18 February 2014
18 February 2014
Italian company, N2R Skate, has manufactured what they say to be a state-of-the-art longboard featuring DIAB’s high-performance core material.
After 15 years of experience in providing composite parts for 80 feet yachts running 40 knots and state-of-the-art performance karts, N2R Skate is now using its patented process and DIAB core material to develop new longboards.
A subculture to skateboarding, longboarding has recently exploded in popularity. As the name implies, a longboard is a longer variant of a skateboard and allows for a more stable and comfortable stance when in use. It can be made from plywood or glass fibre; however N2R’s board is made with tri-composite INFUTURE infusion technology used for top of the line yachts and car racing components.
Coupling DIAB´s Divinycell core with the INFUTURE infusion technology (a mix of infusion and RTM), the company says, gives the longboards 40% higher torsion strength compared to glass fibre boards and makes them 70% stronger than boards made of plywood. At the same time N2R Skate claims its longboards are 25% lighter than competing boards, completely water resistant and remarkably shock resistant.
“We have worked with DIAB for the last 15 years, producing some of the best yachts in the world”, says Luca Sburlati, CEO of N2R. “Now it’s time for us to revolutionise the skating business together. We wanted to develop the next generation of longboards with outstanding flexibility and a much higher fatigue resistance, and we are glad to have DIAB as our partner on this quest.”
N2R Skate offers two different longboards, the 1.6kg Urban, designed to be lively and flexible, and the 1.98kg Downhill with race-ready stiffness and strength.
Photo provided by DIAB.