Zapata’s went nearly 10 times farther than the previous record

Just recently, we reported that Zapata Racing was testing an according-to-Hoyle real hoverboard. In the video, we could see the pilot hovering and flying over water – just like on the hydro-powered boards that have become so popular in the past. The video itself went viral after being released and even took some criticism from people all around the world who thought the video was fake. Well, it isn’t and, in fact, recently broke a world record for the distance traveled on a hoverboard.

Just last year Calalin Alexandru Duru, a Canadian inventor that designed a propeller-based hoverboard traveled a total of 275.9 meters or just over 905 feet. Prior to Duru’s flight, the record was just 150 feet. Now, according to The Verge Franky Zapata of Zapata Racing has literally destroyed Duru’s record by traveling a total 2,252 meters or 7,388 feet – a distance that is nearly ten times the record set by Duru last year.

Pretty amazing right? Well, this is just the beginning. Zapata Racing admits that it is still in the development stage, but can fly as high as 10,000 feet and hit up to 93 mph. And, if that isn’t enough to impress you, in his interview with The Verge Zapata said “We have four engines inside, and the power is 250 horsepower each. It’s about 1,000 horsepower total.” Seriously? That’s more than a majority of supercars on the market right now.

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Why it Matters

It’s already pretty sweet that Zapata Racing has even made something that can achieve what its hoverboard does, but the fact that it is so compact is even more interesting. On top of that, it’s not even out of the prototype stage and is breaking records. For those of you still in doubt, all of the videos so far show Zapata hovering and zooming around over water – this is for safety reasons in case something goes wrong.

In the interview with The Verge Zapata also disclosed some more previously unknown information. For instance, the four RC jet turbines on the bottom are part of the primary propulsion system, but there are other turbines on the side to help with stability. Also, this baby runs on kerosene, which is stored in the Camelbak you can see him wearing in the videos. Furthermore, Zapata told The Verge that it is impossible to ride without having a minimum of 50 to 100 hours of time on the original hydro-powered flyboard. So, with that said, you better get yourself a flyboard if you hope to ever fly one of these bad boys. Surely, it is only a matter of time before it becomes the new rich man’s weekend toy.

Source: The Verge

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