Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Martin Jetpack: Your very own V4-engined personal jet

The Martin Jetpack has to be one of the coolest ways of getting around...
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We love old Honda V4s – everything from the VF1000R to the RC30 and the RC45. But here’s one V4-engined runabout (or should that be flyabout?) that’s almost as cool as one of those old Hondas. Yes, the Martin Jetpack is fitted with a 2.0-litre two-stroke V4 that kicks out 200 horsepower at 6,000rpm and 240Nm of torque at 3,500rpm.

The Martin Jetpack has a carbonfibre and Kevlar composite chassis and weighs around 240 kilos. You don’t need a pilot’s license to fly one, but you do need to pass a training program conducted by the Martin Aircraft Company before you can take delivery of your jetpack.

The Jetpack will let you fly at a height of 8,000 feet, at speeds of up to 100km/h. Range, on one full tank of fuel, is 50km. All right, so it isn’t a motorcycle and it’s nowhere near as fast as an R1, but we think it’s still damn cool anyway.

More details, pics and videos on the Martin Jetpack official website here

Prepare for blast off...

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