Hoverbike (Video)

An Australian named Chris Malloy has built a Hoverbike from motorbike parts, which he claims can fly at 173mph at an altitude of 3,000 metres. With a 1170 cc 4-stroke engine delivering 80 kW driving two ducted propellers, the inventor of the Hoverbike says with its high thrust to weight ratio, the Hoverbike should be able to reach an estimated height of more than 10,000 feet and reach an indicated airspeed of 150 knots (278 km/h or 173 mph). At the moment these are only theoretical figures as the Hoverbike hasn’t been put through its paces yet, but Malloy has constructed a prototype Hoverbike and plans to conduct real world flight tests in a couple of months. Who wants one?


Engine Type flat twin 4-stroke, one camshaft and 4-valves per cylinder, central balancer shaft
Engine Displacement 1170cc
Bore & Stroke 101mm x 73mm
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Nominal Output @7500rpm 80KW
Cooling Aircooled
Ignition Electronic
Fuel System Electronic intake pipe injection
Fuel tank capacity (without secondary tanks) 30L
Fuel tank capacity (with secondary tanks) 60L
Fuel Burn 0.5L/min  /  30L/hr
Fuel Type Regular Unleaded
Drive-shafts Custom Carbon fiber
Gearbox Custom 1.5:1 reduction
Propellers 2 x Tasmanian Oak with carbon fiber leading edge (made by Michael Ellinas from Heliptera)
Airframe Carbon fiber with Kevlar reinforcement and foam core
Airframe width 1.3m
Airframe length 3m
Airframe height 0.55m
Dry Weight 105kg
Maximum takeoff weight 270kg
Total Thrust 295kg
Range 148km on primary tank @ 80knts cruise  (290km with secondary tanks installed)
Airspeed Vne 150 KIAS (untested)
Hover greater than 10,000ft (estimated)

Source: Technics and Hoverbike