GripGO Racing – Hand Controlled Kart Kit

GripGO Racing – Hand Controlled Kart Kit

GripGO Racing – Hand Controlled Kart Kit

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Engineering at its finest! The GripGO is a hand controlled kart kit for disabled races that was designed and manufactured by Jaden Partridge, a Year 12 student at Alstonville High. Oh, and did i mention, he is my cool little brother!

Jaden worked on this project for 11 months and when it was time for its debut spin at the Lismore Kart Club track, I got to go out and see it in action. It was amazing, he has some wicked skills. Here are some shots from day, but I recommend you check out his youtube video which shows it in the making and on the track.

The kit features components allowing drivers to use the existing brake master cylinder with no extra parts needed including hand controls, lengthened cable, cable holders, leg straps and nassau panel mount.
The kit allows drivers suffering from paraplegia or limited or no function in one arm and one leg to drive a race kart legally and safely. The symmetrical design of hand controls and quick interchange makes it suitable to most kart makes, whilst also promoting ease of manufacture.
Australian Karting rules does not allow drivers to be tethered directly to kart, the need to stop drivers legs from bouncing out of the kart was addressed by using straps which are designed to fail and tear open in the case of a roll over.

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  • Hassan May 29, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Tony,

    Thanks for this post, I saw the you tube video, which shows the operation of Hand controlled kart kit for disabled and I’m very happy to saw this kind of project. Kindly inform my how-mach it cost me if I want to order complete kit for the same racing car that I saw it in the video including the shipping to Bahrain as I want to make one car and give it as a gift to Bahrain International Circuit BIC for the disabled peoples OR if is possible send the drawing of Hand controlled then I will do my best make as it is.

    Thanks & best regards,
    Hassan

  • Jaden June 5, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Hi Hassan,

    This project was created for a High School project as Tony mentioned in the blog. I have since continued further study which has unfortunately prevented me from producing any more kits.

    The design currently has a patent on it, protecting it from being reproduced. Purchasing this patent would give you access to plan drawings of the kit. Unfortunately without purchasing this, I cannot disclose technical details of the project that would allow you to reproduce the hand controls.

    I thank you for your interest in the project and it’s great to hear about your plans to support the disabled community and especially those who love motorsport and karting.

    Kind regards,
    Jaden Partridge

    • Ben McLean August 24, 2014 at 4:47 am

      Thats unfortunate Jaden, this looks like a really awesome design. I have just been gifted a cart to use and now am about to embark on modifying it. Glad to see it has been done before!!

  • Tim Ripley May 12, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Too bad a patent is keeping this from being distributed freely but it’s not terribly difficult to modify a kart for hand controls.

    Here’s some photos of my set up. Jason’s looks simpler with shifter kart handles but I like the ergonomics better on mine (though I haven’t tried Jason’s).

    https://plus.google.com/photos/109238216510624255387/albums/5117833504298319489

    • Carlie Wieland June 2, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Tim,

      I have seen the pictures of your hand control mods and wondered if you would possibly be able to give me some additional details about what you had done specifically and who you used to undertake these mods?

      I am an OT and presently trying to help a client in QLD establish a Kart for himself.

      Cheers,

      • Tim June 2, 2015 at 3:41 pm

        Stripped cover and had a piece of tubing welded to the steering wheel to mount a Brembo motorcycle brake lever assembly. Thumb throttle is from a racing quad cycle. The rest was just making up a throttle cable and hydraulics for the brake. The only problem was matching the master cylinder with a brake caliper as the pads weren’t making contact but I found an adjustable caliper.

        I hope this helps. There are others on eKartingNews forums that have done similar systems.

        Let me know if I can provide further assistance.

        Tim

  • Tim June 2, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    These folks may be able to help as well: http://unserkarting.com/kart-racing/adaptive-kart-racing/

    And CRG used to import a kart hand control developed with Alex Zanardi.

    Best of luck,
    Tim

  • DLVRYMN November 18, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Are there any updates on this? As a person in a wheelchair, I would love to buy a system like this and be able to use it in a recreational setting. Thanks

  • Tim December 4, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    http://www.apparelyzed.com/forums/topic/5366-go-kart-for-tetraplegics/

    Check eKartingNews too…you can pay or you can build it yourself!

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