This Homemade DeLorean Hovercraft Doesn't Need Roads

When you mention Kickstarter the first thing that comes to mind is usually some cool new gadget or consumer product, but that's not always the case. Take for instance the DeLorean hovercraft (seen above), created by Matthew Riese. He simply wanted to build a hovercraft that looked like a DeLorean and he used a Kickstarter campaign, along with some interesting incentives, to raise the necessary funds and make his dream a reality.

Here's the description of the Back to the Future inspired craft straight from the Kickstarter campaign:

When it is done, the craft will be able to hover on anything flat (asphalt, sand, water, etc), but it will be mostly driven on the San Francisco Bay. The hovercraft is registered with the DMV in California as a boat (it is not street legal). The top speed should be around 45 mph, which is pretty impressive for a vehicle with no breakes (it's not touching the ground, remember!). If you have never seen a hovercraft, the basic concept is that a fan pushes air underneath the middle of the craft and a "skirt" (basically a flexible inner-tube around the perimeter of the craft) traps that high-pressure air under the craft, which lifts it off the ground. Some air is escaping under the skirt at all points at all times, so in theory, even the skirt isn't actually touching the ground/water (in reality the skirt drags on the ground occasionally). A second fan pushes air behind the craft, driving it forward. Rudders behind this thrust fan turn the craft.

Just in case you were wondering, the craft will not be able to reach 88 mph and so I won't be installing a flux capacitor. Of course, if it was a real time machine I wouldn't be asking you for money, I would be just winning a lot of horse-racing bets!

The hovercraft is a big hit for obvious reasons and it even made an appearance during a live baseball game. You can see it in action in the video below!

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