Buggy Or Plane? The SkyRunner Is Both

Buggy Or Plane? The SkyRunner Is Both

At first glance, the 420kg vehicle looks mostly like a buggy. It’s only when you do the full 360-degree tour that the rear propeller becomes clearly evident and if you’re particularly observant, you may notice the small wing-like structures on either side of the chassis.

Speaking of the body, it’s constructed of a glass and carbon fibre composite and houses a one-litre, V4 “EcoBoost” engine with an output of 92kW @ 6000rpm. On land, the SkyRunner’s maximum speed is 185km/h, while in the air it can manage 88.5km/h (wind permitting), though you’ll need to hit 59.5km/h before you can actually take off. It can get up to 15,000 feet (4.57km), but you might have trouble breathing unassisted at that altitude.

Those worried about running into trouble while airborne need not worry, a parachute is built into the buggy so you can float safety to the ground.

All this, including the potential for oxygen deprivation, will set you back $US119,000 and you’ll need to wait until 2014 to see the thing. This, however, isn’t so much of a problem as it’s not mentioned on the website if they’ll even ship it to Australia.

[SkyRunner, via Uncrate]