This Heavy-Duty Hovercraft Is the Ultimate All-Terrain Joy Ride - Maxim

This Heavy-Duty Hovercraft Is the Ultimate All-Terrain Joy Ride

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The Renegade hovercraft goes wherever you want (Photo: Universal Hovercraft of America)

The Renegade hovercraft goes wherever you want (Photo: Universal Hovercraft of America)

What weighs 359 pounds and goes wherever it damn pleases? No, not The Mountain from Game of Thrones. (He's actually 60 pounds heavier.) We were thinking of the carbon kevlar reinforced Renegade IQC hovercraft.

Floating seven inches off the ground—or water or ice or whatever flat surface you desire—it cruises at a steady 30 MPH and can top out at 50 MPH. That gives you a range of about 150 miles and roughly 4 1/2 hours of fun.

It cruises at 30 MPH with a 50 MPH top end (Photo: Universal Hovercraft of America)

It cruises at 30 MPH with a 50 MPH top end (Photo: Universal Hovercraft of America)

As you can see in this video and the one below, it looks like the most fun personal craft you can easily drive and take anywhere.

Thirty-five horses and an 1,100mm thrust duct are what keep you and a passenger going, with just a small but strategically shaped windshield protecting you from swallowing bugs while continuously grinning from ear to ear.

A carbon kevlar reinforced body makes it sturdy (Photo: Universal Hovercraft of America)

A carbon kevlar reinforced body makes the IQC model extra sturdy (Photo: Universal Hovercraft of America)

For what it's worth, the Renegade IQ ($32,000) is what's predominantly shown in the images and videos. The IQC model ($34,000) adds that heavy-duty shell—great either for rental units or if you just really like to beat on the thing.

Hey, which way to the Star Wars cantina from here? (Photo: Universal Hovercraft of America)

Hey, which way to the Star Wars cantina from here? (Photo: Universal Hovercraft of America)

The higher end version also features such amenities as an LED headlight for evening maneuvers, plus USB charging for your devices, a rear-view mirror to see what you just went over.