And Now We've Seen it All: Flying Cars and a Mustang Shelby GT500 Shooting Brake

By Matthew Askari | November 02, 2013
What looks like part-insect and part derby car is actually "the next generation in the small, elite segment of light sport aviation." Clearly, I don't get out enough. Apparently Shreveport, Louisiana-based SkyRunner makes actual sky-runners. The 926-pound all-terrain flying car will boast several advantages, aside from the whole flying thing.
"Airports are not required with the SkyRunner," said Stewart Hamel, the company's founder and CEO. "Open fields, grass strips, and secluded beaches will be the runways of choice." Hamel also said 98 percent of U.S. airspace is open to light sport pilots.
The all-terrain vehicle can accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds, using a 1.0-liter EcoBoost turbo engine. The SkyRunner boasts a top speed of 115 mph on the ground, and 55 mph in the air. The company claims 12 hours of flight with a certified flight instructor over the course of a few days is all it takes to obtain a license. A regular driver's license is also required, and applicants must be at least 17 years of age (kids, save your fake IDs for other things, please).
Mustang Shelby GT500 Shooting Brake It sounds ridiculous, and by ridiculous, we mean awesome. Strand Craft, better known for building yachts, has designed a rendering of a shooting brake (or coupe-wagon in non-silly terms) of what it intends to be a one-off Mustang. The Mustang Shelby GT500 Shooting Brake will keep the GT500's 5.8-liter V-8 engine, but this one will crank out 850 horsepower, because a mid-600s hp figure is clearly not sufficient. While this will obviously cost a fair penny, we'd love to see a limited run of a more pedestrian (read: accessible) Mustang Shooting Brake. Needless to say, we're fans of the style. Source: SkyRunner, Strand Craft