The Horus hoverbike is a new kind of light sport aircraft that would combine the freedom of flying and the pleasure of riding a superbike, allowing a single pilot to experience a new and unique way of riding a powersport vehicle.
The idea for the Horus hoverbike came from the hoverbike built by Chris Malloy in 2015. This year, engineering students at the University of Sherbrooke saw in it, an opportunity to create a new kind of motorized sport, and thus they formed a team named ‘Horus’ composed of 13 mechanical engineering students whose goal was to build a prototype. Imaginactive sponsored their initiative with its design expertise. (visit their website).
How It Works
The Horus hoverbike will be controlled by 4 main components: a combustion engine, two propellers, six deflectors, and lateral thrusters. The 120 kW (160 hp) Rotax engine will transmit its power to a shaft made of carbon fiber which will be linked to two 1.6-meter diameter propellers. Those propellers will generate the liftoff thrust and will be protected by two ducts and a net around them to ensure the safety of the pilot.
To control the roll, pitch, yaw and altitude, six deflectors will be used per propeller. The ones in the center will reduce the thrust efficiency of the propellers to control the altitude and the pitch of the vehicle. The last two deflectors at the extremities of the ducts will be used to control the roll and yaw. Using those deflectors will help the pilot control the hoverbike with greater agility.
The last component is the lateral thrusters. They will be optional on the vehicle, but they will provide a significant boost in forward speed. A light thermal engine of 12 kW (16 hp) will be linked to those thrusters to generate the additional power needed. At the end of those thrusters will be two small deflectors that will control the yaw at high speed. Those thrusters will act as turbochargers and will give the pilot the ability to ride the hoverbike like a flying superbike.
What It’s Used For
The use for the Horus is purely recreative. Like a Lamborghini or a Bugatti, this vehicle is just for thrills. Moreover, with the ability to fly it anywhere, this new kind of light sport aircraft will make it possible to develop a whole new market for powersports fans.
The Horus concept was imagined in July 2017 by Charles Bombardier and designed by Martin Rico. Martin lives near Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied Design at the University of Buenos Aires and now works as a Freelance Industrial Designer. Martin also designed the Winston political robot and the Alumaïd space station.