Rides on the hovercraft will be available to all contributors in multiple locations across the United States.
Mercier-Jones will be traveling with the working hovercraft to areas where a majority of our contributors live. IL, VA, MD, VT, OH and OK are on the list and we are likely to come to your state as well if you contribute!
Reviews Around the Web!
"...we just know it'll end up on Lake Havasu." Wired.com
"Sports car-inspired design aims to bring hovercraft into the 21st century" Gizmag.com
"It’s also, as you can see, stylish. That’s really the thing: this thing looks superb. It’s a crime it isn’t already in production." Guyism.com
"That's not your grandfather's hovercraft." Buzz:60
"...the prospects for the personal hovercraft look, to this reviewer, surprisingly good." Alphaleaks.com
"...one hopes that the gasoline-electric hybrid hovercraft goes beyond being just a pipedream." Newlaunches.com
"Mercier-Jones Sporty Hovercraft is simply amazing" Vehiclepassion.com
"Mercier-Jones sporty hovercraft looks awesome." "We truly hope they succeed!" Autoevolution.com
"...design tastes of the super sports car." Norway
"There's some R8 and "Transformers" in the design of this hovercraft." France
"...soon we will have even hybrid hovercraft." Greece
"...respectable of agent 007 or Batman." Slovenia
Special update for all contributors:
As the interest is spiking around the web, more and more of you are excited to one day soon be piloting your very own Mercier-Jones hovercraft. So, as an extra reward to those of you contributing to this campaign, we are now giving you two times your contribution amount as a credit towards your purchase of a Mercier-Jones hovercraft. That means a contribution of $5 gives you a $10 credit and $350 gives you a $700 credit towards your new ride! The credit is limited to an amount of $1,000. Thank you for your support!
Hovercraft Aren't (just) Science Fiction
Hovercraft are the most versatile of recreational vehicles, becuase they can travel over water and land in a variety of environments. Hovercraft travel on a cushion of air and literally hover right above the surface. This low level "flying" makes it possible to travel over grass, water, sand, ice, and many other terrain. Because they are traveling on air, there is very little friction to overcome, so recreational hovercraft can travel smoothly at speeds up to 40-60 miles per hour. Hovercraft can be piloted in lakes, ponds, rivers, beaches, fields, and in your back yard.
The automotive industry is filled with futuristic concept cars that inspire and intrigue us, but we never actually get to drive them because they are never manufactured. The technology of a hovercraft is both futuristic and intriguing, but the designs of current production models don't inspire the way they should. We are here to change that. Our concepts are the future of personal hovercraft, and it's time to start building them to make you the next pilot.
The core technology of hovercraft has been around for over 50 years, and it's time for an upgrade. We are pioneering the development of hovercraft that are quieter, easier to maneuver, and more environmentally friendly. Mercier-Jones hovercraft will allow you to hover without the need for earplugs, will offer steering and braking ability similar to a car, and fly-by-wire control on a gas-electric hybrid power train to unlock design potential. Our patent pending hovercraft directional control system allows fine tuned control in the forward, lateral and reverse directions. Independent control over each side of the thrust system enables advanced maneuvering for the pilot.
The hovercraft will employ state-of-the-art materials and components from the marine, automotive, and aerospace industries, but without the hefty price tag. By utilizing existing technologies and fabrication methods, we will be able to build vehicles that the general public can purchase and enjoy. Weight saving materials like aluminum and carbon fiber will give our hovercraft better performance characteristics and more stylish looks. We want every detail of a Mercier-Jones hovercraft to evoke quality and performance. We want the price tag to be within reach. Our goal is for our entry level hovercraft to cost $19,900 or less.
As an IndieGoGo.com backer you are essential for us to build fully functional versions of the hovercraft as you see them pictured here. Your contribution will fund the purchasing of components, materials, and equipment to build and test several vehicles that we will bring around the country for your enjoyment. Don’t get us wrong, Mercier-Jones has tools of our own, but with your help, we don’t have to be the only ones who get to enjoy what they can build. The ultimate reward for us will be safely piloting one of these incredible machines over land and water and bringing that experience to others; that's why every backer gets a ride! Your comments, feedback, and suggestions will also be invaluable for us to bring you the hovercraft that you have been waiting for.
Chris Jones is Michael Mercier's cousin but the two are practically brothers. Chris is a natural role model and a brilliant business mind who has always been interested in how companies enter the marketplace, offer products consumers want, become national or global competitors and everything in-between. He grew up with close ties to prominent businessmen in the state of Oklahoma and has always dreamed of one day owning his very own company. This led him to complete his degree in Business Administration, which only furthered his interest in the business world. Chris is also a car fanatic who has grown up admiring the automotive form, both functionally and aesthetically, so when Michael suggested they re-shape the face of the hovercraft industry by infusing modern automotive design, he was immediately committed.