Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. Minus the flux capacitor, the DeLorean DMC-12 has been converted to a hovercraft. Frolicking in McCovey Cove outside August 10’s Giants vs. Rockies game was the finished Kickstarted project of Matthew Riese that was funded back in 2010. Thanks to that campaign, he got everything he needed to get the DMC armor floating around for home run baseballs. Broadcasters Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow were appropriately amused:
Riese’s Kickstarter campaign for the DeLorean DMC-12 Hovercraft accomplished its goal of $5,600.
When it is done, the craft will be able to hover on anything flat (asphalt, sand, water, etc), but it will be mostly driven on the San Francisco Bay. The hovercraft is registered with the DMV in California as a boat (it is not street legal). The top speed should be around 45 mph, which is pretty impressive for a vehicle with no breakes (it’s not touching the ground, remember!). If you have never seen a hovercraft, the basic concept is that a fan pushes air underneath the middle of the craft and a “skirt” (basically a flexible inner-tube around the perimeter of the craft) traps that high-pressure air under the craft, which lifts it off the ground.
The question now remains, given he crowdsources the funds for a flux capacitor, whether he could push the DeLorean up to 88. Sports almanac? Yes, please.