Charlottesville student attempts to break world record with rocket-powered skateboard

Published: May. 27, 2019 at 12:53 PM EDT
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A Charlottesville High School student is looking to break a Guinness World Record with his rocket-powered skateboard.

Marcus Targonski came up with the idea for the rocket-powered skateboard when he was a freshman at CHS.

"It was a really great opportunity for me and some friends to get together and build something pretty incredible," said Targonski.

The dream became a reality when Targonski found out about the record.

In order to be recognized by Guinness, he needed to ride on his rocket-powered skateboard at 60 miles per hour in both directions across 100 meters.

After several months of planning, sketching and construction, he was able to make the skateboard.

"We began to draft using 3D modeling software to figure out how we want to lay the board out and what we want to do," he said.

The engine on the skateboard is also powerful enough to bring riders to top speeds.

"This is basically a small scale version of a plane engine. It's a jet," Targonski said. "In its earnestly, a jet gets over 1,000 celsius and it's actually safer than rockets."

The skateboard has been through a couple of trial runs and reached 60 miles per hour.

Targonski said he's thankful for the positive feedback he's received from his friends and the community.

"I'm just absolutely humbled with how much support we've got from whether it's teachers, adults, brands or even my peers," said Targonski.

He also hopes his experience can show the younger generation that they can follow through with any new idea.

"Ask your questions. Be passionate and be forward thinking. Have fun. Do what you love," he said.

Targonski said there is more work to be done in order to complete the world record goal.

He wants to study aerospace engineering when he graduates from high school.