General Motors Engineers Experimented With Hovercrafts In The 1960s

These days, autonomous self-driving and electric propulsion are all the rage when it comes to the latest and greatest automotive technology. However, back in the ‘60s, the engineers over at General Motors were messing around with something a little more difficult to pin down – hovercrafts!

Per a post to the official General Motors Design Instagram feed, @generalmotorsdesign, these retro photos show one engineer absolutely loving his job. The man in question is Chuck Torner, who’s seen piloting the XP-791 “jet-scooter” in 1962, which appears to have dual air cushions mounted on either side of a single seat, and a single wheel in back.