Most electric go-karts have some insane acceleration, but what about one equipped with an R/C jet turbine? Warped Perception’s Matt Mikka wanted to find out, so he set out to build one. It all started with a standard kart before its diesel engine and gears were removed in favor of the turbo jet. The latter was mounted on an aluminum bracket welded securely to the back of the kart, connected to an electronic controller, while the throttle is controlled via an R/C transmitter. Read more for a video and additional information.
What kind of fuel does it run on? It takes two gallons of hydro jet-A, or to be more specific a mixture that is 80% jet fuel and 20% water. The fuel injection was designed to thread the liquid through a tube, similar to an IV line, thus spooling up the turbine and the afterburner. It generates approximately 70 pounds of thrust and while that might not sound like much, keep in mid that the kart weighs only 45-pounds or so.
- Recommended to use only on flat surfaces | Race-tuned chassis and super-slick rear wheels for serious neighborhood drifting
- Age range – 8+ | Weight limit – 140 lbs. | Battery – 24V (Two 12V), sealed lead acid, rechargeable | Battery life – Up to 40 minutes | Max speed – 12 mph | Some assembly required
- Durable steel frame, molded aluminum wheels, and 4-1/2-inch tires
- Features a powerful variable-speed, chain-driven motor, thumb-trigger acceleration control
- Hand-operated rear brake