Spend: Clay­don Reeve’s Aer­oboat

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A su­peryacht with a real, re­con­di­tioned Spit­fire en­gine in the hull? Hop aboard…

Re­vive all Re­turn of the Jedi dreams – no, not that one – as US firm Aero­fex is fi­nally tak­ing or­ders for its hov­er­bike.

The Aero-X pro­to­type was first re­vealed back in 2012, look­ing then like two in­dus­trial fans with a seat in the mid­dle, yet it had nei­ther a price nor re­lease date within sniff­ing dis­tance.

But Aero­fex is now ac­cept­ing pre-or­ders for its new ma­chine (right), with a US$5,000 de­posit to be paid now and de­liv­ery ex­pected in 2017.

It’s a long wait, but the bike is now ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing two peo­ple at a cruis­ing height of three me­tres off the ground, with con­trols func­tion­ing just like a mo­tor­cy­cle.

The “hover” is achieved by twin ro­tor blades cre­at­ing enough down­draft to stay aloft and soar ver­ti­cally with­out a lengthy run­way.

Aero-X’s speed is lim­ited to 68km/h, but if you’re more Stormtrooper than Sky­walker, it’s fit­ted with airbags that in­flate across the whole ve­hi­cle. US $85,000, aero­fex.com, out 2017

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