Rudy Heeman, like most mechanics, likes to tinker in his spare time. Not content to wrench on cars or bikes, the New Zealander prefers to build hovercraft. His latest invention (currently up for auction at the New Zealand site, Trade Me) is dubbed the W.I.G, short for Wing In Ground Effect. Why call it that? Because, with the wings affixed it becomes an airplane at speeds above 44 miles per hour. Designed for low altitude flight only (below 10 feet), the W.I.G. does not require a pilot’s license, at least in New Zealand. Powered by a 1.8 liter Subaru motor, the craft has a range of about 140 miles at a flight speed of 55 miles per hour.
Want it? You have until March 13 to bid, but the price is already at the equivalent of U.S. $24,400.00. The sale price includes flying lessons from the owner, and one big-ass liability waiver.