The agility of a go-cart, the speed of a sportsboat and the layout of a catamaran for performance: meet the WoKart!
It’s a portmanteau word that blends the words ‘water’ and ‘go-kart’.
Because the concept is designed to blend the incredible agility of a go-kart with a fast sportsboat to give the sensation of a go-kart for the water.
How does it do that?
It has ‘a unique asymmetric catamaran layout (by Dr Albert Nazarov) for a boosted performance’, apparently. We’re told that ‘WoKart transforms water into roads and gives the feeling of driving on water, even in areas where jet craft aren’t permitted’.
So it’s not a jet then?
No, it’s actually outboard powered, and the reason you can’t see it is because it’s mid-mounted in the pod just behind the driver. Putting the weight and thrust towards the middle is another thing that promotes the dynamic kart-like handling.
How powerful and fast is it?
The largest engine you can fit is a 70hp outboard, with which the WoKart is supposedly good for 40 knots, according to the manufacturer. That’s fast enough in a 3.8m boat, we’d imagine!
Where is it made?
Although the WoKart is designed in Switzerland, it’s actually built in Thailand at CMI, a multinational joint venture under the management of Cobra International.
Can I buy one?
Yes, you can. Production has now begun and they are CE approved. WoKart is advertising the price at $9,800, but that doesn’t include the engine, which needs to be sourced in the country of use.
What if I want to take a friend along with me?
You can’t, unfortunately – this model is strictly a single-seater. But fear not, a larger two-seater version is on the drawing board.
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