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.