Worlds Fastest Golf CartMaddy Scheinost2022-08-16T10:54:55-05:00
How Fast Can Golf Carts Go?
Ever wondered how to make a golf cart faster? Felt the “need for speed” while you’re on the golf course, when you’re not booming drives down the center of the fairway or chipping in from the rough beside the green? It’s natural to think about faster golf carts – maybe even about having the fastest golf cart in the world. The tire experts at Treadworld are here to show you that a dream of having the world’s fastest golf cart is not beyond the realm of possibility.
What Is Normal Speed for Golf Carts?
If you play golf, you probably know that most golf carts are designed with controls to keep the maximum speeds between 12 and 19 miles per hour. Rules and regulations vary from state to state, but the federal government currently does not specifically regulate golf cart use—except for having restrictions on their use on national highways. Most states reclassify a golf cart that can go 20-25 miles per hour as an SMV – slow moving vehicle, and faster than 25 miles per hour means the golf cart has entered regular motor vehicle range and must comply with federal motor vehicle standards.
Then there’s the Fastest Golf Cart in the World!
Guinness World Records lists the fastest speed attained by a golf cart as 118.76 miles per hour. Specifically, the Guinness website says: “The fastest golf cart is the 'Bandit' by Plum Quick Motors, which achieved a speed of 191.12 km/h (118.76 mph) when driven by Robby Steen (USA) at the Darlington Dragway in Hartsville, South Carolina, USA, on 31 October 2014.” Just imagine how fast you could play 18 holes with a golf cart that goes so fast, it seems to be flying. Maybe you could even break the Guinness record for most golf holes played in a day held by Swiss golfer Jurg Randegger who played 252 holes in 12 hours at Ostschweizerische Golf Club in St. Gallen Switzerland. Fun for you for sure, maybe not so much for golf course officials.
Why Was the World’s Fastest Golf Cart Created?
When Carson Steen, founder of Plum Quick Motors in Lancaster, South Carolina with his two sons Ricky and Robby, created the record-setting Bandit golf cart, the aim was to break the trio’s own record set the year before of 103.65 miles per hour. When asked by a local newspaper reporter why they wanted to create the world’s fastest golf cart, Carson Steen answered, “We’re just country folk. We are not smart enough to know what we can’t do,” before getting more serious, adding, “We like to do things nobody else does.”
How Was the World’s Fastest Golf Cart Created?
Providing a specific blueprint for building a golf cart that can reach speeds of nearly 120 miles per hour is beyond the scope of this post. Most of the work took place “under the hood.” Modifications included 80 pounds of lead weights attached to the front bumper for improved stability and racing safety, harnesses for passengers, a motor custom-built by the Steens, a bank of supercharged lithium-ion batteries, and a high-voltage, high-amperage controller. Son Robby the record-setting driver, believes he could have gone faster, perhaps as fast as 130 miles per hour, estimating the cart was only using 80% of the battery power at the peak. But due to a lack of stability at the top speeds, and a prodigious amount of acceleration force, Robby pulled back slightly from going the max, a decision supported by all involved. Watch the world’s fastest golf cart on YouTube as the record is set. Other companies have taken aim at the record, but the closest known result was a golf cart reaching around 97 miles per hour.
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