Don’t give up on your dreams of owning a hoverboard just yet. Franky Zapata has just broken the Guinness World Record for longest hoverboard flight, flying for a distance of 7,388 feet (2,252 metres).
Zapata, of Zapata Racing, absolutely smashed the previous record, which was set at 905 feet by Canadian engineer Catalin Alexandre Duru last year.
Zapata also maintained a much higher average altitude — about 100 feet (30 metres) — than Duru, who hovered at an average of 15 feet (4.5 metres) above the water.
How did he do this? By using his company’s Flyboard Air tech, which has been in development for over five years.
The Flyboard Air uses four 250-horsepower turboengines, and is fueled by A1 kerosene stored in a pack on Zapata’s back.
It has a top speed of 93 miles (150 kilometres) per hour and a top altitude of 10,000 feet (about 3 kilometres).
Why would anyone need to go that high on a hoverboard? Well, Zapata says his goal is to “ride the clouds”.
“Do like snowboarding in the power, but… in a cloud,” he says.
“If people are able to fly like this, they can be some kind of superhuman… they can help save people in this completely mad world.”
We don’t know about that. But we do know this looks like a heck of a lot of fun.
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