Go Kart Build James Thomas

Problem Statement:

Our group will be assigned to create a drill powered go kart that can successfully perform in 3 different courses with 3 separate purposes:

  1. Drag Strip (Top speed/acceleration)
  2. Road course (Handling/Ride Quality)
  3. Super mileage (Efficiency/Endurance)

As well as every group, we will be graded based on how well our designed go kart performs on each of those courses overall

Materials provided are the following:

  • Detachable (for use with other classes) 18V drill
  • A single sheet of 3/4" plywood
  • Miscellaneous hardware
  • Wood glue

Outside Materials:

  • Wheels (Mandatory)
  • Chain (Optional)
  • Gears (Optional)

Any surplus materials must be located at North Wilmington Lowes (Store #622) for order

We will have 3 months to build this go kart. In order to create a successful build, each member of the group must follow the Team Building Requirements below.

Team Building Requirements:

  • Work equally to achieve the build goal
  • Note their work daily
  • Show proof of knowledge byy referring back to instructions
  • after school lab sessions



Steering Sketch

Descriptions (From left to right) then (Top to Bottom)

  1. This is an overall rough sketch of what we believe our kart will look like, and how it will seat the driver, along with our wheel positions, how we will receive power (gas) from the drill, and slow down the kart (brakes).
  2. This sketch shows how the kart's steering will be operated, and to which wheel the drill will deliver power to. Also in the sketch is a seat for the driver. Although overlooked, this is also an essential in the sketch because the components of the go kart will all have to fit around it.
  3. The third sketch is a side view of the steering. Shown is what materials will be used, where they will be located, and a general idea of what we think will be used for the steering.
  4. The fourth sketch of how our base structure will be designed. The dimensions are listed aside the sketch, along with the size of the wood that will be used to create the base.
  5. This sketch is our final detailed sketch that will be very similar to how our actual kart will be designed. Most of the dimensions on this sketch will be used to create our Onshape design, and eventually, on our finished kart.
  6. The sixth sketch is the design for our sprocket that will hold the chain to send power from the power drill to the wheels of the go kart. Sketched along the sprocket is the drill seated on the kart. For a faster install/uninstall, we will be using zip ties similar to how they are used in the picture in the Research section of this page.
  7. Pictured in this sketch, is our original base. To make it smooth, we had sanded the edges of the base. After testing how the wood held up on the kart, we went with thicker/bigger pieces of wood to make things more durable. The only downside to this is the added weight.
  8. In the last sketch, our steering is shown and how we plan to use it on our go kart. The PVC pipe (colored in red) acts more as a rack than it would an axle, meaning that this is what will be supporting the steering mechanisms. The lever (Outlined in green) is what will be held up on the rack.

Build (Incomplete)

Descriptions (Top to Bottom)
Kart base, frame, and seat
  1. Since we already have our frame and wheel design (The wagon and wheels), we only had to design a base, seat, brake mechanism, and seating for the drill.
  2. In this picture, our kart's main base and the original seat are shown put together. To make things easier, we decided to zip tie the base to the frame, as well as drilling through our crafted seat to make holes for more zip ties. We decided to go with zip ties because we figured it would be easier to remove if there was anything that needed to be corrected

Once all parts (Brakes/acceleration) are created on the ShopBot, each part will be assembled on the kart frame (the wagon pictured above) and when completely finished, fitted with a removable power drill to make friction to a rear wheel of the kart therefore, making power.

Created By
James Thomas

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