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Norway inventor speeds Santa sled. Norwegian Hans Norgreen gives a new meaning to express delivery for Christmas. The inventor has been working on his project in Hedmark County’s Trysil for the past four years. According to him, the kicksled (also known as a ‘spark’), has a top speed of 60 km/h (about 37 mph) thanks to its fitted 200cc old snow blower engine.

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Norway inventor speeds Santa sled

Published on Friday, 23rd December, 2016 at 12:34 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

Norwegian Hans Norgreen gives a new meaning to express delivery for Christmas.

Cross-country skiing in Trysil
A more common, non-motorised way of getting around in the Hedmark County resortCross-country skiing in Trysil
Photo: Ola Matsson/Flickr


The inventor has been working on his project in Hedmark County’s Trysil for the past four years.

According to him, the kicksled (also known as a ‘spark’), has a top speed of 60 km/h (about 37 mph) thanks to its fitted 200cc old snow blower engine.

Mr Norgreen says that developing it has been a trial and error process involving many modifications.

“But I’m satisfied now and think that Santa (Julenissen) will be satisfied too,” he told NRK.

The inventor, who has his own workshop where he repairs washing machines and other white goods, has even fitted the spark with several road and Christmas-worthy accessories.

These include a headlight, a horn, indicators on both sides, and an illuminated red-painted frame with its own set of antlers.

Mr Norgeen admits that he has not “dared to” test the kicksled’s top speed himself, which “is fast for a spark”.

At the same time, he hopes that technical problems will not hinder Yuletide present-giving.

“The worst thing that can happen is that Santa’s engine stops when he is carrying many gifts on Christmas Eve,” Mr Norgreen concludes.

Facts

  • The kicksled or ‘spark’ is a small sled with a chair mounted on flexible metal runners
  • Getting it running requires a kick (‘en spark’, in Norwegian)
  • Its flexible runners are designed to make it easy to control the sled
  • There is usually a seat to allow for a single passenger
  • A spark can be used on frozen lakes and hard-packed snow
  • Normal speeds are between 15 and 20 km/h (9-12 mph)
  • NRK’s video of the kicksled in action can be found here (external link)


Published on Friday, 23rd December, 2016 at 12:34 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: santaclaus, christmas, presents, parties, festivities, yuletide.





  
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