Street legal hovercraft with wheels
Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:10 PM
- Would all of the necessary land-driving components weigh so much that it would be worthless as a hovercraft?
- what ideas do people have for how to make retractable wheels?
- would the stresses on the hull of regular street-type driving require a hull that is so strong that it would be too heavy to hover?
- is there any chance this kind of thing could actually be street legal?
- would the craft footprint have to be huge to support the extra weight?
I know this might require some pretty audacious imagination, but I'm still going to assume that it might be possible.
Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:22 PM
In some cases they want it inspected for road-worthiness, and I'm not sure if that's the same as a safety inspection or not. In that case they want to see bumpers, safety belts, mirrors and that sort of thing. From what I've heard from folks who convert cars into electric vehicles, it's the luck of the draw for that. You get an inspector, and depending on what sort of day he's having or how enthusiastic he is for your project, he could pass a whole lot of stuff he probably shouldn't or he may stick you for things that might not actually be wrong.
It also probably matters what type of license you're getting. If you go with a neighborhood vehicle then it has a top speed of 25 mph and can't go on streets where the speed limit is over 40, or something like that.
My own reaction to your question based on what I know is, if you actually got a hovercraft to be licensed for road use you would no longer have a functional hovercraft, at least not one that goes at interesting speeds.
Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:38 PM
Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:50 PM
It is tuff to combine any 2 vehicles and get any performance at all in either mode.
In case you want to try, airbag or air shocks suspension can be used to raise and lower and support the weight.
Like trucks that raise the 3rd axle or support the load.
And like the "Low Riders".
PS Air don't weight much but the equipment might.
Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:15 PM
I'd do two wheels in front one in back in a kind of horseshoe crab-like body, unless doing a pointy UH design, then one wheel up front two in the back.
Edited by kach22i, 25 February 2009 - 12:18 PM.
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