About Vortex
Mistral 'R'
Mistral R Photos
Vortex 7+

  The Mistral R is now part of our standard product range, it is a development of our successful Mistral craft, having the same basic layout with the ‘cabin/deck  area’ being the same. However behind the rear row of seats is a duct box housing a 650mm lift fan , this air is ducted out in the same way as our Vortex7 craft.

This fan is powered by a Briggs & Stratton 28hp Horizontal shaft engine. All the engineering components are behind the rear set of seats leaving the ‘cabin/deck area’ clear for operations. At Vortex we avoid putting lift engines at the front of the craft, no matter how well they are shielded water can always find its way into the fan/engine assembly causing break downs and failures. By putting all machinery behind the occupants not only is it safer but also quieter during operation.
This craft was originally produced as a military prototype, whilst there are some advantages in having a twin engined craft in very arduous conditions these operating conditions are rare. The key advantage of this craft is that the performance is very high, with 28hp engine providing full lift the 80hp thrust engine is just being used for performance and as such it is as quick as our F2 racing craft.

We have found that with this craft (along with our twin engined Sirocco), when traveling at speed on smooth surfaces such, as wet sand, that when releasing the thrust throttle the craft continues to travel at almost the same speed, which is good but slowing down without brakes is  ‘fun’!!

On a serious note it does have an excellent role in the search and rescue environment due to its slow speed maneuverability.