Parajet SkyRunner

Posted: May 04, 2014

If I had $119,000 to drop on a vehicle, I'd probably still pick a Tesla, but like the SCOUT carbon paramotor, I do appreciate the Parajet SkyRunner's ingenuity. Part ATV, part light-sport aircraft, all the fun of dangerous recreational activities. And as I've said before, if they can perfect this type of over-the-rainbow technology and the pilot's control of it such that I can use a parachuted ATV to commute to work and the ice cream store above all idiots in cars, on bikes, and tripping over their own two feet...a SkyRunner might move up to neck-and-neck with the Elon Muskmobile on my Most Wanted list.

The Parajet SkyRunner combines a lightweight all-terrain buggy with aviation technology centered around a Ford 1.0ltr EcoBoost direct injection turbo engine, a Bespoke 4-speed transmission with power takeoff, and a Helix 1.65m, 3-blade carbon fiber propellor. These systems collaborate with reflex paraglider wing technology to retain "dynamic and responsive control" during flight. Air time should feel safe and comfortable, with minimal turbulence. Performance results include a takeoff speed of 37 mph, in-air cruise speed of 35 mph, and max flight speed of 55 mph. The SkyRunner has a range of 200 miles, and a restricted altitude of 10,000 feet.

On the ground, the vehicle's ATV self can reach maximum speeds of 115 mph, and accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds. According to designers, the SkyRunner engine's 125PS power and 200Nm torque output can handle demanding terrain and sand dune treks with the same gusto as a traditional 1.6-liter petrol engine.

Muchas danke to Manny for the Dude Product Tip.

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