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Plumber builds hoverbike that actually works

Who says you need an expensive degree to work in science? Colin Furze has no engineering qualifications – and he has just built a hoverbike.

Even better, the twin-rotor, seat-less contraption actually flies albeit very close to the ground. Ford asked Colin Furze to put his mind to making himself fly and the results were uploaded to YouTube.

32-year-old Furze describes the hoverbike as an “unhinged flying bike” and a “human blender” (those spinning blades do look way too close to his legs at times), the latter being especially accurate. In fact, a few YouTubers expressed their concern over his safety in the comments.

The project was funded by Ford as part of its ‘unlearn’ advert campaign, which aims to take a ‘fresh look at familiar and find new ways to make progress’ and is designed to change people’s perceptions of the brand.

“Considering the amount of time I’ve spent on this and the fact this is my first ever attempt at making anything that leaves the ground this is well and truly a job well done, it’s easy to overlook the true scale of what takes to make something like this work at all,” Furze said in the video description.

“Thanks to Ford for the sponsorship and the Unlearn campaign, which has turned my mad idea into a reality and shown that trying new things can lead to amazing results,” he added.

If you thought this was the British inventor’s first mad creation, think again. Previous ‘inventions’ include Wolverine claws, Hoover Shoes, a Jet Bicycle and a ‘Mental Mobility Scooter’ that can reach 60mph. Bet gran would love that.

Furze was actually on Gadget Geeks (a show Top Gear’s Rory Reid was a host of) after a 15-year stint as a plumber. He left school at 16 and now regularly gets upwards of a million views on his YouTube videos. There’s probably a moral in there somewhere.

Video: Homemade Hoverbike


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