Citroen C3 Pluriel - Now A Car With Altitude

David Fish With The C3 Pluriel


As if five cars in one wasn’t clever enough, Citroen’s new C3 Pluriel convertible supermini has now learnt how to fly and later this month will attempt to become the world’s highest ever flying car by reaching an altitude of at least 5,000 ft.

The bizarre world record flight is being orchestrated by eccentric ‘high-flyer’ David Fish (29), who has masterminded the conversion of a standard production C3 Pluriel into the world’s first Civil Aviation Authority certified flying car.

Working to a gruelling schedule, in less than a month David and two specialist engineers have radically modified the car to replace a hot air balloon’s basket. All unnecessary weight has been removed - the only air conditioning system in David’s car will be the wind rushing past his face.

David Fish said, "The car is exactly how we want it for this record attempt. I’m confident we can fly this car and set a truly unique world record. I shall also have a heck of a lot of fun attempting it too." This will not be David’s first world record attempt having already been involved in the world’s highest bungee jump and the world’s highest pillow fight, suspended from a balloon at 5,500 ft.

While every effort has been made for the safety of the pilot and all those involved in the C3 Pluriel’s flying car record attempt, there are risks involved. After lifting off in ideal weather conditions if the climate changes during the record attempt, there’s every chance David could land back on earth with a bump.

Unlike the production version of the C3 Pluriel, David’s flying car will not have the added security of four airbags to help protect him!

Sponsored by Citroen UK, the world record flight will take off from Sibson airfield just outside of Peterborough during the week beginning 16 June, weather permitting.

Published 12 June 2003 Melanie Carter

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