Tesla has already demonstrated the performance potential of electric power in cars, but the technology hasn’t made the same splash in the world of go karting. But that looks set to change with Canada-based Daymak using battery power to develop what it claims will be the “world’s fastest go-kart”.
Meet the C5-Blast Ultimate, which Daymak says will be capable of sprinting to 60 mph (98 km/h) in a neck-snapping 1.5 seconds. That makes the Tesla Model S P100D, which took 2.28 seconds to hit the same mark in Motor Trend testing, look leisurely. At the moment, the fastest accelerating EV in the world is Grimsel, which hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 1.513 seconds, but Daymak has that title in its sights.
The C5-Blast’s power comes from a 10-kW brushless electric motor fed by a 2,400-Wh lithium-ion battery, but that isn’t the only thing helping it leap off the line. The driver is also flanked by four Electric Ducted Fan (EDF) motors that provide 60 kg (132 lb) of forward thrust, whole eight more are mounted in the bodywork providing 96 kg (212 lb) of upwards thrust. According to the company, that means the 200-kg (441-lb) kart performs as if it weighed just 100 kg (220 lb).