Incorporating Modern Technology into Sled Design

Electrifying the Ice: How One Innovator Brought Sledding into the Modern Age

Old sledding in Norway is becoming less popular, but one man, Justin, decided to revitalize the activity for the modern era. He came up with a plan to equip sleds with powerful electric turbines that would quickly push passengers around the ice. For this project, he chose a child-sized sled and replaced fuel-burning jet engines with electric motors that spin their turbine blades at an impressive 80,000 rpm.

The antique sled needed to be refurbished before it could be used. Justin removed the rust from the runners and reconditioned the wood. Once everything was ready, he 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.

When everything was assembled and ready, Justin’s sled easily got its passengers up to speeds of 20-30 kph depending on weight and size. The sled had a brake built on an old ice skate for emergency stops and was a huge hit for everyone at the skating pond. Other ways to spruce up old sleds include adding suspensions for rocketing down unplowed roads.

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