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.