When it comes to go-karts, speed and efficiency are key. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t ride around in style. These seven incredible custom / homemade go-karts combine both form with function. Continue reading to see them all.
Think of the Kamikaze go-kart as your very own demolition derby vehicle that can be safely driven through flaming barrels and more. The R/C setup “consists of a transmitter, a receiver, and several actuators on the receiving end – either servos (electric motors that rotate to a specified position or speed) or relays (which turn electrical components on and off).”
Called the LOLriokart, this creation took MIT student Charles Guan one year and $300 to build. It’s powered by nickel-cadmium batteries and can reach speeds in excess of 25mph. According to Guan’s math, given its weight and motor power, the cart could have gone 45mph. That seemed a little risky, though, so he switched in a smaller motor sprocket, which cuts the rate at which the chain turns the rear axle.
3. Batman Tumbler Kart
That’s right, a real-life Batman Tumbler-inspired go-kart. Now you can pretend to ‘build it for your kids’ and then wear your Batman costume while driving it around the neighborhood. Unfortunately, riding it around town comfortably is another story.
4. Palatov DP4
Priced from $25,910 (DIY kit) – $50,610 (pre-built), the Palatov DP4 is the ultimate go-kart. It’s powered by “a motorcycle engine and a unique chain drive system, [which enables the vehicle to] be raced on kart tracks or full-sized courses.”
5. Busa Kart
The Busa Kart utilizes a 1300cc Hayabusa motorcycle engine and strengthened frame to handle the power. Though we’d like to see this compete in a drifting competition, it must be a blast to just ride around the neighborhood.
6. Neuro Kart
Created by wires99, this custom-built electric go kart’s frame was made from Home Depot gas pipes. Capable of speeds in excess of 60mph (100-plus kph), it’s powered by an ES-33 motor, Alltrax AXE-7234 controller, and six Optima D34 Yellow Top batteries — final drive approximately 3:1.
7. Jet Kart
This jet-powered go kart sports a MK101 Solent Gas Turbine Starter that produces 70bhp and 140.1bft torque. Other specs include a custom-built high pressure fuel system, lightweight alloy wheels, and a “ZIP Bandid Long Circuit” chassis.