I thought about it for a while before writing the title of this post: I wasn't sure if "skateboard" was the right classification for this gadget called Ungoverned Vendetta.
A snowboard with a "sole" made of tracks? Sounds bad, come on. Settle for it: for me this is a tracked electric skateboard. How many did you know before? Before seeing the vehicle designed by designer Dan Baldwin I thought this stuff was only found on tanks.
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Company Ungoverned, based in Repton, Australia, launched Vendetta late last year and the video below shows just how extreme driving can be (warning: turn up the volume).
How is the Vendetta 'tracked' skateboard made?
Vendetta has a hinged center section and mountain bike suspension to help it climb and keep both tracks pressed to the ground in difficult terrain.
The increased surface area gives Vendetta plenty of room to deploy its power - the company says it has four times the contact surface of a typical dirt bike. Considering the geometry of the tires relative to the tread of the tank, I am inclined to believe it.
The fun crawler has a top speed of 50km / h (31mph) and can travel over a variety of terrains, from busy nature trails to wet sandy beaches. For use on snow or ice, there are interchangeable mounts in the front that can be swapped out for skis or blades. The company claims that the battery has a duration of 40 minutes, with a slot that allows you to double the duration by adding a second battery.
Curious, crawled as much as you want, but ...
I'm sure Vendetta didn't just get my attention. Many of you would jump on it, but we bet you will get off when I tell you the price? Friends, this crawler thing that looks like it came straight out of "Mad Max: Fury Road" costs the beauty of 7000 euros. At that price I'll buy a tank, come on.