[Kartbuilding] engine

Stephen Burke sburke at burkesys.com
Sun Feb 4 23:56:10 GMT 2007

Hi Chris,

The ideal engine for this go-kart is a 100cc motorbike engine, which has 
both a gearbox and a clutch. This will allow the kart have good power at 
low speed and yet able to reach approximately 50mph.

Another engine setup would be to obtain a simple "general purpose" engine 
from an old generator, or water pump. These engines have a "horizontal" 
drive shaft, onto which you can place a "centrifical clutch" as can be 
seen here:
and also here:

This type of clutch automatically goes into gear when the engine speeds 
up. A chain will link the small sprocket on the engine/centrifical clutch 
to a large sprocket on the rear axle.

Best of Luck with whatever engine you manage to get.

On Sun, 4 Feb 2007, Christopher wrote:

> Hi stephen
> I am chris miles 16 years old and would like to know the engine i will need to use on the go-kart and the pecifercations if you have any.
> Also how much do you recon it will cost to build this go-kart
> thanks chris

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