In Norway, street sledding has been a popular pastime for generations. However, as with many activities, its popularity is slowly dwindling. Justin, also known as Garage Avenger, noticed this trend and set out to 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 propel the sled and passengers around the ice.
The sled he chose was designed for child-sized passengers, so he replaced traditional fuel-burning jet engines with electric motors that spin their turbine blades at an impressive 80,000 rpm. To begin with, the antique sled needed to be refurbished. This included removing rust from the runners and reconditioning the wood. With a solid foundation in place, Justin got to work on adding new features to his creation.
He added 3D printed cowlings for the turbines, a thumb throttle on upgraded handlebars, and a big battery with an Arduino control system to bring everything together. Once everything was assembled and ready to go, Justin put his powerful sled through its paces at the local skating pond. It quickly became clear that his invention was a huge hit among everyone who tried it out.
Justin’s electric-powered sled was not only fast but also incredibly smooth and easy to control. The brake built into an old ice skate provided emergency stops when needed, making it safe for everyone on the ice. The success of his project inspired other enthusiasts to experiment with similar modifications on their own antique sleds