The team at Foil Drive has taken their technology to the next level. In fact with what they did now, the older version looks like something out of a garage.
We did test and unbox the Foil Drive and were very impressed with it. Particularly the performance, the torque, the battery live and the power over all was extremely impressive.
The one thing that was a bit of an inconvenience was setting up the system: Riders need to find a good sport for the battery pack and particularly riders who are on smaller boards were battling with the positioning. Some nifty guys actually ended up putting the battery around their waste in a fanny pack, setting up a leash system that would prevent the cable to rip out of its socket. The leash of course must be shorter than the cable otherwise a fall would have catastrophic consequences to your whole system.
The battery placement should not be underestimated either. If you have the rather heavy batter too far in the back it can compromise your ability to get lift. If you have it between your feet it gets in the way and on the nose you are going to be very heavy on the front. Prone foilers struggle with this even more.
Another thing was setting up the cable holders on your board and carrying extra tape along to tape down the excessive cable.
These are now all things of the past.
Now the battery is going to be located right between the board and the mast. The cable there fore is extremely short and you don’t have to think about where to best place the battery. Best of it all: Your board is free of cable holders and battery velcro double lock tape on your board. This is a genius move. We are wondering if there will be a way to upgrade existing system with a shorter cable and battery compartment.