This production all-electric go-kart just set a new speed record

Latvia-based Blue Shock Race used a 44-horsepower all-electric go-kart to set the new speed record at Gortlandring in Sweden.

Published on Sep 21, 2023 at 4:05PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Sep 22, 2023 at 11:11AM (UTC+4)

Edited by Kate Bain
This production all-electric go-kart just set a new speed record

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of blasting a go-kart around the track.

Even with a limited power output of 10 hp, they’re plenty fast due to the fact they’re so light.

So you can imagine how terrifying it’d be being behind the wheel of a go-kart with 44 horsepower.

READ MORE! This custom-built racer just smashed the world record for acceleration

A 44-horsepower all-electric go-kart is apparently fast enough to set a new speed record.

That’s what Latvia-based Blue Shock Race is claiming anyway.

Their lightly modified production go-kart, powered by a 25-kilowatt electric motor, apparently reached a top speed of 163 km/h (101.3 mph) to set the record.

The record was broken on a 1,936-foot (590-meter) straight section of Gortlandring circuit’s southern loop in Sweden.

Drawing juice from a 5.4 watt-hours swappable battery pack, the 265-pound (120-kilogram) go-kart was piloted by Swedish driver Leo Obrant.

“I have raced internal combustion engine karts, but the top speed in races for those is about 130-140 km/h,” Obrant said.

“I have never driven a go-kart this fast”.

The company’s all-electric go-kart lineup offers everything from kid-focused 2 hp motors to a 44-hp option.

In other words, the kart that set the new speed record, can actually be purchased.

According to their website, that top-of-the-line model can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) in about 3 seconds.

To put it into perspective, that’s around the same time as it takes the McLaren Senna to complete the dash.

That being said, the go-kart has a top speed of 135 km/h (84 mph), which is nowhere near the Senna’s 340-km/h (208-mph) top speed.

How the go-kart managed to reach 163 km/h is unclear, buit it might just be a case of the software limitation being removed.

The price for a full kart using the same CRY32-S15 chassis as the record-setting single-seater is $13,900.

The powertrain alone costs $10,700, but it can be fitted on any standard chassis.

While the production go-kart sounds epicly fast, it’s not quite as fast as the custom-built racer that recently set a new acceleration record, going from 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) in less than a second.

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