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Hi Ryan.

The Delorean Hovercraft project could easily have succeeded, with 
either the "put the delorean panels on the hovercraft" or the "make 
the entire car float, frame and all" approach.  If you do the math to 
calculate how much pressure is needed for each method, you'll 
probably be a believer, but if you aren't at that point, nothing I 
say will convince you. You don't have to be a hovercraft expert to 
work it out.  They are relatively simple machines.
The pressure needed to lift either configuration is well within the 
capacity of the engine used to generate, and well within the capacity 
of the skirt to endure.  

But who cares?  It didn't succeed, and that's that.  There's no point 
Monday-morning-quarterbacking it.  Personally, I think it came out 
more interesting and memorable the way it went down, though I can't 
possibly be objective.  

Your comment that you could have told me it wouldn't have succeeded 
in the first 30 seconds is unnecessarily insulting to a number of 
people, as well as technically unfounded.  I'm sorry, but you are 
just plain wrong, in exactly the same way that the people who 
said "mankind can't fly", "mankind can't build a ship to go to the 
moon", "mankind can't swim underwater", people can't possibly live 
longer than 30 years", "it's impossible to break the sound 
barrier", "you can't travel around the world without falling off" and 
so on...

No hard feelings.


> Rick,
> I could have told you it wouldn't have succeeded in the first 30
> seconds. Why didn't they get a hovercraft expert on the show?
> I am by no means an expert myself, but I know enough about 
> design & operation principles. The show took a hovercraft with a few
> hundred pound payload and tried to make it left a couple thousand
> pounds of weight. Jesse should have know there was no way in hell 
> was going to work. That little snowmobile engine never had a chance.
> The PRV might -- MIGHT -- have provided enough lift, given the 
> engineering, to actually carry the car over various terrain. A
> secondary thrust engine mounted above the PRV and this could have 
> a mild success.
> Rich had the right idea with his conversion, as did all of you 
> Jesse) on the show: Stick the DeLorean's panels on the hovercraft.
> Unfortunately, we all know what happened with that idea - the only
> feasible one given what you had to work with.
> There are people - real experts - who could have made the whole car
> fly. Whether it could be done under the circumstances the show
> dictates, who knows. Given the proper preparation beforehand, I
> believe it could have been.
> -Ryan

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