Breaking the world record with jet-powered hoverboard
12 May 2016
Franky Zapata’s ‘Flyboard Air’, a jet-powered hoverboard, has broken world records by flying over a mile, nearly ten times further than previous competitors.
Certified by Guinness, the hoverboard travelled 2252m.
Zapata’s hoverboard is completely untethered and can fly up to approximately 10,000ft and hit 93mph. Four years in the making, the device runs on four 250 horsepower RC jet engines, according to The Verge. With no steering wheel, the user navigates by banking and shifting their body weight. The engine is controlled by a hand-held remote and powered with Jet A1 kerosene held in a backpack.
Zapata has already stated that he thinks the ‘Flyboard Air’ could be useful for government and security forces and a more advanced design would be easier to use for the general public.
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Video courtesy of Franky Zapata.