Franky Zapata Smashes World Hoverboard Record
French jet ski champion Franky Zapata, has set a new Guinness World Record for the farthest hoverboard flight smashing the old record by over 6,000 feet. This event took place over the weekend off the coast of Sausset-les-Pins in the South of France. Zapata was able to negotiate his hoverboard off of land and over the water for a total distance of 7,388 feet. This smashes the previous record of 905 feet set by Canadian inventor Calalin Duru late last year. Zapata claims that his hoverboard can fly as high as 10,000 and up to 93 mph. Franky Zapata’s company, Zapata Racing, recently stated in an interview that the hoverboard consists of four jet engines that are each capable of producing 250 hp for a combined power output of 1,000 hp. “That’s more than a majority of supercars on the market right now,” Zapata recently stated.
Zapata Racing has developed a wide variety of water-propelled devices including the original Flyboard that attaches to a personal watercraft such as a jet ski through the use of a long hose. What makes this latest achievement so extraordinary is that the latest version of this design operates independently of any land based watercraft. The Flyboard Air operates from four RC jet turbines that are located on the bottom of the board and act as the primary propulsion system. The Flyboard Air uses additional turbines on the side of the board to assist with stability. Those that are looking to get their hands on a Flyboard Air will need to log a minimum of 100 hours on the original Flyboard before being able to purchase the latest hoverboard. While the fact that both the Flyboard and the Flyboard Air were tested over water has lead to some confusion and even disbelief, it is important to keep in mind that Zapata chose a water route for the Flyboard Air as a safety precaution.