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The Future of Street Sledding: Electric Turbines Bring New Thrills to the Old Pastime

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Feb 12, 2024
Incorporating Modern Technology into Sled Design

Justin, also known as Garage Avenger, has noticed a decline in the popularity of street sledding in Norway. In an effort to revitalize the activity for the modern era, he came up with an innovative idea: to equip a sled with powerful electric turbines that could quickly push passengers around the ice. The sled he chose was sized for child-sized passengers, so fuel-burning jet engines were replaced with electric motors that can spin their turbine blades at an impressive 80,000 rpm.

To bring his vision to life, Justin first refurbished the antique sled by removing rust from the runners and reconditioning the wood. He then added 3D printed cowlings for the turbines, a thumb throttle on the upgraded handlebars, and a big battery with an Arduino to power everything. With everything 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.

Justin’s creation was met with enthusiasm from everyone at the skating pond. It was a huge hit among children and adults alike. But there are plenty of other ways to spruce up old sleds too. For example, adding a suspension system can allow for faster travel down unplowed roads. With Justin’s innovative idea leading the way, it looks like street sledding is set to make a comeback in Norway.

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