Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Volta GP Team Enduro

Some on-board footage I took at a Summit Point Kart Enduro. Lots of karts and lots of passing. I was in the middle stint of three. The other drivers were Volta GP regulars Michael Wu and Tony Ward. One of my favorite passes starts around 3:48 (in Part 3).

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Nice Pass

Eric Jones making a nice pass during Round 4 of the championship.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Volta GP Test Session

A good way to spend Thursday is to take the day off and head to the
track. Did my first laps ever of the Summit Point Washington circuit
yesterday. Started off with the Volta GP electric kart. It was a
little bit challenging with cold tires but made easier with Jens Scott
showing me the way.

As you can see, battery limitations is what I'm working on next.
Later in the year I hope to have some new ones to try. By the way,
this clip does have audio. The kart is just quiet. Watch when the
bike goes by.

Which reminds me, I'm now using a rubber drive belt instead of a
composite belt (has a loud squeal to it). The other thing is after a
few years it looks like battery power has degraded somewhat. It's not
as fast as it used to be. A set of fresh lithium-based batteries ought
to do the trick.

After the kart was recharged, Jens took it for a drive. Here's a
drive-by clip and a pic I snapped.

Volta Grand Prix Site Update

The Volta Grand Prix web site has been revamped. Updates will now be posted on the blog. The "What's New" section will no longer be updated but will still be available for viewing. It just may not look right any more.

On another note, this weekend we'll be at Allsports Grand Prix for the 4th event of the Volta GP championship series. Immediately after a bunch of us will be going to Summit Point to run a 2 hour team enduro.

These races are all taking place with gasoline-powered karts. Electric karts are still under development but I expect to make some good headway later in the year on that front.

But first thing is first. There has to be a competent pool of drivers to race. Then the technology will follow.