Race is on to build fastest kart

Looking good: Members of the Bayfield High School Grass Kart Challenge team (from left) Regan...
Looking good: Members of the Bayfield High School Grass Kart Challenge team (from left) Regan Aitkenhead (16), Nick Harper (16), and Hayden Wilson (17) with their partially completed, custom-built grass kart.
It's sleek, lightweight, and will hopefully race past the opposition in the Otago/Southland Grass Kart Challenge final.

That's the aim of the sevenmember Bayfield High School Grass Kart team, whose kart design is based on the ultraquick Ariel Atom racer. Their efforts lined up well against the opposition at last week's ‘‘midbuild'' judging session for Otago-based teams held at Otago Polytechnic.

Teams were judged on their progress, welding and other skills, and on their recordkeeping, with points counting towards their final total at the final Grass Kart Challenge event in Invercargill in October.

About 20 teams from Otago and Southland high schools will compete.

While the karts can be of an original design, they must all have the same (unmodified) 6.5hp engine, standard-size wheels, and running gear.

‘‘We are hoping our tubular design will be light and aerodynamic,'' team member Hayden Wilson (17) said.

The boys will continue to perfect their kart, under the supervision of teacher Craig Cumming, as the project is part of their NCEA level 2 mechanical engineering studies.

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