This is more non-gaming news, but Zapata Racing just released a test flight video for their jet-powered hoverboard called the Flyboard. It’s literally a hoverboard that flies in the air and runs on a fuel fed through a backpack on the wearer. The test flight video they released looks extremely impressive, but that hasn’t stopped a good deal of people from thinking the whole thing is a hoax.
Blues spotted the video that was recently posted up on the Zapata Racing YouTube channel over the weekend. The video clocks in at two and a half minutes and features Franky Zapata’s flying hoverboard in action. You can check it out below.
It’s definitely a lot more… aggressive than the hoverboards from Back to the Future II. However, if this ever became a real product it would make travel a lot quicker so long as you weren’t traveling far.
As noted by sites like The Independent, the board can fly up to 10,000 feet into the air with 10 minutes of full use and a top speed of 150km/h. They also note that Zapata isn’t new to the aerial transporation arena. Some of you might remember Zapata’s water-powered hoverboard that he created previously. Here’s a video as a gentle reminder.
Despite the video evidence some people were quick to yell “Fake!”. It’s a common thread from those on the YouTube page, news articles and even on the official Zapata Racing Facebook page.
People like heat bill stated that what was on display in the video above was not physically possible, writing…
“What, another f–king video showing the same bull shit. You really need to study basic physics. How much thrust is needed to lift a man into the air (flight)? On final approach to landing I see very little disturbance of the water below. All kinds of shit should be blowing around, right?”
Residue felt the same way, stating that the whole thing was terrible CGI…
“Keep posting another fake video as if you are proving something. 😀 Shitty blurry cgi and why is the jetski “following” him non stop? 😀 dude give up.”
John Dangle wasn’t buying it either, claiming that the press was in on the hoax and are stupid and gullible, writing…
“Biggest fake moment at 1:47 the “pan around” shot is clearly a drone camera rotating around, not a human head go pro. The press is either fucking gullible as fuck or complicit as fake videos keep getting stupid press.”
After all of the skeptics came forward to denounce the video as fake, Franky Zapata posted up a video on his official Facebook page, stating…
“For those who think the Flyboard Air is a fake….. A normal training day @ ZR …. Stay tuned this week end we break a record “
You can see the video below that Zapata posted to prove that the hoverboard is not fake.
The Facebook video managed to silence some of the more harsh criticisms, as it was difficult to point out how the video could be faked. Even still, some believed that there was a crane around somewhere that was edited out in post production.
As some astute but cynical viewers pointed out, the hoverboard is cool nonetheless, real or fake, but they also pointed out that even if it is real there’s no way it would be cleared by the FAA.