A Latvian-based go-kart manufacturer, Blue Shock Race, has recently made headlines for breaking the world record for the fastest production electric go-kart. The electric go-kart reached an impressive speed of 163 km/h (101.3 mph) during a speed run at the Gotlandring track in Sweden.
The team behind Blue Shock Race used a mostly unmodified kart to demonstrate the high performance capabilities of their electric drivetrain. They wanted to showcase the potential of an ‘off the shelf’ product in achieving such impressive speeds. The record-breaking run was carried out by Swedish go-kart driver Leo Obrant, who had never driven a go-kart as fast as this before.
The electric go-kart is equipped with a 25 kW (33.5 hp) electric motor and a 5.4 kWh battery pack, making it powerful enough to reach triple-digit speeds. It weighs only 120 kg (265 lb.), making it agile and maneuverable on the track.
One of the advantages of electric go-karts over their internal combustion engine counterparts is the instant torque they offer, resulting in rapid acceleration and a more thrilling driving experience. In addition, electric go-karts operate quietly, reducing noise pollution and enabling their use in places where traditional go-karts are restricted due to noise requirements. Electric go-karts are also more environmentally friendly, producing zero tailpipe emissions and requiring less maintenance due to fewer moving parts.
While the record-breaking electric go-kart from Blue Shock Race showcases the high performance potential of electric drivetrains, it is important to note that this level of speed is not suitable for beginners. Those new to karting would be better off starting with a lower-power model before attempting to reach speeds over 100 mph.
Overall, electric go-karts are gaining popularity among karting enthusiasts due to their thrilling performance, quieter operation, environmental friendliness, and lower maintenance requirements. They offer an exhilarating ride without the emissions or fuel costs associated with internal combustion go-karts.
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