Photos: A car flight from London to Timbuktu

Two British adventurers are embarking on a 42-day journey by land and sea in what they're calling the "world's first bio-fueled flying car."

Two British adventurers are about to head off on a 3,600-mile maiden voyage that could well give new life to the phrase "from here to Timbuktu." They'll be traveling alternately by land and sea in what they're calling the "world's first bio-fueled flying car"--the Parajet Skycar, which is essentially a dune buggy with a fan motor and paragliding wing attached.

Pilot Neil Laughton plans to leave from London Wednesday and journey through France, Spain, Morocco, the Western Sahara, Mauritania, and Mali, returning home via Senegal. Joining him for part of the journey will be engineer Gilo Cardozo, who created the two-seat, road-legal vehicle. The Skycar will be accompanied by a team of overland adventurers in all-terrain vehicles carrying fuel and supplies.

Have a look at the gallery below for more details on this crazy car, which has a take-off speed of 60 mph, and in flying mode, supposedly can hit a cruising altitude of 2,000 to 3,000 feet and a maximum altitude of 15,000 feet.

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