The jet luge was featured on the news for the fist time while i had it at an event i organised.
I am very please to announce that the Westmead Childrens hospital have come on board. i will be working hard to raise funds for this great cause. In risking mine, i hopefully can raise funds to help save many young lives.
Without the help of the Westmead Childrens Hospital many years ago i wouldn't be here today.
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, the largest paediatric centre in NSW Australia, is world-renowned for its high quality, specialised treatment of sick children.
Part of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, it provides specialist care for children from around Australia and across the Pacific Rim as well as community education, advocacy for improved child health and ground-breaking research into childhood illnesses, all in a positive, caring and healing environment.
Founded in 1880, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is a public hospital and registered charity, with 3,000 staff across 150 departments looking after 70,000 sick children and their families each year. This includes 29,000 inpatient admissions, 52,000 emergency department presentations and more than 960,000 outpatient visits.
The Hospital is home to the NSW Paediatric Burns Unit, the Paediatric Liver Transplant Unit, the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, the NSW Newborn Screening Service and National Poisons Information Centre, as well as the first Paediatric Tumour Bank in the southern hemisphere.
Research is one of the key ways in which the Hospital provides the highest standard of care to sick children and their families. The Kids Research Institute leads research into childhood diseases, resulting in significant advances in the treatment of cancer, obesity, kidney, heart and respiratory illnesses, diabetes and muscular dystrophy.
50% of all my donations and sponsorship received will go directly to the Westmead Childrens hospital. alternatively you can give directly to the hospital via the link on the logo above.
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But jetluge production does slow down after shoulder surgery. Yup! i have FINALLY had my left shoulder reconstructed, something i have actually needed for a while. this has slowed down my ability to build the jetluge, but it has not stopped me from doing small bits were i can.
With the great help of Andrew at Custom Carbon Components i have managed to get the board to a point of final mock up and i am ready to begin finalizing the top half of the board and start building the bottom aerodynamics.
While i have the engines out i will take this time to tighten up a few things on them with the help of Brett over at Ausjets and have them running amazingly when the board is ready to have them put back in.
In the mean time while i heal up, i am currently over in the United States in San Francisco meeting with a few people regarding the jetluge till the end of August.
i hope you enjoy the latest photos of the jetluge. make sure you head over to the Gallery to see the entire photo sets of the build as it progresses.
It has been a very busy couple of weeks for me here. between work, building the jet luge and organising a gravity event for October it equates to very little sleep and me running on pure adrenaline to keep going... and loving every second the jet luge gets a little closer to completion.
you can see below some of the latest pictures of the current state of the jet luge.
For those of you following everything, you would know i recently met up with an amazing couple over at Custom Carbon Components. You would also know they have decided to build me a better board. faster sleeker lighter.
There will be huge major changes to the setup of the board and a few minor changes. i will do my best to go over a couple in the photos below.
The first major change is going to be the overall length the last board measured in at 2380mm the new board measures in at 2998mm that's almost 3 meters. The width of the board is now 59.5mm just under the maximum allowance of 60cm for the Guinness world record.
One of the more minor changes is the wheels will still be set in the board in the same way. the only difference, i will be going back to the original three truck setup. that's three sets of wheels front and back.
The back end of the board will loosely follow the original design but with a few small changes. you will see when the board gets closer to completion what these are but it does entail formula one technology.
The board overall will be taking on a radical new look. it will be fitted and shaped perfectly to my body and then the aero built up around me. i am not allowed to be covered by any part of the board as per the Guinness rule book so we must make the air pass me as efficient as possible.
We then have to build up the foam so we have something to shape. this is the current shape of the board. we know. it's not that aero as of yet but it will be.
For those of you asking the big questions and wanting them right away. try heading over to the Custom Carbon Components facebook page and give'em a like. there you will find all the latest with what is happening with the jetluge. simply click on the cute little facebook button below
Your most definitely going to see some amazing things coming out of Custom Carbon Components factory in the next few weeks. with maybe even some surprises. but you're going to have to click on the like button on their page to find out.
A lady never reveals her weight... but a jet luge does. in the photos below the guys over at Custom Carbon Components have put the board on some very cool scales. the conclusion... we are going to put the board on a drastic diet. you will see that there are four pad. the weighs the front and back separately, as well as left to right side weights.
note the pads under each set of wheels to get the weight distrobutions for each side. and front and back.
note the weight differentials for each side as well as front and rear. not bad considering it was made in a shed being eyed in with a couple of beers.
you can see the total weight is 77.6kg this is with a tank of jet fuel but no batteries. so you can understand the massive amount of weight that i am needing to stop with my feet for the record.
we will be looking to drop this by over a third as well we will have a weight distribution of about 55% to 45% front to rear with rider on board.
i am open to hear what you think the weight distribution should be. and your thoughts on the boards design.
This is the biggest news to hit the jet luge camp since i started this adventure and i am so happy to be able to bring it to you.
Today marks the first day that with thanks to the guys at Custom Carbon Components the jet luge is getting a complete overhaul. what this means is we are working together to design and build an entire new jetluge out of carbon fibre. this new board will be completely purpose built and custom made from the ground up. it will be an amazing looking beast built with only two things in mind. stability and speed. with only a fraction of the weight of the current board this will allow for quicker acceleration and easier breaking. with a few ideas that have already been thrown around this board is going to be one crazy awesome thing to look at and watch.
Custom Carbon Components have had well over 12 years experience with using carbon composites in the racing arena and combined with some possible wind tunnel testing i feel i am going to be in good hands.
I also forgot to mention that Custom Carbon Components are actually a fantastic husband and wife team.
Andrew takes his first look at what is soon to be a completely new and wild looking board.
Above you will see Andrew letting the board know he is a friend, he approached cautiously as not to spook the board as he gently reassures it.
This is how great things a made. a hell of allot of visualising and sentences starting in "what if" and "how about we".
What busy bee's we have been indeed. unfortunately i had to miss out on a streetluge competition, but i believe the results are, and totally will be worth it. you see i had a choice to make recently. the choice was to finalize fittings, plumbing and wiring on the jet luge or head off to a gravity event. i only had enough money for one or the other. and in truth, not really enough for either haha. but as i keep telling myself i MUST do this. i MUST get it done. well judging by those of you who have already snuck a look at the photos. i chose to finalize the jetluge.
below is a good friend of mine Dave. he is the man with the magic that is also helping make my board a reality. he has done some amazing work with the fuel and gas lines and he is just as eager to get started on neatening up my mess of wiring. I can't thank him enough for what he is doing.
Dave himself owns an amazing little jet powered Daihatsu Charade. that's right, three cylinders wasn't enough so he put in a fighter jet engine with afterburner in it. check what it's like inside the car in the video at the bottom of this thread.
above you will see gone are the old braided lines. i loved them but for safety sake i don't want two metal tubes flapping next to my head at 300kph. besides these look neater and are lighter.
Those lines then run down to the back of the turbines and connect to the fuel pump. above you can see one of the afterburner pumps and the engines fuel line with the rubber hose connected.
we first connected the afterburner pumps and afterburners up. we thought it would be a little more problematic than it was. but it worked out great.
here you can see the afterburner pumps and afterburners fully connected. we now only have to run power to them and we have HUGE flames.
Above you can see very thing is now connected about 80% of the wiring will be gone as we have worked out a new way to run all systems on one battery. this will save weight and space, as well as making things much neater. that silver/grey tube cylinder in the middle sticking up is a one way valve for the dual gas lines for when i start the jets. i now simply attach a hose and release it once the turbines have gone through the preheat stage of start-up. it works amazingly.
As a special treat take a ride along with Dave and i as he fires up his Jet car at a recent event. he was a little reluctant to be on camera at first. i apologize in advance for the skinny view. this was before i realised i had to turn the camera sideways.