Think of it as the Ferrari of wheelchairs.
Switzerland-based company Küschall has produced what they are claiming as the world’s lightest wheelchair.
Called the Superstar, the design features an all-graphene frame that weighs a mere 3.3 lbs, and is 30 percent lighter and 20 percent stronger than standard carbon fiber models.
For those unfamiliar with Graphene (I think we all are), the semi-metal is the strongest material known to man. It’s 200 times stronger than steel and 10 times tougher than diamond, yet incredibly lightweight and flexible.
According to Andre Fangueiro, the company’s project leader, they designed the Superstar to reduce upper body injuries resulting from prolonged use of traditional wheelchairs.
To achieve their goal, the designers partnered with Formula 1 manufacturers to improve the Superstar’s driving performance. Some of their modifications include, wheels positioned closer to the user to optimize propelling efficiency, an X-shape geometry with road dampening properties to increase agility, and a bespoke backrest and tailor-made seat for better comfort and for additional propelling power.
I told you it’s the Ferrari of wheelchairs.
But don’t plan on racing your granny anytime soon, the Superstar is still under development and won’t be available at least for a while.
You can head on over here to the Küschall website to learn more.