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    K3 Jungle Flyer, 1992-1993 Maths Museum
K3 Jungle Flyer, 1992-1993
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Built of strong Kevlar fibre, K3 Jungle Flyer is a production model. A single 250cc motor drives four fans with air ducts operating in concert to create the necessary downward draught to power the machine. Steering is achieved by body displacement.

This is the second production model in a series of two. Both models were cast from the same mould, the first being K2 after the highest mountain in the Himalayas. It's called 'K3 Jungle Flyer' because it can fly through very narrow spaces; below trees and above bushes. This means that it is a very practical form of transport in places like the Amazon Rain Forest. It can also be used to fly between the flanks of mountains in the Himalayas. Helicopters can't do that because as soon as they come close to another object they get sucked into a vacuum and crash.

A water-cooled Suzuki motor - similar to the type of motor used on a motorbike - drives an axle which is connected to a toothed belt attached to the propellers of the fans at the front and back of the car. The four fans are in the places where the wheels of a normal car would be. They are contained in canisters so that the air which they generate is vectored 80 degrees downwards by deflectors to form a soft air cushion under the car.

If you want to reverse the car, you simply shift your body a little forwards. If you want to turn right, you lean to the right and so on. It is the same steering principle as 'Bernoulli' but a bit more like bike riding. In 'Bernoulli' the balance is automatic; here you have to create that balance yourself. You could turn upside down in half a second and fall out of the car so you should exercise a little before flying higher than one metre.

© Panamarenko

Kevlar, epoxy, motor and plastic

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