The other night on BBC's Top Gear, the boys turned a Reliant Robin, a post-war three wheeled vehicle, into a space shuttle. My father in law had a Reliant Robin and they looked like they would fall over just sitting on the side of the road, let alone fly.
This was a major mechanical engineering project. This thing has real solid fuel boosters and that is real liquid fuel thrust coming out of the back of the car. The end result though is both hilarious and awe inspiring.
If you can't see it in the blog, find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw5SHleYB5s
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