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So I'm thinking about a good pre-EV performance project, and an electric go kart conversion seems like it could be the most basic way to gain experience in EV racing.

I might also actually be able to afford the requisit number of a123s!

QUESTION:
Has anyone ever seen an EV of any sort that keeps DeWalt 36V power packs intact (instead of just gutting out the a123s)? It would be cool to have a whole bunch of them plugged in and visibly powering the kart, but not sure if that's actually feasible circuitry-wise.

The 70kW a123 kart used the cells from 40 DeWalt packs @ ~2lbs ea.

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QUESTION:
Has anyone ever seen an EV of any sort that keeps DeWalt 36V power packs intact (instead of just gutting out the a123s)? It would be cool to have a whole bunch of them plugged in and visibly powering the kart, but not sure if that's actually feasible circuitry-wise.

The 70kW a123 kart used the cells from 40 DeWalt packs @ ~2lbs ea.

Thoughts?
Yes...: http://evalbum.com/2832

But it's not a good idea because you can't use the full power of the A123


And the 70kw kart (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJfhO_jJhHg) is one of my friends.
He use a 40s 10p (132v 23Ah) A123 battery pack but he limit his small forklift DC motor (6.7 in) at 100v and 800A with his Zilla controller.
 
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