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Halo Intersceptor concept would serve as car, boat, plane and helicopter


November 3, 2010

The Halo Intersceptor multi-vehicle concept

The Halo Intersceptor multi-vehicle concept

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We’ve seen cars that transform into boats, into airplanes, and even into helicopters, so why not one that transforms into all three? That’s the idea behind UK designer Philip Pauley’s Halo Intersceptor concept. Now, before you start picturing a kind of Swiss Army knife-type vehicle, you should know that the Intersceptor concept revolves around a central car that remains unchanged, that simply “plugs in” to different attachments. It’s definitely an intriguing idea, even if you may never be able to buy one.

The four-seater Intersceptor automobile itself would have a hybrid engine, four wheel drive, a top speed of 311 mph (500 km/h), an acceleration time of 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.3 seconds, and a range of 700 miles (1,127 km) – shoot for the stars, right?

The car would back into a central docking point on the Halo 120 attachment, which would turn it into a jet airplane. The 120 would be powered by two Pratt and Whitney TF30-P-100 turbofan engines, delivering 17,900 lbf (79.6 kN) of thrust each, or 25,100 lbf (112 kN) with the afterburners engaged. It would have a maximum speed of Mach 2, a range of 4,200 miles (6,759 km) and a ceiling of 66,000 feet (20,117 m).

For those days when its billionaire users weren’t in such a hurry, the Interceptor would instead reverse into the Halo 46 attachment, which would allow it to function as a helicopter. The two front seat occupants would serve as pilots, while passengers in the back could simply enjoy the ride. It would have a top speed of 185 knots, a range of 450 nautical miles (833 km), and a ceiling of 15,000 feet (4,572 m).

Finally, when it was time to take to the water, the car would be driven forward into the back of the Halo 22 attachment. This would doubtless require some sort of specialized pier, which would mean that the car couldn’t disengage and drive around on the land wherever it stopped. It’s definitely reminiscent of the Strand Craft 122 luxury yacht concept, in which a custom car would be driven in and out of the boat via a rear ramp.

The double-hulled Halo 22 would have a forward double berth, a maximum speed of 55-63 knots, a cruising speed of 38 knots, and a range of 1,200 nautical miles (2,222 km).

“The Halo Intersceptor project is a roadmap for boundary pushing Auto Manufacturers to follow," says Pauley. "You will see a shift towards this type of design by all sports models within the next decade. Air space is going to become a very competitive place as the global road infrastructure starts to slow down.”

This would seem to put it somewhere between his not-likely-to-happen-but-it’s-still-a-good-idea Sub-Biosphere 2 underwater habitat concept, and his thoroughly-likely-to-see-production Bi Computing design.

About the Author
Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away. All articles by Ben Coxworth

How much?! :))

Dominic Nolze

Of all the dumb things I\'ve seen...

Rune Winsevik

That\'s the biggest load of BS I\'ve seen here!

Facebook User

The only person I see using(affording) this is 007 =_=\'

Facebook User

looks like hooey to me

Bill Bennett

This doesn\'t have much use - for the price of each attachment you could own something around the quality of the real deal.

Perhaps if you just really, really, really liked the dashboard of the car?

Joshua Smallwood

I was about to say. What a big load of non-sense! No interest at all : you cannot change mode \"on the go\", unless a real flying car, or unless a real amphibian. Better focus on Akoya plane from Lisa-Airplanes http://www.lisa-airplanes.com/fr/

Next time, don\'t wake me up untill there is a real multi-modal amphibian vessel nearby.

Ariel Dahan

New this year from RONCO BOAT,CAR,PLANE -A MATIC it slices and dices the occupant with a simple twist of the start key .. this sound like your tax dollars hard at work . don\'t it ?

Jay Finke

useless not even realistic. does the car motor drive the helicopter/boat/plane?

how does recepicating engine turn into a gas turbine for flight?

obviously a second engine is required every time into transforms why bother? it doesn\'t make any sense!

Mark Scope

you willl die before this is reality, orr make it yourself...

Daniel Plata Baca

While this isn't doable under likely any price because of the Mach 2 speed, now lithium batteries and composite, plus lightweight fueled engines, a lot of it could be.

The car/plane has been done several times as has the car/boat.

As a composites and boat, EV designer if you keep speeds to 150mph, 100mph helicopter mode, flying you could do it in multiple ways.

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