Energy & Sustainability
Neuroti-Kart – Homemade electric cart

Wires99 writes –

“This is the Neuroti-Kart. (PsychoKart was taken) Homemade electric go-Kart. Design goals: electric powered, quiet, fast, capable of doing donuts in my street. Home run! “ Thanks Gnomic! – Link.

Powered by 4 12 volt car batteries and the frame was made from Home Depot gas pipes… Nice work.


  • Build your own street legal kart – Link.
  • HOW TO – Make your own go kart – Link.

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24 thoughts on “Neuroti-Kart – Homemade electric cart

  1. > Design goals: electric powered, quiet, fast, capable of doing donuts in my street.

    Kinda defeats the purpose of being quiet…

    How much did he pay for the motor & controller?

  2. many moons ago, i saw a show on the discovery channel that had a “club” of folks who had built all electric shopping cart racers, all powered by a car battery and a starter motor. they raced them in empty warehouses, and i believe they had models that hit upwards of 60 mph.
    does anyone remember this, besides me? i think their only rules were: all electric, and the chassis/frame had to be made out of a shopping cart. man, those things were badass.

  3. jeff,

    I remember that show. That’s actually how I found this; I’ve been searching for a video of that forever. I’m about to embark on such a project.

    From what I remember, they had two motors, one for each side and that’s how steering was done. Front wheels were welded straight, and no brakes.

  4. Hi – Just stumbled across the postings on my kart.

    After the making of the video, I put brakes and proper pedals on the kart. I’ve started building a second one that will be faster and otherwise slightly improved. I’m using the original for a “template”, and my wife has mandated that I sell the first one to help finance the build of the second.

    The most significant post-video improvement of the kart has been the addition of a hydraulic brake. I tried a cable-driven brake that was strictly mechanical, but that didn’t work for beans. By the way, the rolling weight of the kart as shown (less driver) is 325 lbs, so it’s not exactly like stopping your bicycle.

    I’m currently in the process of video-documenting the second build, too. Basically, what I want to show is that if I can do it, you can. -Mark

  5. hello there, I am an amputee and am still trying topass my driving test. I was ONE point out before so not long til I’ll be legally riding my own car. However, it does’nt address my immediate concern of going as fast as possible on a provisional driving license.
    My suspicion that this website is in america? coz I’m in London 2 min’s from Tower Bridge
    The Thing I am riding at the mo is a £1300 brand-new Sterling-Diamond mobility scooter, coz Iam not too sure if I can ride something like in the Demo without getting a pull from Mr Plod (police) so could you tell me how much something like in the Demo is? is it insurable?or is it a total NO_NO for the road
    how fast is the mother , anyway?


  6. Legss –
    I don’t know about the website hosting these message postings, but Neurotikart and the picture and video hosting for it are in the US.

    There are a couple of problems that would have to be addressed in using this kind of thing for general mobility. First one is that it’s most definitely not street legal here. One of the rationalizations I used in going with electric power was that it’s less likely to generate complaints to the authorities, at least when I’m not skidding around like a lunatic. A gas powered kart in my neighborhood would get complaints, but instead I generally get admiration.

    On a more practical level, there is the issue of how well it handles in tight space. Since it’s a solid rear axle, the turning radius is not so great unless you use power to kick the rear end out. It would probably need a differential to negotiate city streets or sidewalks.

    Neurotikart 1 and 2 both are very low to the ground – so the driver’s head is about level with a car bumper. I’d probably want to stay out of traffic with something like this. Finally, it’s a little awkward to mount and dismount – although this would certainly vary depending on the individual. I’m older and fatter – kids seem to have an easier time of it, for example.

    But you do raise an interesting point – is it possible to make a “cross over” vehicle that can function as a mobility device and occasional road vehicle? Mobility wants to be small and handle tight spaces, a road vehicle needs to be big to carry power source, have a large enough motor, and to some extent, be seen by other vehicles. In both cases, it would be nice to have cargo-carrying capability.

    Thanks for the idea.

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