Motorcycle That Transforms Into A Jet-Powered Flying Machine

March 21, 2019

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These are several shots and a video of the LMV496 from French custom bike builder Lazareth. The highly questionable design (why does it look like there are giant strips cut out of the tires? And how come there isn't any video of the thing flying untethered and not just hovering?) has an electric engine capable of a 100km range on the ground, and four wheels that splay out with a kerosene powered turbine in the center of each to take to the skies for up to 10 of the most terrifying minutes of your life at a time. Want one? Lazareth says they'll produce a limited edition of five of the death traps for upwards of $550,000 apiece. Looking for the same thrill but find yourself a little short on the funds? Just ride your bicycle off the side of the Grand Canyon.

Keep going for the video (actual very unstable hovering footage is around 1:47, and LOUD) while I wait to pick up a used model for super cheap considering smashed and burnt scrap metal prices aren't exactly through the roof.

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Thanks to Marc B, who agrees if you don't try to go as high and fast as you can the first time you ever get on a hovervehicle, you're doing it wrong and should be ashamed.

  • Deksam
  • TJ Wilferd

    Bullet from the 1980s cartoon M.A.S.K. is finally real!

  • Deksam

    I was thinking that exact same thing! Loved that show as a kid, made me draw flying motorcycles for years.
    Though, a motorcycle that turns into a gyrocopter is way simpler idea then this.

  • The_Wretched

    I prefer designs that are produced by well rested engineers.

  • Wooder

    I will believe this is a reality when they remove the tether lines when its flying. Hovering 5 feet off the ground and not moving does not count...

    Take off the training wheels please...

  • GeneralDisorder

    You have to make a cool rendering and a cute sob story so that you get useful idiots to invest in your "business". Then you take that millions of dollars people put up to make solar roads a thing and retire.

  • Chris Clark

    Seriously... interesting concept, but not ready for prime time, by any stretch of the imagination. Plus, the transformation seems awwwwfully slow.

  • Beanhimself

    No cup holders? Im out.

  • Tigerh8r

    That's dangerous! Someone could spill their beer!

  • GeneralDisorder

    Flying sober is like driving... sober.

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