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the challange would to get the best "loft time/distance traveled" from a car driven off a cliff. Obviously these would not be manned. speed would not really make any diffrence if the car was not modified in some way ,as a car pushed off would hit the bottom at the same time as one driving at 90mph. Wings and attude control would be important, a propeller attached to the engine might help keep up airspeed once ground contact is lost. The first cliff could be a short one 6-10ft so that one or two "point building test jumps" could be done to work out bugs. The final jump would be as high as you could possibly find and extra points awarded for "dive entry" (how did it land?).
-- Kimric Smythe (email@example.com), May 02, 2003
Hi, in the 50's or 60's there was a car produced for a very short time that was also a plane. They had folding wheels and an attachable prop. Using a real car doesn't sound like it could be very easy, even in the junkyard. You would be dealing with alot of weight. Maybe like a go cart with folding wings and a prop. That sounds buildable. It would have to be manned. The whole purpose is to build a vehicle that you can drive as well as fly.
-- Peter Greeley (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 13, 2003.
it actually could be a very good idea with a little tweaking. since it would have to be unmanned they could provide rc equipment. and as far as heavy cars, many many things could be ripped out and sawed off plus big giant ass wings could be put on.
-- Jerome 'Jay' Munroe (email@example.com), September 03, 2003.
u cant make a flying car....dumb fuck! (_)_)::::::::D (())
-- munkey nuts (dumb ass @ idea.idiot), September 04, 2003.
Ya U DUMB ASS
-- Conrad Scinic (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 14, 2003.
-- dsfs (email@example.com), June 09, 2004.
They have probably already thought of something like that. You also have to take into consideration that this is a Tv show and that they could get sued if somthn happened to the person manning the craft. It sounds like a cool idea though. You should do somthn like me and my friends are doing at school. By a certain date in January we must have built a project (Dune Buggy) and only spend so much money on. Do a junkyard wars deal with your friends and see if you can get it to work then send in the video to show that it can be done and safely and they would probably actually consider it.
-- Tommy Thompson (xSchwartzx@hotmail.com), October 15, 2004.
I was actualy on the show a few years ago (golfing cars) The car would certanly not be manned, the RC is not hard I have done it before for a thing my friends and I called "Car Hunt" "ttp://www.peoplehater.org/carhunthtml/carframe.html" The armor was the big problem. You are not really going for flight , just hang time. You would want to get as much speed mas possible with your tires and then a prop tied into your drive train from then on. Another consideration was to just have an ejection seat to bail out a dummy and return it to the ground ,apart from the plunging car and dispense with wings alltogether. That would be more of a test to build a working ejection seat and parachute system.
-- Kimric Smythe (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 15, 2004.