Zapata Racing Is Testing A New Hoverboard Design
It’s the closest thing to Marty Mcfly’s hoverboard yetby Robert Moore, on
If you’re into extreme toys, then you’re going to love this. Do you recognize the name Zapata Racing? Well if you don’t, I’m sure you remember all those videos that went viral of the hydro-powered flyboard. You know, the one that uses water to lift the board and its rider out of the water. The flyboard in that video eventually led to the creation of the Flyboard Pro Series, Flyboard Sport, the Hoverboard, and even a jetpack. Now, Zapata Racing is at it again.
With over three million views since its posting three weeks ago, the first test run for the all-new Flyboard Air has been drawing a lot of attention. What’s unique about this board, however, is that it doesn’t rely on water as part of the propulsion system. Instead, this thing uses air, and what it can do is absolutely amazing.
According to the information on the video, and the website, this thing has its own independent propulsion system that has been developed over the last four years. It can achieve autonomous flight up to an elevation of 10,000 feet, has a top speed of 93.2 mph and offers ten-minute autonomy. So in short, this thing is pretty much an airplane attached to your feet. The unit shown in the video is still in the prototype stage, and won’t be available this year, but it seems to work quite well.
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Why it matters
I have to say, this thing is pretty freaking cool. Hell, I thought all the hydro-propelled models were pretty cool, but this thing is raising the bar to another level. All the models before it required water to be used, but from the look of things, you’ll be able to launch this baby from your back yard.
It might not be as cool as Marty McFly’s hoverboard, but it beats the hell out of the “hoverboard” with wheels – you know, the ones always bursting into flames. It sounds like this thing as a jet turbine powering it, and with the way it is throwing water around underneath it, it looks like it too. You’ve got to hand it to Zapata Racing, it sure is an innovative group of people. Don’t you think?