Jet-ski champion, inventor, daredevil – record breaker!

May 6, 2016

Looking like something out of a Sci-Fi blockbuster, Flyboard® Air creator Franky Zapata flew 2,253 metres to smash the world record for the distance travelled by hoverboard

Zapata made the incredible flight over the harbour of Sausset-les-Pins, in the south of France, supported by two all-new Ford Ranger Wildtrak pickups.


Taking four years to design, develop and perfect, the jet-propelled hoverboard flew at an average 55 km/h, and a top speed 70 km/h to cover the distance in three minutes.

“Ford is always looking for new ways of doing things so it’s no surprise that we’d partner with Franky for his record attempt with the Ford Ranger. It’s a really exciting time to be supporting innovations that explore different ways of getting around in future and it’s great to see the record broken so convincingly,” said Mark Truby, vice president, Communications & Public Affairs, Ford of Europe.

Flyboard® Air facts:

Top speed 150 km/h
Maximum height 3,000 metres
Maximum thrust 160 N
Fuel consumption 5.6 L/min (kerosene)
Weight 20 kg