLorean" hovercraft. It can cruise on water and reach speeds up to 130km/h.
- The hovercraft took a total of four-and-a-half years to build and runs on a 23-horsepower thrust engine pushed by a 90cm-odd fan.
- Watch the video above to see the hovercraft in action.
Back to the Future fans will swoon over this "DeLorean" hovercraft.
It's a custom-designed sculpture of a DeLorean.
Have you ever seen a DeLorean do THIS before?
Matt Riese: "Hi I'm Matt Riese. This is my crazy creation. A hand-made, amphibious, hovering time-travelling Delorean. Come on, I'll show you how it works"
It's made out of styrofoam and wrapped in fibreglass.
It consists of some real DeLorean parts.
It can cruise on the water, reaching speeds up to 130km/h.
Matt Riese: "You can see this is the lift engine. This is how it works. You turn on this motor and the big fan in there will push a bunch of air down. Some of that air gets diverted into this vinyl skirt here. Which forms basically an inner tube around the perimeter of the whole and that traps the pocket of high-pressure air underneath the rest of the whole and that lifts the whole about six to eight inches off the ground, water, snow, dirt, sand... Whatever you are over"
The hovercraft runs on a 23-horsepower thrust engine pushed by a 90cm fan.
Rudders help the driver steer.
The steering wheel can be moved to different positions.
Matt Riese: Check out this switch panel here. We got headlights. We got navigation lamps for the Coast Guard. We got cockpit lights. Flux capacitor, that's the coloured lights around the perimeter. And then anti-gravity, which is the pulse engines embedded in the tyres which you can see flashing.
There are some real DeLorean parts. The side marker lights. These grill pieces. The logo here and the grill emblem. And the doors are created with moulds of the real Delorean doors. You can see the armrests. I got the leather texture and everything. That's fibreglass, but that's from a real DeLorean."
The hovercraft took a total of four-and-a-half years to build.
Matt Riese: So piloting this basically feels like driving a car that's constantly sliding around on ice. You got your foot pedal and you got your steering wheel and it feels like you're in a car, but you're just sliding around every which way with no friction.
It's continuously being worked on to improve its performance.
It's registered as a boat with the state of California.
This DeLorean hovercraft is currently for sale.
How great it would be to time travel in your own hovercraft.
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