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Wednesday, January 14, 2009 » 07:42pm


A British adventurer plans to set off in a home-made vehicle which can transform itself from a car into an aircraft in minutes - destination Timbuktu.

On the ground the Skycar runs on a biofuel-powered engine, and can accelerate from zero to 100kph in 4.5 seconds.

But with a powerful fan on the rear its take-off speed is 60kph, and once in the air it can fly at speeds of up to around 110km/h, cruising at 2000 feet to 3,000 feet with a paraglider-style canopy holding it aloft.

Inventor Giles Cardozo, 29, will leave the British capital for the 6,000km trip through France, Spain and north Africa, across the Sahara to the fabled desert city of Timbuktu in Mali.

The journey is expected to take about 40 days, during which they plan to soar over the Pyrenees, and the Straits of Gibraltar between southern Spain and Africa.

With four-wheel drive it can allegedly deal with the most rugged terrain, starting on the city streets of London and ending in the sands of the Sahara.

'It's not like a car - it's more like a dune buggy,' said Cardozo. 'But no other dune buggy or car has flown like this thing before. It flies brilliantly.'

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