Where we’re going, we don’t need roads… no seriously though.
Every so often, an overzealous, middle-aged man with too much time on his hands goes out and Frankensteins some useless, ridiculous, automotive contraption that gets its 15 minutes of fame for being outlandish then disappears from the spotlight and vanishes forever. This is not one of those times.
This is what Matt Riese aka “David Lorean” calls his resume’. He spent 4-years of his life building it and a year before that conceptualizing. Before he began, he had no clue how to build a hovercraft, but he learned as he went. And with a little help from Kickstarter, he was able to raise over $5,600 to start the project which, of course, wasn’t enough to finish. Riese took side jobs to fund the rest of the project and in 2012, the DeLorean hovercraft was complete.
Since its completion, it has been on car blogs, websites, news stations, it’s even been on TV during a San Francisco Giants game, and now it’s finally on Motoriginal.
Riese did such a great job with the construction, it could easily fool you into thinking it was a real DeLorean at first glance. But a deeper look reveals pink foam, fiberglass, glue, and paint making up the body. It’s light enough to float without the engines running, of which there are two. In the front there’s a 6hp lawnmotor motor cranking a horizontal 24-inch fan which supplies the lift while the rear 36-inch fan is powered by a 16hp 2-cylinder Briggs and Stratton utility engine which he’ll soon be upgrading to 23hp.
It’s such an inspiration for those wanting to start a project but don’t know where to begin. It was best-selling author John C. Maxwell who said, “You only get ready by starting.”
Check out the links below more of the DeLorean hovercraft:
Though never entirely functional, Citroen’s hovercrafts are certainly an interesting footnote in automotive history. The project lasted from 1961 to 1969. The cars were exceptionally noisy and used prolific amounts of fuel for their twin turbine engines. Too bad they were never able to refine the design to something that could travel more then five miles on ten liters of gas.