I’m not sure to what degree I have expressed here my passion for EVs, race driving and my adventures with my shifter kart (that I miss dearly since we moved to Geneva, about 2 months ago).
I have this plan for several years already to build a crazy powerful electric kart – think 100+hp – to beat my Tesla Roadster test drive experience:
I have read tons of materials in the different areas (electronics, motors, batteries, manufacturing techniques etc.) and been experiencing with electronics for quite some time now. Even my Robox 3D printer was a step stone towards learning CAD techniques for printing and later CNC. And my shifter kart I have bought, it was also part of the plan (reuse the chassis and store, sell or throw the engine away).
I have come to realize that I cannot do that by myself for many reasons (space, time, experience, knowledge) so I gathered a team of 5 including me and a professional mechanic, software engineer and electronics / electrical engineer (still waiting for his answer to my detailed 30-page project). We have a garage back in Romania (the other 4 members of the team live nearby that place) and I might try to fund everything from my pocket – unless the taxman takes everything that I have left.
So I wonder if I should start a Kickstarter campaign while I have no prototype to show yet, or if I should take it on myself and try to build on the cheap a quick kart to beat the world record for 0-62 mph acceleration time (which stands at 3.45s). Then, reaching for external funding may be easier. Unless someone does that in the meantime, I think I can do better than 3.4s with less than $10k. But that is just an intermediary goal, ultimately I am aiming 1.5s but will be happy with 2s as well.
I am reaching to you to get advice, ideas and hopefully some cheers