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Proof of Concept
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Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
The electric French Kart is a new motorsport that will delight children from 4 and adults of all ages. The cross-legged posture allows a ride that provides incredible sensations of speed without exceeding 50 km/h (31 mph). We have no doubt it has the potention to become a popular motorsport as well as a leisure activity in the years to come.
Compact, stable and light, the French Kart allows pilots to jump in all safety.
There are two different models of French Kart :
1. Kart 800 for children (from 4 years old)
2. Kart 5000 for adults (from 14 years old)
The French Kart is quiet, 100% electric and does not require any specific maintenance.
Accessing the batteries is very simple: the location of the battery pack is at the front of the go-kart.
Also, this peculiar go-kart is easily transportable. It will fit easily in the boot of your car, without emitting any smell of fuel.
The origin of the French Kart goes back to 2012, in the south of France.
Marcel, its creator, invented the very first French Kart -then called "Tailleur Kart" (Cross-legged Kart)- based on one of his fondest childhood memories for the entertainment of his children. As a child, he enjoyed going down the slopes of his village while sitting on his skateboard with his friends. And thus was born the idea of the French Kart which led him to create the first prototype.
In light of its success, even among the adults who tried it, Marcel decided to refine his invention -while retaining its signature cross-legged posture- so he, his family and his friends could have fun competing together.
6 years on, an incalculable number of hours of work and a dozen hand-made prototypes later, Marcel had created the final model of his invention: the French Kart, the first all-terrain electric go-kart.
Here is one of the very first family race the French Kart inventor organised with early prototypes he had made. They were mainly made of wooden planks. Of course, as it is a motorsport and that the new prototypes and the retail product will be faster, it is advised to weir protections for safety!
French Kart prototypes have come a long way. Here is a picture of Marcel working on the first Kart prototype made of fibreglass:
As soon as the Kickstarter campaign is over, we will join our French intermediary Cédric Lepercq of
Briefing Group in Asia to industrialise the French Kart and create the first products that we will approve and test intensively in France in June.
Starting September, the final production will be launched for all of our contributors and another team will monitor the quality of the production on-site regularly.
Finally, delivery to our contributors will be made in November so the Karts can be offered as great Christmas presents!
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Risks and challenges
We have been working on the French Kart for a while now and all patents have been made and filed. We know for sure that they work very well as a leisure activity thanks to our current prototypes, but we would like to make it evolve to become a real motorsport and offer you even more sensations.
This Kickstarter campaign was also launched to create a real community that could be involved in the future of this new sport.
Therefore, all your ideas, comments and feedbacks will greatly help us continuing to improve the French Kart.