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GoKart Powered Golf Trolley

GBD were commissioned to design a powered golf trolley for a new business to successfully enter the very competitive UK golf market. The solution was a revolutionary new entry to the market.

Getting to Grips with the Problem

GoKart had to be a visually striking product that could be distinguished within the market. It was important that the folding procedure was easy and intuitive, with the minimum possible number of operations. Despite being a powered trolley, GoKart still had to be lightweight to allow for easy handling when folded. GoKart would take a huge amount of punishment on rough terrain and in a range of weather conditions, durability was a must. A tiny footprint was required to fit in the smallest of boot spaces. Production in UK with a competitive entry price point.

Developing the Design

A significant concept development stage was carried out to establish a product language that would appeal to a wide age and gender range. GBD's experience in plastics design allowed for 90% of the product to be manufactured from injection moulded thermoplastic, lowering weight and price, whilst maintaining durability through a range of polymer reinforcement technologies.

Finding a Solution

An easy to use one piece folding mechanism was developed using the removable battery. This was the ‘keystone’ to create a rigid structure. Removing the battery in a single operation collapses the structure creating the most compact package in the market Patented drive system and computerised motor management.

Results

  • Horners Award for Plastics
  • Red Dot Award Winner
  • UK Plastics Industries Award
  • The most compact folded trolley in the market
  • Innovative use of plastics for hinges, gears and latches
  • Unique aesthetics derived from extensive use of plastic

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