• 01.25.12

Design Fantasy: A Magic, Morphing Car That Drives! Flies! Swims! [Video]

The Halo Intersceptor: The hybrid vehicle of the future?


The Halo Intersceptor is pure idle fancy — a 311-mile-per-hour-max concept car that can morph into a jet, a helicopter, or a boat; all you’ve gotta do is slip on some extra parts and poof! The awesomely mad idea of U.K. concept designer Philip Pauley, this thing makes James Bond’s ride look like a Mirthmobile.

The Halo Intersceptor is part Doc Brown-edition flying DeLorean, part Centauri’s car from The Last Starfighter, part Kanye wet dream and works like a Transformer. You’ve got the base component — the car cockpit (or the “Intersceptor?), which the press materials describe as ?a four seater USB stick that is designed to outperform any other private vehicle on earth.” It’ll go from 0 to 62 in 2.3 seconds and has a range of 700 miles. (Lightspeed hyperdrive optional?) Also, check the gull-wing doors.

From there, you can throw on one of three “Halo” attachments. The Halo 120 turns the vehicle into a hot little private jet that climbs 25,890 feet a minute and has the martial good looks of a tomcat.


The Halo 46 is a helicopter that seats four (two pilots and two passengers).

And the Halo 22 is a 36-foot-long powerboat with a race-bred double hull and an engine you can throttle up to 63 knots — pretty fast for something with a car stuck on the stern.


Obviously, the Halo Intersceptor isn’t hitting auto dealerships anytime soon. The details of how you’d attach all the parts are murky, and something this complex is bound be prohibitively expensive. Still, Pauley insists it has a point beyond making every guy with a Pop Sci subscription foam at the mouth (or winding up in the next Bond film). “The Halo Intersceptor project is a roadmap for boundary pushing Auto Manufacturers to follow,” he writes. “You will see a shift towards this type of design by all sports models within the next decade.” Taking notes, Detroit?

[Images courtesy of Philip Pauley Interactive]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.