[Kartbuilding] human powered go carts

Stephen Burke sburke at burkesys.com
Thu Nov 8 18:54:08 GMT 2007


Do you mean "Human powered" as in using pedals etc. to propel the wooden 
kart forwards?
The wooden kart as on:
could easily be adapted to suit two children side-by-side. This wooden 
kart is relatively simple to build using simple tools and materials. The 
steering setup is very basic and will require either one driver to steer 
with their feet or both drivers via a rope.

As for adding the human powered part, via pedals, chains and sprockets 
(similar to a bycycle), it would be possible to add this in. This would 
greatly complicate the design however. Take a read of one of my recent 
emails on Pedal Go-karts at: 

It might be possible to take a "wheelchair" approach to powering the 
Go-Kart. If large spoked wheels are used on the wooden kart, it would be 
possible for the two children to propel themselves along by manually 
turning the wheels. If large wheels are used, the center of gravity must 
be kept low so the kart will not overturn. This method would be the 
simplest and easiest to get working.

If you manage to build such a kart, feel free to email on a photo for the 
www.kartbuilding.net website.

Best of Luck,

On Thu, 8 Nov 2007, dlamb wrote:

> Dear sir..? We have to build a human powered go cart that can fit two children and can not be bigger than five feet by five feet.? It must be simple to build as chidren from 9 to 11 are to build it with adult surpervision.? The adult supervision knows very very little about building go carts or anything else for that matter.? I looked at your wooden cart and that seems doable but am not sure about adding the human powered? "engine".? Any help or resources you could show us would be greatly appreciated.
> Thank you..
> David Lamberti
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