Sometimes you can buy a toy for yourself and pretend you bought it for a child. That won't be the case with the Crazy Cart XL. It's a new version of Razor's original Crazy Cart that was released last year. It's been made bigger and more powerful, especially for grown-ups who should know better.
When Gizmag first covered the Crazy Cart, we commented on how much fun it looked to use. We also bemoaned the fact that it was only designed to carry riders of up to 140 lb (64 kg) and implored Razor to create a larger version specifically for adults. Happily, it's done just that.
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The basic principle of the original Crazy Cart is that it can be switched between a standard go-cart mode and a drifting mode. The cart is powered by an electric motor. It has a single wheel at the front that can be turned through 180 degrees and a pair of caster wheels at the rear. In ordinary go-cart mode, the casters are mounted at an angle, making them closely follow the direction of the front wheel. By lifting the "drift bar," however, the user can raise the cart up directly above the casters, removing the angle and allowing the chassis to rotate around the front wheel.
The Crazy Cart XL is 44 inches (112 cm) long and 30 inches (76 cm) wide, a considerable increase from the 37-in (94-cm) length and 24-in (61-cm) width of the original version. It is powered by a 500 W motor that can produce a top speed of 17 mph (27 km/h). The drift bar has been modified to a dual-link setup, making it easier to lift the weight of the driver, which can now be up to 220 lb (100 kg). The rear caster wheels have also been increased to a width of 15 mm (0.6-in), with sturdier aluminum casters.
The XL is powered by a 36 V battery system, which sits below the seat of the cart. The batteries can be changed quickly and easily by tilting the seat forward, disconnecting them at the wire clip and lifting them out. The seat itself is now larger and the steering wheel has also been increased in size.
The Crazy Cart XL will be available from December and will retail at US$799.
The video below provides an introduction to the Crazy Cart XL and shows it in action.