lazareth’s flying motorcycle goes from road to sky in 60 seconds
 

lazareth’s flying motorcycle goes from road to sky in 60 seconds

french custom auto/moto maker lazareth is one step closer to realising its vision of a flying motorcyclea new video showing off the moto volante demonstrates its ability to take off successfully and achieve a hover, even if with a few stabling tethers.

lazareth flying motorcycle goes from road to sky in 60 seconds

 

 

the model in question looks a lot like lazareth’s LM-847, a four-wheel mechanical sculpture built around a 5.2 liter V8 maserati engine. the moto volante goes one step further with a 96,000-rpm jetcat jet turbine in the hub of each wheel. hydraulic actuators tilt the four wheels out and up and two extra jets can be added near the middle of the chassis to handle more weight.

lazareth flying motorcycle goes from road to sky in 60 seconds

 

 

according to lazareth, the flying motorcycle can convert from ride to fly mode in approximately 60 seconds. pressing a button activates the transition gradually heating the jets for lift off. lazareth has hover-tested the bike on tethers to a height of 3.3 ft (1 meter).

lazareth flying motorcycle goes from road to sky in 60 seconds

 

 

france’s BFM TV reports that the entire bike weighs just 140 kg (308 lb), and makes some 240 kg (529 lb) of thrust in flight mode. others also speculate that the bike runs on electric drive due to the lack of chains leading back from the powerplant. the lazareth team will be exhibiting the moto volante to gitex in dubai this october, and will launch pre-orders there at a price of €496,000 (approx. US$560,000).

lazareth flying motorcycle goes from road to sky in 60 seconds

lazareth flying motorcycle goes from road to sky in 60 seconds

  • Does it come with the tethers for $560k?

    Jimmy

    Jimmy Xi says:
  • Rube Goldberg … couldn’t have done it any better… a mechanical wet dream … not exactly alchemy

    Leonardo Sideri says:
  • I still need to see this actually riding down the road, converting to a flying machine and then actually flying before I’ll plop down any money. These guys have been teasing this “concept” for several years now, and have not produced anything other than this short video that doesn’t really show a lot, other than four thrust jets lifting off and tethered. There are many other products out there already that are better performers and are way less money.

    Jeremiah McKenna says:

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