When most of us hear the word “sustainable,” we think green plants and brown earth.
But when Douglas Varey hears the S-word, he thinks go-karts. Vintage race car-inspired ones.
The Seattle-based industrial designer builds sustainable karts out of repurposed materials and marine plywood coated in a high-performance textile called Xorel. The units are powered by 48-volt BLDC electric motors.
The ultra lightweight four-wheelers are inspired by the three 1923 Austin Seven "Boulogne" Racers that competed in the 278-mile Boulogne Grand Prix, although Varey’s sustainable models have met much better fates thus far. (Two of the Austin Sevens exited the race due to engine problems; the third crashed.)
By day, Varey works at a decorative lighting firm called Resolute, and the “avid history buff” is known for designing products that combine “historical allusions with technical functionality.”
“The vintage inspiration adds a layer of interest and perhaps a touch of nostalgia for simpler times,” he told Inhabitat. “They are an absolute blast to drive so when finished they are more than an object.”
We’ll call ‘em go-arts.