London: It is a car that could come straight out of a James Bond movie, changing into a speedboat, helicopter or jet whenever the respective mode of transport is required. The Halo Interceptor could be the solution to all your transport problems, provide you have the necessary cash of course.
British designer Phil Pauley has come up with the concept based around a sports car with attachments that make it float like a boat and fly like a helicopter or jet. Pauley lays emphasis on the fact that the Halo Interceptor should not be seen as a flying car but a plane, helicopter, boat and car in one.
Fitted with a hybrid power unit and a supercomputer in the cockpit, the Halo Interceptor has a top speed of over 500 km/h and accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.3 seconds. Fitted with the jet attachment Halo 120 degrees, it allows a maximum speed of Mach 2 at a height of up to 20,000 metres.
The Halo 46 degrees offers helicopter flight version for hasty businessmen. The maximum speed is 185 knots. The Halo 22 degrees speedboat attachment features a racing hull providing up to 63 knots and a range of 1,200 nautical miles.
With looming traffic chaos in the big mega cities, Pauley hopes his concept will catch on with the big car producers or at least influence the design of the cars of the future.
First Published: Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 15:45