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Iron Man-style jet suit racing set to take flight in 2019
Forget cars, bikes and boats. Next year "Iron Man"-style jet suits will be the new vehicle to race in. The British creator of the jet engine-powered suit that allows you to take flight said he would launch a new racing series over water next year featuring men and women from different sporting backgrounds. "The idea of ... a race around a kind of air race circuit, in three dimensions with 1,000 horse-power jet suits, it's going to be astounding and phenomenal," inventor Richard Browning told Reuters Television at a former air base where his company is training future jet suit pilots and customers. The suit, which has a record speed of 32 miles per hour (51 kph), is made up of five miniature jet engines mounted on the pilot's arms and back and is reminiscent of the one worn by Robert Downey Jr in the Marvel superhero "Iron Man" film trilogy. "We've got everything, as seemingly crazy sounding as live broadcast from VR heads up display so the consumer can sit at home actually onboard with their national ex trampoline champion in China who is also now raising in a jetsuit in Hong Kong harbour and they'll be live, they are seeing what they are seeing, be able to look behind them and see the pilots behind them," said Browning. "And if you don't think that's crazy enough, we've work with quite a few cryptocurrency people as well, even the Drapers, they are actually shareholders in our company as well and very big in cryptocurrency. How do you fancy cryptocurrency betting whilst you're live onboard with one of the pilots? I mean the ideas and opportunities that are slotting into our journey are just kind of just mindblowing," he added. Browning, a former commodities trader who first developed the suit in his garage with friends around three years ago, put the jet suit on sale in a London department store in July with a 340,000 pounds ($443,360) price tag.