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.

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