MAY 01, 2016 5:44 PM PDT

New World Record Set for Distance Traveled by Hoverboard

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Hoverboard technology continues to evolve, just as is the revolution of drone technology. The idea behind gravity-defying transportation machines is slowly getting refined, and hobbyists are finding ways to improve on them.
 
One French man, a jet ski champion by the name of Franky Zapata, has reportedly set a new world record for the distance traveled by way of hoverboard. Guinness World Records was present to confirm the spectacular world-record event.
 

Franky Zapata has set a new distance travelled record by hoverboard.


Traveling a distance measuring 7,388 feet, Zapata shattered the record set by Canadian hoverboard hobbyist Catalin Alexandru Duru of just over 905 feet just last year.
 
Zapata attempted his maneuver over a body of water for safety reasons, as he was followed closely by a fleet of boats containing the officials that would track the distance traveled.
 
His distance from the ground was some 50 meters high, although the hoverboard he was using can reportedly zip up as high as 10,000 feet. The top sustained speed of this hoverboard is approximately 93 miles per hour.
 
Zapata’s jet ski experience undoubtedly helped him to maneuver himself on the hovering craft better than the average human being, but nevertheless it’s a new record set for the category of hoverboard distance traveled.
 

 
The times of Marty McFly are slowly closing in as the future of hoverboard technology continues to advance. As battery technology gets better and engineers put their minds together to make lighter and more efficient designs, these could one day become everyday sports around the world just like land-based counterparts.

Source: Guiness World Records

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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