Nereus Kite-Powered Water Pod Racer Can Dive

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The Nereus is a kite-powered watercraft which looks like the product of an orgy between a hammerhead, a manta ray, a Japanese bike and a Storm Trooper. Inspired by kite-surfing, the designers of this water pod racer say that it will "achieve relatively high speeds on and under water." We don't know how high speed diving can be possible with the sea dragging you, but we know how you make it work.

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Illustration for article titled Nereus Kite-Powered Water Pod Racer Can Dive
Illustration for article titled Nereus Kite-Powered Water Pod Racer Can Dive
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Illustration for article titled Nereus Kite-Powered Water Pod Racer Can Dive
Illustration for article titled Nereus Kite-Powered Water Pod Racer Can Dive

According to them, you would be able to control the Nereus by just turning the handlebars, like using any bike. The handlebars are attached with strings to the kite, employing the same principles used in kite-surfing. To dive, you only have to push down, and the Nereus will dive for a few seconds before emerging again because of the kite dragging it out of the water. Sounds crazy, and we want one. [Behance]

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As a kitesurfer, I think this is missing some practicality. Kiteboards and the kites that power them are designed to ride across the wind. The handle bars and sitting style on this thing are oriented in a way that only allow for going mostly down wind. Going across the wind also requires a significant crosswind fin or edge. This thing is designed to plane while having power pull it from the front. In a real kiting scenario, the pull would be downwind from the side as the craft rides across the wind. With no crosswind edge to brace against that pull (and also generate the crosswind propulsion), this thing would just flip over and get dragged downwind.

Sorry, it's cool looking, but fail. I'd like to see videos of someone trying it out, though. That would be good for a laugh.