This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time, the perfect toy for anyone who loves snowboarding, skateboarding, or off-roading adventures. Motor-powered vehicles don’t get any lighter than this.
Scarpar, an Australian company, is trying to develop “the next powersports vehicle category.” Based on the videos of the prototype, I’d say they’re well on their way. This board has a powerful 6-horsepower, 80cc engine that lets you cruise over snow, sand, grass, gravel, or just about any other off-road surface except water. It can go uphill or downhill, and even navigate logs that lie across the path. A handheld controller handles acceleration and braking, and it will be able to go about 20 miles on a single tank.
The device is still being developed, so you can’t buy it yet, but their engineers estimate it will cost somewhere between $2,000 and $3,000. They think it will be available sometime in 2010, although they’re having trouble raising enough capital to really stay on schedule. If you’re interested in learning more, check out their forum or sign up to receive updates via email.
I can’t wait to get my hands on this toy. I just hope they’ll make it light enough to strap on your back for some serious outdoor adventures. Right now, the engineers are saying it will be a little too heavy for that, and that they’re focusing on safety and reliability more than weight. But they still have a year to fiddle with making it more lightweight, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed.