Anyone stuck in a traffic jam has had the same wish, to own a car that can lift off of the ground and zoom ahead of the pack. For decades, inventors and engineers have attempted to make that dream a reality, and they are closer than you think. Join us as we examine flying car designs of the past and present: the good, the bad, and the bizarre. See how modern technology has brought us closer than ever to putting cars in the air and flying machines in every garage.
Imagine a car that can lift off from your driveway and take you anywhere you want to be. What was once science fiction is now fact thanks to the tireless efforts of designers and engineers, who are redefining what automobiles can be. In this episode, we show how cutting edge VTOLs (Vertical Takeoff and Landing Aircrafts) are assisting law enforcement and the military, and may one day change the way we go to work, run errands, or simply go for a joy ride. Thanks to evolving technology and innovative designs, the sky is quite literally the limit.
Over the years, what has driven manufacturers like Mercedes to build "supercars," automobiles whose performance far exceeds any reasonable road-going requirements? Automotive expert Simon Kidston takes you behind the wheel of six of the most distinctive supercars in the world and examines what makes these automotive wonders so exceptional...and so expensive. These cars are definite eye-catchers: the Mercedes Benz 300SL, Lamborghini Miura, Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari F40, and the McLaren F1. Take an exclusive look around the high-tech Bugatti factory and their gorgeous $1.5 million Bugatti Veyron.
When the jet pack took its first flight in the 1960s, it was loud, difficult to pilot, and could stay in the air for about 30 seconds. 50 years later, not much has changed. But visionary engineers are hard at work to make them quieter, safer, and more practical. Will they succeed? See how new approaches with simpler mechanics may allow us to use these futuristic flying machines in ways no one has yet to imagine. Then witness pilot Nick Macomber's attempt to take a jet pack to world record heights, and hopefully make it back down!
The annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance car show is where the world's millionaires and billionaires show off some of the most exotic cars on the planet. Winning this competition can add hundreds of thousands to a car's value, but any of these collectors will tell you that it's not about the money-it's about bragging rights.
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