It depends on the power-to-weight ratio.Rocket Man wrote:I have built a lot of projects over the past 40 years and several were gocarts. A 100 lb trust engine on a gocart is very slow take off. It will get you up to about 100 mph top speed but that will take a whole mile of flat level road with no head wind or curves and several minutes to get up the speed. It can be fun at first but it gets boring pretty quick.
If you want 1G of acceleration (slow by drag-racing standards) then you'll need an engine that puts out as many pounds of thrust as the vehicle (and driver) weigh.
This pulsejet dragster I built a few years back had a total of about 320lbs of thrust but was pretty heavy (made from 1" RHS steel). Never the less it gave a satisfyingly strong "push in the back" for whoever was driving it and we clocked it over 100 (using a bike speedo that only went to 99) several times on a 1km long runway (still allowing room to stop before hitting the grass runoff at the end).
Yeah, if I build another jet-powered vehicle it will be a turboshaft -- reaction propulsion is fun but it's not as effective as some good old foot-pounds of torque!If you want a FUN gocart build this. http://home.earthlink.net/~gary350/gokart15.jpg