Take Flight On The Water With The New Wokart Water Go-Kart. The Wokart is a go-kart for the water with awesome power-to-weight ratio and agility. The seating and controls make it just like driving a car - and in four years of R&D, no-one has turned one over. Production begins next month, with sales starting in March 2014.
The Wokart is a featherweight asymmetric catamaran with a centrally-located 70 hp outboard motor that's designed to have the driving characteristics and low power-to-weight of a go-kart.
The automotive seating and controls make it just like driving a car ... and in four years of development and testing, no-one has flipped one over. It promises all the fun of a PWC with a fraction of the environmental footprint and production is set to begin in January 2014 and at EUR20,000 (approximately US$27,400).
Unlike most toys, a horsepower upgrade is as simple as bolting in a larger 85 hp motor, which makes it "unsuitable for the general public", a nice way of saying, "you can't handle this."
The Wokart is the latest of a plethora of new watercraft designs that have emerged in recent years that are well outside the realms of traditional naval architecture – from floating islands to floating cities through to a range of water toys such as the Flyboard, Jetovator, Jetlev, Samba, Seabreacher, Subwing, hydrofoil designs such as the Quadrofoil, Wfoil, and even towables such as the Manta Ray and KiteTube.
Indeed, Wokart designer Dr. Theo Christen delights in regaling tales of "boaties" across the world identifying him as a marine "outsider" based on the simple premise that if he were an insider, constrained by traditional marine design thinking, he couldn't have come up with the concept in the first place.
From the first time he showed his design to an established naval architect, to the crowd reaction when the Wokart was first displayed at the Stockholm Boat Show, Christen's Wokart has been greeted with astonishment and invariably, disbelief that an outsider could have conceived something like the Wokart.
The Wokart enters production at CMI in Thailand next month, completing a remarkable journey for Christen whose PhD is in Economics, not the academic discipline one might expect of the creator of such a promising new marine design.
Christen has offered Gizmag a drive in the Wokart which we'll be taking up as soon as possible, but here's what we know right now.
So there you have it – yet another radical new marine design challenging years of convention. Stay tuned for an upcoming evaluation.
Source: GizMag: Wokart Water Go Kart, Pinterest: Barrie Sefton