I Raced In Segway’s $2,200 Electric Go-Kart – And Now I Really Want One

If going kart anywhere was safe, efficient, and magically weatherproof, I’d do it with Segway’s $2,200 Go Kart Pro and a dazzled helmet.

Well, the helmet would just be for safety. The Go Kart Pro, a mecha kit for Segway’s Ninebot scooter models, is at the heart of a 23 MPH racing experience that I had the chance to test myself. I knew my job was fun, but it’s not everyday that I ride a tire-lined track until I get dizzy.

Segway manufactures some of the best electric scooters, namely the Segway Ninebot eKickscooter Zing E10 and the Segway Ninebot Kickscooter Max. Last year, the company offered customers a way to turn a Ninebot S-compatible self-balancing transporter into something more exciting. Called mechas, these home modifications change the way you ride a Ninebot.

The Go Kart Pro Mech Kit features everything you imagine a kart needs and more. It has a steering wheel, two pedals, a pair of front wheels and a double braking system. There’s even a Bluetooth speaker that attaches to the neck of the steering wheel, letting you play your own tunes as you hit the trail. For the full effect of the demonstration, Segway threw fake engine sounds at my battery-powered Go Kart.

Segway Go Kart Bluetooth Speaker

Segway’s Go Kart Pro kit even comes with a Bluetooth speaker, so you can play your own tunes as you hit the track. (Image credit: future)

Believe it or not, I’ve never done a go-kart before. I imagined it would look like a $2 carnival ride – cramped and janky, and probably capable of causing whiplash. Then I realized that I didn’t know the difference between bumper cars and karts.

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There’s nothing cheap about Segway’s Go Kart Pro. It looks as sophisticated as a miniature car, which makes anyone with curls look cool. At least I thought so as I prepared for my first lap, with a little more guidance than which pedal was the throttle and which pedal was the brake. I tapped the gas carefully at first to gauge the engine’s sensitivity, and stopped once or twice to create a sense of security. But then all eyes were on the finish line.

The kart shook my body just enough to make it fun without hurting my neck or ribs.

My competitive nature compelled me to run over my running mate, another member of the media checking out Segway’s 2022 scooters on the company’s California campus. With equal speeds, whoever navigated the corners of the course better would win. Again, I was cautious at first, feeling the right amount of wheel spin and pedal pressure to shift smoothly. After the first round, I understood.

I was surprised at how safe and balanced I felt on what my grandmother would call a death trap so close to the ground. Even through the tightest corners of the makeshift course, the kart traveled with intent. My body jiggled just enough to make it fun without hurting my neck or ribs.

It’s hard to remember when I won given how long I was on the track that day. The Ninebot’s battery touts a range of 15.5 miles, which I think translated to about 75 laps on the course I rode. That could easily cover my daily commute back home if, you know, it was possible to go kart through Manhattan.

I imagine the Go Kart Pro kit would be fun for a group of neighborhood kids to race around low-traffic suburban streets. Me? I would turn my large, non-existent garden into a small track with asphalt and spray-painted tires. This way I could perfect my powerdrift.

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