Posted on May 5, 2009
This project was sent to me from Brian Sanburn of Lincoln Nebraska. Brian writes: “My brothers and I built this turboshaft powered kart from scratch in my garage based machine shop over 2 winters. The gas producer was built using a Garrett TV7101 turbocharger. A single brushless electric motor starts it, a small propane cylinder is used to heat the evaporator prior to starting, otherwise it runs on 100% diesel fuel. The entire free power turboshaft portion was built from scratch, including the 8.5:1 gearbox, 5.75" diameter stainless steel stator and power wheel.
We routinely run the power wheel to 30000 rpm, final output is 3500 rpm and fed into a Comet belt driven torque converter then through a forward/reverse gearbox. The cart itself was scratch built and features dual disk brakes on the rear axle, one drive-line disk brake, rear differential, 6-gallon fuel tank good for about 1 hour run time, 80 amp alternator, and a smoke oil injection system. Passenger comfort is provided by a leather bench seat from a Pontiac Bonneville, and a leather wrapped steering wheel. It has 10 gauges to monitor the turbine, dual hand throttles control one idle and one high speed fuel nozzle and a forward and reverse gear shifter.
The kart is completely self sustaining, requires no outside power source to start or operate. The kart wasn't built for speed but rather something to cruise around the neighborhood with. Best regards, Brian Sanburn”
Thanks for the pictures of your incredible kart Brian!!!....... Don G.