French flier crosses Channel in drifting car

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PARIS A French commander crossed a English Channel on Wednesday in a drifting automobile that looks partial dune buggy, partial paraglider.

Under a transparent blue sky, Bruno Vezzoli launched his drifting appurtenance down an deserted wartime runway nearby Calais, lurching from side to side as he solemnly gained altitude dangling underneath a hulk canopy.

“I would contend that a biggest risk, usually like with any engine-powered machine, would be a breakdown,” Vezzoli told Reuters TV as he done his pre take-off checks. “Usually we land on a ground, though in this box we would have to do a sea-landing.”

Vezzoli landed safely 59 km (36 miles) away, nearby a English pier city of Dover.

Named “Pegasus” – a swift equine in Greek mythology – a drifting automobile is a brainchild of Jerome Dauffy, an businessman desirous by early aviators such as Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont and Frenchman Louis Bleriot who done a initial moody opposite a Channel in 1909.

“The automotive and aeronautic industries were innate around a century ago and it’s usually now that we are handling to mix a dual modes,” Dauffy said.

Dauffy’s initial aspiration had been to build a drifting appurtenance that could transport turn a universe in 80 days.

(Reporting by Reuters TV; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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