The Taipan II
What's New in the Taipan II
After 20 years of success the Taipan has had a major overhaul - more driver room, new steering & brakes, and more engine options. The Taipan's original plans have been completely reworked with the latest computer models to give twice as many drawings with unmatched detail and clarity.
Suiting motors up to 14hp or 250cc...
An off-roader with rack & pinion steering, heavy duty frame, ATV wheels, a lot more internal room, hydraulic disc brake & suits industrial motors up to 14hp or 250cc bike motors.
Full roll cage...
The Taipan II is The Edge Products biggest off road kart, featuring a full box frame, full adult-size rollcage structure, rack & pinion steering, and more power for the daring.
Multiple motor choices...
Power comes from either a 9-14hp industrial motor and CVT torque converter for automatic convenience or a motorcycle motor up to 250cc for outright speed and power.
Light but strong...
Lightweight yet structurally stiff, the Taipan II can take a pounding. Sturdy axles, steering and running gear lets you give it 100% and it comes back wanting more. Fitting it with a motorcycle motor gives wheel-spinning performance, while an industrial motor provides off the shelf reliability.
Simple with performance & toughness...
The key to the Taipan’s success is that it is simple to build, materials are readily available, and it gives the performance and toughness the old 250 Honda Odyssey only dreamed of.
Easy & Comprehensive Plans
The Taipan II plans include over 80 pages of comprehensive instructions and build steps. They can be purchased in a printed book or in digital form ready for immediate download (and at a discounted price). The 2D detailed drawings are derived from full 3D CAD models for ultimate clarity and precision. The Taipan II plans lay out the complete chassis, brakes, pedals, all brackets, floor pan, gearshift and complete steering setup. Instructions for several different engine/transmission options are included to suit any build. Many of the vehicle systems are broken down into sub-assemblies for ease of construction.
Check out some of our customer Taipans
Box section Chassis and full tubular Rollcage structure
Quick-turn rack & pinion
Industrial motor (9hp up to 14hp) or motorcycle motor up to 250cc
Comet 40 series CVT torque converter for industrial motors, or motorcycle engine gearbox
No suspension, relies on 21" and 22" ATV tyres
Single rear hydraulic disc brake
Front - 21x7x10" tyres on steel rims
Rear - 22x11x8" tyres on steel rims
0-50kph in 4 seconds
What does it cost to build?
Buying the raw materials, fabricating and welding the Taipan II parts yourself to the plans will cost approximately $1,950 to $2,500 Australian dollars minus motor depending on how much of the componentry you produce yourself.
Suitable Engine Types
The Taipan design gives the builder a choice of using either 9-14hp industrial motors or up to 250cc bike motors
Industrial motors offer fantastic reliability, coupled with the convenience of an automatic transmission (torque converter). The Edge products is able to supply a range of industrial motors and related parts for those choosing the industrial motor option.
For wheel spinning performance, the following bike motors (among others) would be suitable:
Most quad bike 250cc engines.