Go 'Back to the Future' With a Hand-Built DeLorean Hovercraft

Where you're going, you won't need roads.
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As far as anyone knows, there is just one DeLorean Hovercraft in the world. That it exists at all is pretty damn cool, but it's also currently up for sale on eBay for $45,000

The lucky buyer gets an amazing grown-up toy that looks like it came straight out of the 1985 hit sci-fi comedy Back to the Future and contributes to a great cause in the bargain. Ten percent of the money will go to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research.

As creator and owner Matt Riese takes pains to note on the eBay listing, this isn't just "a Delorean bolted onto a hovercraft." He created it from scratch, tested it, drove it around San Francisco Bay for years, and he's become a kind of local celeb as a result.

Video of Riese putting the DeLorean through its paces should be all that's needed to at least covet this thing. It isn't just fun, either—it appears to be well-built and durable. 

Here's Riese's description of what the buyer will get:

The Hovercraft is based on the blueprints for the Universal Hovercraft UH-13PT. The basic shape of the hull, skirt, and fan ducts come from those blueprints, but pretty much everything else is customized. The Delorean body is made out of styrofoam wrapped in fiberglass and painted with metallic paint. The 36” thrust fan is powered by a 23hp Briggs & Stratton Vanguard riding lawnmower-style engine.

The 24” lift fan is powered by a B&S 875 Professional series push mower engine. The hull of the craft hovers about 6-8 inches over the surface, and can hover over anything relatively flat: land, water, ice, snow, sand, asphalt, etc. The top speed with the current thrust configuration is 31 mph on the water in good conditions.

The top speed doesn't look that impressive on the screen, but it's obvious from Riese's footage that it feels like you're zipping along at almost 88 mph. 

The land version

The land version

Riese calls his hovercraft "a functional work of art," but real DeLoreans aren't just museum pieces. A new model is due sometime in 2019, for a little over twice the price of the hovercraft.

Until those are available, though, there's at least one way to zip around like you're fleeing the Libyans, and as Doc Brown said to Marty McFly, "Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads."