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The world’s first on-board karting track


The world’s first full-scale ship racing track is now on the water, part of a project that got the most out of German go-kart tech specialist RiMO Supply and Dutch bridge specialist Bolidt for the owner Norwegian Cruise Line.

The 326m long, 167,800 tb Norwegian Joy entered the water at Meyer Werft in Germany in March, offering a glimpse of the Bolidt surface which has been widely used for road works, parking lots and bridges, but which has never been requested for karting. afloat.

Some 230m of track was fabricated using Bolideck Racetrack, a synthetic material based on established road surfacing technology. The revolutionary delivery was made possible by the great flexibility and wear resistance qualities of the product, which will allow 20 karts on board to run on its non-slip surface at all times.

Jacco van Overbeek, director of the maritime division of Bolidt, said: “The product is ideal for this application. It’s tough and slip-resistant enough for safety reasons, but not slip-resistant enough to take away the thrill of the ride. RiMO came to our test facilities in the Netherlands to evaluate our wearing courses with their karts. Thanks to this collaboration, we were able to develop the optimal grip on the flooring system for the race track. The look and feel of the material must be authentic, and the end result is both functional and attractive. “

RIMO designed the track to NCL specifications and Bolidt worked with them to determine where the markings in the Bolideck Racetrack system needed to go, and how the deck finish would be refined under the side skirts and against the edges of the track in steel. The complete project involved the delivery of approximately 1350m2 of Bolideck Racetrack.

The race track is located on the ship’s upper decks, 18 and 19, and includes an observation deck, covered pit lane, workshop, storage room, timing system and floodlights. RiMO also supplied the electric racing karts which will use special technology to ensure their proper functioning in the very special conditions encountered at sea, with high levels of UV and salt water exposure.

Norwegian Joy, which can accommodate up to 4,200 passengers, is due to be handed over to NCL by Meyer Werft in late April. It is the first cruise ship built by NCL specifically for the Chinese market, and its home port will be in Shanghai and Tianjin. Its inaugural cruise is scheduled to begin in June of this year.


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