In recent years, street sledding has become less popular in Norway. Justin, also known as Garage Avenger, decided to take matters into his own hands and find a way to revitalize the activity for the modern era. His innovative idea was to equip a sled with powerful electric turbines that could quickly push passengers around on ice.
The sled Justin built was designed for child-sized passengers, so he replaced fuel-burning jet engines with electric motors that could spin their turbine blades at an impressive 80,000 rpm. Before assembly began, the antique sled needed to be refurbished. This included removing rust from the runners and reconditioning the wood. With a sturdy base 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 bring everything together.
Once complete, the powerful sled effortlessly reached speeds of up to 20-30 kph depending on passenger weight and size. To stop emergency situations, a brake was built on an old ice skate. The sled was an instant hit among everyone at the skating pond.
In addition to this innovative design, there are many other ways to spruce up old sleds. For example, one modification adds a suspension system for rocketing down unplowed roads. With these modifications and more creative ideas like Justin’s electric sled, street sledding can be made exciting again for both children and adults alike.