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In pics: Ore checks out adventurer's flying car

Ore with British adventurer Neil Laughton

Meet Neil Laughton - the British adventurer who's about to set off on a very unusual expedition that'll see him soar over Africa in a flying car!

Pilot Neil Laughton with the flying car

Check it out - This Parajet Skycar can fly up to 70mph, speed along at up to 100mph on the roads and is even powered by environmentally-friendly fuel.

The Parajet Skycar

The 6,500km journey from London to Timbuktu, in West Africa, will see Neil flying across the Pyrenees near Andorra, over the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, above stretches of the Sahara desert and wherever else the road may run out.

Ore with the flying car's inventor Gilo Cardozo

The brains behind the souped-up sand buggy is 29-year-old inventor Gilo Cardozo - pictured here with Newsround's Ore. He said the car's a great toy to use in the countryside, but it's nowhere near ready for use in a city.

Pilot Neil Laughton with the flying car, surrounded by press

It takes just a couple of minutes to turn the car into an aircraft, which relies on a giant motor-fan and parachute to launch it into the air.

Ore in front of the truck that's used to transport the flying car

The car may be tiny, but check out the size of the truck for the Skycar - it makes Ore look tiny! Neil will be followed by a team of engineers and experts in case he gets into trouble.

Ore with the team mascot 'Brown dog'

But it's unlikely this pup, called Brown Dog, will be going along for the ride even though he's the team's unofficial mascot.