Motor necessary to power a small cart

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Is a 6.5kg/cm torque motor enough to move (let.s say at 6km/h) a small go cart and a kid (total w. about 45kg)?

this is the motor: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T48KC1Q/?tag=pfamazon01-20

PS: this is not for a homework but for a for-fun project.
 

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Right offhand I'd say no. It looks like the RPM is 200, and I'm assuming the torque is 6.5 kg-cm(?). So available torque at 1:1 ratio on a 25 cm diameter tire would be about half that, or 3.25 kg-cm. To get to 6 km/hr with the same tire you would need about 3:1 speed increase, which would reduce the torque to about 1.1 kg-cm. With all the other considerations (rolling resistance, elevation increases in common roads, even flat ones) I don't see it working.

Anyone else?
 
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Power = Torque * angular velocity
Power in Watts
Torque in Nm
angular velocity in rads/s

200rpm = 200*2*pi/60 = 21rads/s
6.5 kg.cm = 0.64 Nm

So that motor develops....

Power = 21 * 0.64 = 13W

Google says Kids carts typically use 500W motors and adult carts 1500W.

So way too small.
 
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