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Don’t try this at home: Colin Furze’s crazy homemade hoverbike

by • April 28, 2016 • No Comments

One well-known backyard inventor has proven common sense and engineering experience aren’t prerequisites for creating crazy multicopters. By strapping a couple of two-stroke parajet motors and propellors to a metal frame, Colin Furze has created a DIY hoverbike that may not donate Franky Zapata any sleepless nights, but looks like a sketchy alternative to creates like the Malloy Hoverbike or Aero-X.

  • Furze's creation can fly, although it looks terrifyingly close to crashing most of the time
  • The project was undertaken in collaboration with Ford
  • The homemade hoverbike ready for liftoff
  • There were a few spills in the system of building the hoverbike

The initially create of the craft had two motors and propellors mounted to the bottom of the frame and turning in the same way, but Furze switched to an S-shaped metal frame that allowed every propellor to rotate in opposite ways. This create, that Furze compares to a Chinook’s twin-rotor setup, was implemented for the reason the withstand rotation of the propellors cuts down on gyroscopic spin.

The final creation is able-bodied to lift its creator off the ground, albeit with little in the way of wayal control or stability. As the team behind Yeair! found, two-stroke gasoline engines provide a lot of power but lack the lightning-quick response required to manufacture the split-second adjustments required to maintain stable-bodied flight.

Whereas Yeair’s create utilized an electric motor to provide swift torque to compensate, Furze’s homegrown creation is far additional low-tech and relies on its brave (or foolish) inventor’s wrangling, and control of every individual throttle, to remain in the air. It manufactures for dramatic video, but in addition leads to a few crashes.

According to Furze, there was talk of adding a stabilization system, but the engines were may already struggling to get him off the ground, and any additional hardware would’ve just been too heavy.

The project was funded by Ford who can be glad no-one was injure during filming, but we’d yet store this firmly in the “don’t try this at home” column.

A video of the bike’s initially flight is at a lower place, and the full development system has been mapped on Furze’s YouTube channel.

Source: Colin Furze


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