I’ve spent the past two years developing a prototype 4WD electric board with the intention of going into small scale production for the REAL fanatics out there. This is the kind of board you would ride around when you can’t be bothered driving out to the hills and want an instant adrenaline fix in your local neighbourhood. Was really loving the faces I was getting pinning it at 90+kmph through suburbia with people pushing prams and walking their dogs!
I aimed to make the ride feel as close to downhill skateboarding as possible and I think I’ve come pretty close. I also aimed to make it as safe as possible on the open road, and luckily touch wood I haven’t crashed the thing yet. I have also ridden this board down hills in Perth and this creates a whole new way of riding which I’m super excited about, being able to apply brakes just changes the game!
This was not aimed at entry level riders however on the lowest torque setting it’s actually surprisingly easy to ride and I’ve had many friends who aren’t skaters ride it around the block with ease. Open/high torque setting is a totally different world as I’m sure many of you are aware riding high torque machines. With this much torque I set the positive and negative ramping time quite high and this makes the board A LOT safer to use. The brakes are also a huge safety feature, with 4 motors in braking, the amount of braking force that you can produce is awesome which has already got me out of some sticky situations with cars, high negative ramping time is SAFE in this instance but also a personal preference.
FastBoard. Yeah I know it’s basic but it’s simple and I like it, the board goes fast.
I have started to develop a more moderate 2WD version also.
I come from a downhill skateboarding background and enjoy riding at what most would consider very high speeds. I also studied mechanical engineering.
I’m based in Perth, Western Australia. Here are the general details of the board:
Power: 10kW 4WD direct drive configuration. Top speed: somewhere 120kmph+, have clocked it at 107kmph so far, need to test on a smoother road. The board has so much torque the front wheels lift off and spin because I’m forced to hold the front of the board whilst accelerating.
32 inch wheel base, 46 degree front plate, 38 degree rear plate.
Would like to test it on some racetracks and get some serious racing off the ground! Just going to have to see how deep the rabbit hole goes!
I’ll keep posting as things progress.
I’f you have questions, ask away! But I won’t be releasing any design detail on the prototype. Still a long way to go.