Justin Capra, the original inventor of the jetpack and the 784 mpg car died yesterday at the age of 81.
We wrote a couple of articles on Justin Capra – most of his inventions have been focused on transportation. He usually said modern transportation has failed to reach its purpose:
“The automobile is a crime. The automobile hasn’t reached its purpose. The automobile’s has been designed to carry us. But it’s not transporting us, it’s transporting itself. A thousand kilos [2,200 lbs] to carry 78-80 kilograms [150-160lbs], and if we count in all the conversions, there’s 2 percent efficiency and 98% destruction of the atmosphere.”
Capra also said on his Facebook page he got threats from some car manufacturers in Romania (Dacia-Renault is the largest of them), whose brass told him that there’s a big mafia involved in car manufacturing, and that they’d need two years to build an assembly line for his ultra-efficient vehicle.
Rest in peace, maestro!