A Chinese inventor has unveiled a unique flying ‘Magical Cloud’ Scooter that can reach a top speed of 44 mph and was inspired by a cartoon he watched as a child, the scooter may be available for less than £5,000 next year.
The homemade ‘flying scooter’, made by a maverick Chinese inventor, has taken to the skies with its creator on board.
The contraption is powered by eight propellers and Mr Zhao says it will be available to customers for between £4,330 – £5,700 ($5,500 and $7,200) next year.
He has named the drone Jin Dou Yun or Magical Cloud – a flying cloud ridden by China’s very own fictional superhero, Monkey King.
The inventor from Dongguan in southern China has invested heavily in his project, which so far has yielded just one prototype.
Mr Zhao claims the project is yet to be completed and the machine is still missing its outer shell.
According to the inventor, mass production will begin next year, with the ambitious entrepreneur hoping it will be available overseas in the future.
Mr Zhao told a reporter from Guangzhou Daily after a test flight;
‘It was like riding a motorbike in the sky.
‘My dream has come true after this 1560th flight test.’
A video on Chinese news site Sohu shows the man leaning forward with his hands on a control panel at the front of his contraption.
Seconds later, all eight propellers start to spin and lift Mr Zhao into the air.
The man-carrying quadcopter levitates in the sky and lands safely on the ground.
Mr Zhao claimed the flying bike could carry a load of between 110 and 220 pounds (50 and 100 kilograms).
Its maximum takeoff weight of 564 pounds (256 kilograms), top speed of 44 mph (70 km/h) and battery life of 30 minutes make it a market leader, said Mr Zhao.
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