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No hills required for this DIY electric air sled

No hills required for this DIY...
Peter Sripol slippin' and slidin' on his DIY electric air sled
Peter Sripol slippin' and slidin' on his DIY electric air sled
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Peter Sripol slippin' and slidin' on his DIY electric air sled
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Peter Sripol slippin' and slidin' on his DIY electric air sled
The Sripol air sled is controlled using a turn-by-wire rudder and wireless RC remote
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The Sripol air sled is controlled using a turn-by-wire rudder and wireless RC remote
The motor and prop used for Sripol's air sled came from his DIY electric ultralight aircraft, which he is in the process of giving more powerful motors
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The motor and prop used for Sripol's air sled came from his DIY electric ultralight aircraft, which he is in the process of giving more powerful motors
Peter Sripol custom cut the electric motor/prop mount, the metal support frame and the foam rudder to make his air sled
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Peter Sripol custom cut the electric motor/prop mount, the metal support frame and the foam rudder to make his air sled
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It's winter in Beaver Creek, Ohio, at the moment, and sub-zero temperatures mean liberal amounts of ice and snow. Kids may be heading for the hills for some sledding fun, but serial tinkerer Peter Sripol can aim for the flats with an electric sled that motors along using a propeller taken from his DIY electric aircraft.

We're no strangers to crazy home builds here at New Atlas, having previously featured frankly dangerous projects from the UK's Colin Furze, Sweden's Alex Borg and Australia's Chris Malloy (who is now developing his Hoverbike for the US Military). Sripol's credentials for membership of that elite club are impressive indeed, with previous examples of his skills demonstrated by a Winnebago electric skateboard, a hydro scooter and an electric ultralight aircraft.

And it's the latter that he's removed a HobbyKing 150cc-equivalent brushless electric motor to propel his latest build – the electric air sled.

The motor and prop used for Sripol's air sled came from his DIY electric ultralight aircraft, which he is in the process of giving more powerful motors
The motor and prop used for Sripol's air sled came from his DIY electric ultralight aircraft, which he is in the process of giving more powerful motors

The motor and prop were first seated in a custom-made wood and metal box, which was attached to a metal frame and secured to the rear of an off-the-shelf Terrain sled from KL Outdoor. Due to the bendy plastic floor of the sled creating some drag in snow, Sripol cut and fitted seating to help distribute his weight for a smoother ride.

A sheet foam rudder out back is controlled by wires attached to a metal shaft mounted in the center of the sled, while a wireless RC transmitter is used to adjust motor power via a receiver connected to a Turnigy dlux 250 A HV 14s 60 V electronic speed controller.

The project was then taken for test runs on the Beaver Creek snow and ice. Sripol hasn't revealed what batteries are used to power the motor, or how long he gets per charge, but he does say that the air sled is fast. Not exactly how fast, just that it's fast.

As is, this project should probably be filed in the "don't try this at home" category of DIY builds, but with the addition of some sort of cage over the prop it could be made a whole lot safer to ride. You can see some slippin' and slidin' fun, as well as build footage, in the video below.

Source: Peter Sripol

DIY Snow Air Sled

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7 comments
BrianK56
Good way to beat the winter blues.
Joshua Tulberg
I love following this dude's projects. So cool.
Bob
It would be fun to put some skate runners under it an get out on a frozen lake.
VincentWolf
better not crash and have your head into those fans---decapitation will result. Stupid to make a test vehicle with no fan protection.
PaleDale
I also sub to his YouTube channel, the guy is a mad genius!
christopher
No brakes. Where does the steering lever end up if you bump into anything?
bwana
Road safe!? NOT!!