Wonderful Engineering

These Flatpack Wooden Go-Karts Can Be Assembled At Home In A Few Hours

Say hello to PlyFly Go-Kart, a flat-pack kart which is powered by gasoline and can move as fast as 40 km/hr. The device has been created by FlatWorks which is a wooden kit company.

This wonderfully designed go-kart will be available in two different models; a 2.5 hp and another 4 hp model. The 4 hp model will be able to achieve speeds of 40 km/hr while the 2.5 hp version will be attaining a top speed of 27 km/hr. The larger engine will be able to run for 2.5 hours on a single tank of gasoline and the smaller will run for an hour.

Both versions support the same 4-stroke Honda clone engines that have been manufactured in China and satisfy the US emissions requirements. The 2.5 hp model weighs 56 kg while the 4 hp model weighs 61 kg. According to a company representative, the 4 hp model shall be able to handle weights more than 113 kg.

The PlyFly Go-Kart has been created from 0.75 inch thick Baltic Birch plywood and measures 101x58x142 cm. The kart is shipped in a total of 3 boxes and assembly time has been calculated to be about 5 hours while using basic tools. It sports pinion steering and rack, smartphone mount to allow for making action video, adjustable seat, and a safety flag to help with visibility along with a disc brake system. The kart has tires filled with foam and reportedly, these tires did better when compared with the pneumatic tires as the kart underwent tests.

The company has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds and move the project to full-scale production. A 2.5 hp model will cost you $745 and a 4 hp model costs $845. The first batch of shipments is scheduled for mid-2015.