Two designers are attempting to bring hovercrafts into the 21st century with a sleek, sports car-inspired creation.
Produced in the 1950s, hovercrafts never took off but cousins Michael Mercier and Chris Jones are eager to change that.
The Mercier-Jones Hovercraft will employ state-of-the-art materials and components from the marine, automotive, and aerospace industries but will be marketed as a vehicle that the general public can purchase and enjoy.
Radical: Produced in the 1950s, hovercrafts never took off but cousins Michael Mercier and Chris Jones are eager to change that with their sports car-inspires design
Modern: The Mercier-Jones Hovercraft will employ state-of-the-art materials and components from the marine, automotive, and aerospace industries
The pair reached out to investors for $50,000 on crowd-funding website IndieGogo to help make the project a reality.
They only raised $4,000 – a mere eight per cent of their target – but the duo are not letting that deter them from their mission to revolutionize the hovercraft.
‘The automotive industry is filled with futuristic concept cars that inspire and intrigue us, but we never actually get to drive them because they are never manufactured,’ the pair said on their now-expired IndieGogo page.
‘The technology of a hovercraft is both futuristic and intriguing, but the designs of current production models don’t inspire the way they should.
Investment: The pair only managed to raise $4,000 of their $50,000 target on crowd-funding website IndieGogo to make their design a reality
Stylish: The Mercier-Jones Hovercraft will not only look like a high-end sports vehicle, the pair say, but it will perform like one too
‘We are here to change that. Our concepts are the future of personal hovercraft, and it’s time to start building them to make you the next pilot.’
The Mercier-Jones Hovercraft will not only look like a high-end sports vehicle, but it will perform like one too, the pair say.
‘The core technology of hovercraft has been around for over 50 years, and it’s time for an upgrade. We are pioneering the development of hovercraft that are quieter, easier to maneuver, and more environmentally friendly,’ the duo said.
‘Mercier-Jones hovercraft will allow you to hover without the need for earplugs, will offer steering and braking ability similar to a car, and fly-by-wire control on a gas-electric hybrid power train to unlock design potential.
‘Our patent pending hovercraft directional control system allows fine tuned control in the forward, lateral and reverse directions. Independent control over each side of the thrust system enables advanced maneuvering for the pilot.’
Their goal is to produce entry-level hovercrafts for $20,000, but, at the moment, they are still looking for funding from backers and investors.