Though the only range problems a leg-powered skateboard suffers are to do with the fitness of its rider, electric skateboards do offer the thrill of being able to take on a Corvette without the aid of bionic limbs, zip over dirt, grass or road without running out of puff, or even just get the adrenalin pumping on the way to work. For the last 3 years, an Australian design team has been working on a multi-purpose powered board called the BajaBoard, which boasts 12 kW (16 hp) of 4WD electric grunt, adjustable independent suspension and LED lighting at the front and back. The project has now headed to Kickstarter for the final push toward production.
Creating the BajaBoard monster mountainboard started as a hobby project back in 2011, looking for a way to squeeze speed, stability, agility, versatility, toughness and compactness into one skateboard. Four major design changes and two prototypes later and the designers reckon that it's ready for public consumption.
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