Here's the official kart for my SigFig, Dax's superkart! This is my horribly late contribution to the SigFiggy Kart group, as it is already about a year old old. But the truth is that I made this kart about a year ago, too. I just never got around to posting it. Disregarding the age, however, this creation still proves to be one of my best. I played around with a lot of new techniques; one of those be working with half studs. The kart represents me as a builder in aspects such as color, design and details. I was going for a look reminiscent of old school video game (like Mario Kart) mixed with vintage race cars.
First off, I’d like to lay down the technical information. The kart’s stats are largely inspired by the engine of a Toyota Yaris being installed into a superlight race car. Both the Yaris and the kart have similar displacement and horsepower, but it is the kart’s low weight that makes it perform significantly better.
Like on my SigFig, here’s a shot pointing out some aspects of the kart. If you’re confused about the yellow thing, feel free to look around at my MOCs. A lot of them are yellow :)
Here’s one for the rear.
Here’s a low down view from the front of the kart, to show its sweeping curves :) If you’re wondering how I got those two areas of the hood to extend a half-stud, then keep reading: I’ll explain it eventually.
As you can see, adding a minifig in the cockpit makes the kart a tad bit taller :)
Low down rear shot. Big exhaust pipes are a must have.
The construction of the car consists of four chunks of pieces (front, back, two sides) attached to a central chassis. Here we see little Dax removing those four sections…
… To reveal the chassis. Looks a lot taller with the body sections removed, huh?
Now, here’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Building this car was a very interesting experience, as I was working with measurements of half studs. I used 4x1 axels to hold on the tires. This piece has studs that are not filed in, but are more of a ring. On the inside of flats (plus many other types of pieces), there are little cylinders that fit between the studs when you apply he piece onto something. I put these little cylinders in the ring-studs of the axel, throwing off the measurement by a half stud. Take a look at the picture to get what I’m saying.
The engine can be removed, too.
Here’s the beastly 1.5 liter V4 engine that powers the kart. In front is two tanks of nitrous, or as they say in the video game world, turbo (which I don’t understand: the two concepts are totally unrelated).
The kart has excellent acceleration and very good handling, making it a “cornering machine”.
Not only can the kart corner, it can also drift!
Wind tunnel test prove the kart to be very aerodynamic…
… Until you add a driver, that is.
Here’s an artsy front shot. I always love to take these.
One for the rear.
And that’s it! Please review and thanks for looking!