In Norway, street sledding is a popular pastime that has been enjoyed for generations. However, the popularity of this activity is slowly declining. Justin, also known as Garage Avenger, noticed this trend and wanted to find a way to revitalize it for the modern era. His idea was to equip a sled with powerful electric turbines that could quickly push the sled and its passengers around the ice.
Justin’s sled is designed for child-sized passengers, so he replaced traditional fuel-burning jet engines with electric motors that can spin their turbine blades at an impressive 80,000 rpm. The antique sled first needed to be refurbished, including removing rust from the runners and reconditioning the wood. Once everything was ready to go, Justin added 3D printed cowlings for the turbines, a thumb throttle on the upgraded handlebars, and a big battery with an Arduino to bring it all together.
With its sturdy base and upgraded features, Justin’s sled easily gets its passengers up to speeds of 20-30 kph depending on weight and size. It also has a brake built on an old ice skate for emergency stops. The sled was well received by everyone at the skating pond and sparked interest in other ways to spruce up old sleds. One example is adding a suspension system for rocketing down unplowed roads.
Overall, Justin’s innovative approach to street sledding has helped breathe new life into this classic activity while also incorporating modern technology into it. With more people looking for unique experiences and adventures in winter sports, his idea could be a game changer in how we enjoy these activities in the future.