Zapata Racing’s Flyboard Air may still be in the testing stages, but it’s definitely closer to the concept of a hoverboard than the self-balancing skateboards that rely on wheels and batteries to move.
The Flyboard Air is Zapata’s latest creation, following in the footsteps of the water-powered Flyboards and Jetpacks the company has made in the past. Using what appears to be a jet turbine engine, the Air is supposedly able to achieve a maximum altitude of 10,000 feet, a top speed of 93 mph, and fly continuously for about 10 minutes.
After years of work, Franky Zapata gives the board its first test run in the video above, and stays relatively low to the ground, just in case something goes wrong with the prototype. He rides the Air over a large body of water for 3.5 minutes, and at a safe speed of 55 kmh, or 34 mph.
According to the company, the Flyboard Air won’t be mass produced and sold this year, but anyone interested in it can still check out the rest of the Flyboard Pro series, as both products have similar functions and behaviors.
By Kyree Leary