Technology

Apr 1, 2015

This kart is made of wood (yes, wood)

The PlyFly Go-Kart is the thrill of building, sharing, and customizing embodied in the creation of an iconic object: a gasoline powered go-kart. Flatworks LLC has done most of the heavy lifting. All you need to do is grab your sense of adventure, a few tools and assemble it in your own garage.

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The kit comes complete with all of the wooden parts, hardware, and a gas engine. No need to buy anything else. All of the karts have the following features: Rack and pinion steering, Disc brake, Foam filled tires (non-pneumatic), Adjustable seat (can accommodate a large adult), Smartphone mount for action video and telemetry (both cameras are pointed properly for great video of the driver or the road ahead),Safety flag for increase visibility

There are two models available. One has a 2.5 HP engine, perfect for flat areas and lower speeds. The other has a 4 HP engine that is quicker and is better suited for hilly areas and bigger people. Both kits consist of wooden parts made by us in Newport, RI and include all the necessary  hardware. 

Sure, steel karts are fun and strong, but they require a large number of specialized tools to build, repair or modify. Tools that most people don't have. Wood, on the other hand, can be crafted with tools available in most homes and all home improvement stores. The makers want to provide kits that people can make their very own, by painting, fixing or modifying and wood is a natural fit for this.

For the last several years, Flatworks has been using CNC routers to make prototypes of car interiors, surgical robots, geared mechanisms and other amazing items in wood and has built a reputation around its wood craftsmanship. The wood used in this kit is a 3/4 inch Baltic Birch plywood. It is a natural fit for the go-kart due to it's strength and appearance. The 13 plies make it incredibly strong and give the end grain a beautiful contrast. Best of all, it can be modified, repaired or reworked with common household tools.

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