Special Delivery: Kennesaw State University students building go-kart for disabled thrill-seekers

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Two Kennesaw State University students have been working all semester to build a special go-kart that can be used by disabled individuals who cannot use their legs.

Greg Newman and Jonathan Beck, both members of KSU’s motorsports team, were tasked with building a go-kart with acceleration and braking systems that are controlled by hand, rather than the foot-based systems found in most go-karts and cars.

“The challenge was how to mechanically control the brakes,” said Beck, a senior mechatronics major who has served on the motorsports team for four years.

The pair were asked to build the special go-kart by the staff at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games on Roswell Road in Marietta. The hand controls the students created can be easily connected to the go-karts when needed then disconnected.

The students plan to deliver the finished prototype to Andretti Karting later this month.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu