GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Runnit CNC has partnered with Crosskarts U.S.A. to begin manufacturing 50 Crosskarts. Two will have hand controls, allowing disabled individuals to race in the vehicles.
Crosskarts are similar to go-karts, but are much faster and can ride in almost any condition. They have been popular in other countries, but this is the first time they will actually be produced in America. Within six to nine months, Runnit CNC hopes the karts will be finished. They will all have the option to have a hand control set installed.
Those with the project understand what life is like in a wheelchair. "It teaches you patience. It teaches you a lot of things about life that you didn't know about yourself. It makes you respect everything and everyone a lot more," said Rob Parsons, a designer and fabricator.
The owner of Runnit CNC said the racing rush can be therapeutic for many disabled individuals. "Really tough at times, but some days are just - you feel like you're back to who you used to be. Especially when you get to do things like this and go out and drive in a Crosskart," said Andy Blood, the owner of Runnit CNC.
A simulator of the Crosskarts will be placed at Mesa Mall on Friday, August 11 from 4 to 6 P.M. It is open for the public to try out, and tickets to the 2017 Land's End Hill Climb can be won if the record time is beaten.
The 2017 Land's End Hill Climb will have a Crosskart competing, and takes place from August 11 to August 13.