The story behind the world’s fastest electric ski board
A world record electric ski-board shot a record-breaking speed of 534 kilometres per hour during an event on Saturday.
The electric board was the fastest ever powered by an electric motor at the ski resort of Vail, Colorado, and is powered by lithium-ion batteries that weigh less than two kilograms.
The event was part of the ski-boarding season at the Vail International Snowboard Center, which runs from June until November.
“It’s a real thrill to be able to race,” said Michael Litt, a Vail resident.
“It’s the kind of thing that’s going to keep you going for the rest of your life.”
Michael Litt with his brother, who was a passenger in the boat that took him to the ski area.
Photo: Peter BoonenIt’s been five years since Litt and his brother started skiing at the facility.
“They were super excited to be part of it,” he said.
“I think the ski industry is going through a renaissance.”
While the record speed is the longest run of speed in a single event, the Vails fastest run of the year was the 7:34.6 kilometre run by Ryan McNeil in March.
The Vail board is powered using lithium- ion batteries.
Photo/Peter Boonengen”I’m pretty sure it’s going faster than we’ve ever been able to go,” Litt said.
The record-setting run was achieved on a new battery, which weighed less than a gram.
“I know I’m probably going to get a lot of pushback from people who think it’s a stupid idea, but it is a very important innovation that can change the way we run,” he explained.
“We were all really excited about the idea, and now we’re all racing to see if it’s feasible to do it again.”
Litt and fellow competitor Ryan McNeill were also on board the boat to take part in the event.
“This is definitely the coolest thing,” McNeil said.
“That’s the closest thing to being on a ski board.
It’s like being on an airplane.”
The first Vail ski-boards were invented in 2003 by a team of researchers at the University of Colorado.
The world record was set in a competition hosted by the US Ski Team in 2013.
Vail ski board at Vail in 2015.
Photo by Peter BongenThe record speed was achieved in a race that was also held on the Valspar.
Valspar ski board is located about five kilometres outside of Vails ski resort, and uses a specially developed design to achieve the record distance.
“The idea is that it’s so light, you can just put it in your backpack and just go out there,” McNeill said.
There are many different electric skateboards on the market, ranging from the smaller to the larger, including the Bicyclocross, the Salsa and the Ripper.
However, the Bionic and the S2 are the fastest electric skateboard on the road.
The first Bionic, built in 2014, has a speed of 940 kilometres per hours.
The S2 is the fastest skater on the street.
Photo via Valsport, Valsper.
Velsport is the world-renowned indoor skiing facility in Valspruit, Australia.
The race was organised by Valspark, a partnership of the Vinsport Resort, the British ski resort company.
Vinspark, which also runs the Varsport Winter Ski, is the largest ski resort in Australia.
Vespa and the British resort company Velsport.
Vetsports are the two largest skaters in the world.