Brit loonies adventurers headed to Timbuctoo by ‘flying car’
An adventurous office developer and “extreme golfer” who was the first man to circumnavigate the UK by jetski now plans an expedition to Timbuctoo in a combination motorised parachute and dune buggy. The “Skycar” vehicle is described as “the world’s first bio-fuelled flying car”.
Concept art from Parajet – the proposed “Road Sport” Skycar
The poor man’s flying car.
Neil Laughton is a modern British adventurer of the usual sort, having undertaken dozens of corporately-sponsored desperate ventures around the world in aid of good causes. Like many of his wilderness-prowling colleagues he is a regular on the after-dinner speaking circuit, on top of his day job as chairman of an office development firm.
So far, so what. But in recent times Mr Laughton’s CV suddenly becomes interesting – according to his website, during 2008 he “developed the World’s first high performance, road legal, bio-fuelled flying car”. That’s enough to make the Reg flying-car desk sit up and take notice.
Tomorrow, Laughton’s “Parajet Skycar” will set off on an expedition to the fabled desert city of Timbuctoo/Timbuktu/Tombouctou in Mali. The Skycar will do much of the journey by road, but will take to the air to get over the Alps and the Straits of Gibraltar, apparently. It will be accompanied by a large cast of adventurous nutters in various support vehicles.
Unfortunately, the Skycar is basically just a paramotor/powered paraglider with wheels – or a dune buggy with a propulsion fan on the back, able to fly along suspended beneath a fabric wing closely related to advanced parachutes. Though Mr Laughton will lead the Mali expedition, the Skycar actually comes from paramotor company Parajet, run by Laughton and Grylls’ Everest backpack-birdman buddy Gilo Cardozo.