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8.18.19
Take Two

Hoverboard Guy Crosses English Channel, Shifts Focus to Flying Car

August 5th 19__Kristin Houser__Filed Under: Advanced Transport
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Flying High

French inventor Franky Zapata’s second attempt to cross the English Channel on his flying hoverboard was a success — and now he’s turning his attention to what he says is an upcoming flying car he’s also working on.

“I have my flying car to finish,” he told reporters after landing, according to a France 24 story. “It has to come out before the end of the year, so we’ll come home, take a little vacation, and then, with the whole team, get back on track [so] that it is ready in time.”

Staying Dry

Zapata first attempted to fly the 35 kilometers (22 miles) from one side of the Channel to the other on his hoverboard on July 25, but ended up splashing down into the water while trying to land on a boat to refuel.

He and his team decided to use a boat with a larger platform to avoid the same mistake for his second attempt on Sunday — and this time, the refueling went off without a hitch.

Looking Ahead

With the Channel stunt behind him, Zapata can now focus on the flying car, which he told French news station BFM TV will be able to fly between 300 and 400 kilometers per hour (186 and 248 miles per hour) with a range of 100 to 120 kilometers (62 to 74 miles).

“The base of the flying car has already flown but in version four engines,” Zapata said. “The version with ten engines will fly in the days to follow.”

READ MORE: Franky Zapata’s “flying car” ready “before the end of the year” [France 24]

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