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Electrifying the Ice: Reviving Street Sledding with Technology


Feb 12, 2024
Incorporating Modern Technology into Sled Design

As a journalist, I’d like to start by saying that street sledding is a beloved pastime in Norway. However, its popularity has been steadily declining over the years. This trend did not go unnoticed by Justin, a man known as Garage Avenger, who wanted to find a way to revive the activity for the modern era. His idea was simple yet innovative: equip sleds with powerful electric turbines that could propel them quickly around the ice.

The sled he chose was built for child-sized passengers, and so he replaced fuel-burning jet engines with electric motors that could spin their turbine blades at an impressive 80,000 rpm. The antique sled needed some refurbishing first – removing rust from the runners and reconditioning the wood. Once everything was in place, Justin added 3D printed cowlings for the turbines, a thumb throttle on the upgraded handlebars, and a big battery with an Arduino to control it all.

Once assembled and ready to go, the powerful sled easily got its passengers up to speeds of 20-30 kph depending on passenger weight and size. It also had a brake built on an old ice skate for emergency stops. The result? A huge hit at the skating pond!

But this is just one example of how old sleds can be spruced up with new technology. There are plenty of other ways to do so – such as adding a suspension for rocketing down unplowed roads. Overall, street sledding may be declining in popularity but there are still plenty of creative ways to bring it back into fashion!

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