Another crazy project
Professional pilot and inventor of portable water and jet powered vehicles Franky Zapata, after proving the safety and effectiveness of his jet powered creation Flyboard Air, said his next target would be a flying car! The persistence of the inventor and his team led to a crazy project called JetRacer!
What is Jetracer?
The JetRacer is a single-seat vertical take-off and landing aircraft without an airfoil, powered by ten micro-turbojets. Its main flight advantages are maximum speed and high maneuverability due to a relatively short flight range. The JetRacer is built on a lightweight and modular chassis that allows it to meet multiple civilian and military needs, as well as being remotely piloted. All critical systems are designed to provide an extremely high level of redundancy and safety: propulsion, control, power supply, etc.
According to the information provided by the developer, JetRacer is capable of climbing to a height of up to 3,000 meters, reaching a horizontal flight speed of up to 250 km/h, and transporting cargo with a total weight of up to 200 kg. The reserve potential of the key components of the machine allows you to easily survive the failure of up to two out of ten engines, the failure of the control system, fuel system and power source (for each engine). Also at the disposal of the pilot is a unique piloting assistance system, which, judging by the video, among other things, allows you to safely perform such aerobatics as a barrel roll.
Especially for those who are obsessed with flying
In parallel with the JetRacer launch, Franky Zapata plans to run a flight test campaign in the US, where he plans to recruit up to 100 people, from which 25 people will be selected based on pre-test results to participate in the JetRacer flight test!
About the developer
Franky Zapata (French Franky Zapata; born September 27, 1978, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone, France) is a French water transport pilot, inventor of the water flyboard and jet flyboard, founder of Zapata Racing. Since 2012, he has focused on the development and production of personal flyboards for ground and surface flights. On August 4, 2019, he crossed the English Channel with a refueling stop at the midpoint on board the ship. His 35-kilometer flight was carried out accompanied by three French helicopters and warships.