Hands up: How many of you would pay to plunge over the Falls in “The Daredevil”?
You can thank Charles Bombardier for this one…
Bombardier, best known as the World’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains, along with two designers, have a new idea in the works…
There is a proposal in the Globe & Mail’s Prototypes column from Charles Bombardier to construct a thrill boat ride entitled “The Daredevil”, in which it will allow a group of seven people (eight when you include the pilot) to plunge over the Niagara Falls in a craft that would be safely designed to manage the fall. He his proposing a vehicle made out of strong material (more than likely Kevlar fibre), that would have a highly-resistant transparent canopy on the top of the vehicle so that everyone can see clearly, plus a backup hatch under the hull. A drag anchor chute would slow it down, and not to worry — there will be shock-absorbing bumpers.
This is the challenge — to slow down the descent. Bombardier mentions that if there is no stabilizer, in conjunction with a semi-rigid parachute or drag anchor, the vehicle could plummet into the water at a speed of 200 km/h!!
I personally am going to sit this one out, but how many of you would give it a shot?
To read more about “The Daredevil”, along with an image concept from one of the designers, Boris Schwarzer, click here for the Globe & Mail story.