Date of Completion

Spring 5-1-2008

Thesis Advisor(s)

John Enderle

Honors Major

Biomedical Engineering


Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering | Engineering


The E-Racer was made for a young boy with cerebral palsy. The client cannot use his legs and control in his left arm is very limited. The client's family expressed a desire for an electric go-kart, and also for the go-kart to resemble a "normal" go-kart. To that end, the E-Racer has been outfitted with both steering wheel and joystick modes so the client can choose which control system he would like to use depending on what he is comfortable with. The E-Racer is a stock go-kart which was modified in several key ways. The electronics were drastically modified to accommodate the two controls systems. In addition, both the steering and braking systems were modified so they could be controlled electrically rather than mechanically. Finally, several modifications were made to the go-kart to improve the rider's comfort and safety.