For those who don’t know, the Yamaha R6 is basically the street version of the company’s YZF-R1 super bike. Now imagine strapping the former on a go-kart, and you’ll get Chuck Graves’ custom creation. “In the pursuit of speed, motor heads will put as much power as possible into the lightest body possible. This time that combination takes place when Chuck Graves stuck a Yamaha R6 motorcycle engine into a go-kart,” according to Speed Society. Continue reading for video of an even crazier Yamaha R1-powered kart.
“Kart was bought for $5,000 plus shipping. It has had several owners. Previous owner from Georgia owned kart for literally two weeks then re-listed on eBay citing it was the most ridiculous thing he’d ever driven and there weren’t many places to use it. Originally this kart had 6 wheels (google images R1 go kart). It was drag raced and crashed due to the front wheels coming off the ground. One owner told the story of trying to get the major tire manufacturers to produce a tire that would allow the kart to attempt to go over 200mph and not blow up (find video below in description of tire blowing up with speedo reading 181mph). 150mph or higher is reached in fourth gear, there are six gears :). Kart has been sold and the new owner is putting paddle shifters and other goodies on it. The local police have had two driver suspects. Both suspects have been harassed/threatened by police. They think they know who the driver was, they’re wrong. He still remains a mystery,” according to the owner.