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Razor Makes Adult-Sized, Driftalicious Crazy Cart XL

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A while ago we heard about the Crazy Cart, by Razor. This was a small, one-wheeled, battery-powered cart with a hand-actuated lever that would lift the back end and allow it to swing freely from side to side. This meant one thing only: drifts galore! But it was pretty small and would handle people up to 140 lbs at most. Now, however, comes news of the Crazy Cart XL, a version made to handle adult-sized adults. Along with the larger frame (which can accommodate a person up to 240lbs) comes a more powerful 500W electric motor that can reach a speed of up to 17 mph. The one high-torque wheel can turn 180 degrees in either direction, providing propulsion forwards as well as backwards. And battery run-time will have you doing donuts and going sideways for up to 40 minutes at a time.

Watch the video, you’ll understand why this little cart is deserving of the “crazy” moniker. At $800, it seems reasonably priced. But know that they’re only making 1,600 units, which are available for pre-order on Toys R’ Us.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Pull Up To The Green Like What? That’s A Tumbler Golf Cart, Son

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We gotta give Hammacher Schlemmer credit for stocking the most outlandish vehicles on their website, alongside other mundane items like sandals and iPhone cases. This time you’re looking at a golf cart that’ll turn a head or three next time you tee off. Inspired by Batman’s car from the 2005-2012 films, this Tumbler Golf Cart is just awesome and not short on features:

The cart rolls on six course-friendly tires—the rear four are smaller 28″ versions of the originals from the movie vehicle. Powered by a 6-horsepower, battery-powered electric go-cart motor, the cart can reach 38 mph for quick follow-up shots or to retrieve an errant Bat-slice. Its sleek, all-black alloy body replicates the movie vehicle’s rear afterburner while its twin aerodynamic wings fold around the passenger compartment to protect occupants from incoming golf balls. Its 4-link rear suspension provides a smooth ride over fairways, rough, and paths, while rear disc brakes provide confident stops. With adjustable leather seats, cup holders, iPad stand, and lights

You do realize, of course, that if you’re interested in being that guy, you’re going to have to pony up a pretty penny. $35,000 worth, to be exact.

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Track N Go: An Easy-To-Use System Of Tracks For Your Vehicle

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If you’re the kind of person who bought a serious off-road vehicle, you just might also be the kind of person who’s going to actually want to use that vehicle off road. But even the toughest utility vehicle on the planet will eventually be challenged by deep snow. Mounting tracks on your truck is usually a very time consuming experience, requiring serious mods and a lot of money in addition to the tracks themselves. Not so with the Track N Go. Just drive over the tracks and spend an estimated 15 minutes hooking it up. That’s for the 4 wheels, not each! And just like that you’ll be able to drive up to 21mph in deep snow.

Of course, we say “just like that” but it’s not that simple: Track N Go is expected to cost around $25,000, regardless of the vehicle it’s used on.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Mood Cars? This Nissan Changes Color, Depending on the Temperature

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Remember those mood rings that were so popular back in the day? The ones that came with a fancy stone in the middle that apparently changed color, depending on your mood? You probably already know by now that those rings didn’t really change in color based on your mood; rather, they turned from one shade to another because of the temperature.

Following the same concept is UK body shop Auto Kandy who coated this Nissan with temperature-sensitive paint, effectively turning it into a “mood car” of sorts.

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Go Cruisin’ on the Scrooser Electric Scooter

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Vespas can be incredibly bulky, although they’re relatively comfortable to ride on. Segways can cut your travel time down in half, but it can also make you look like a fool in the process if you’ve got poor balance. The solution? The Scrooser, a hybrid vehicle that looks like a cross benween a Vespa and a Segway.

The Scrooser is an electric scooter, but it’s not the like the usual ones where all you have to do is sit and twist the throttle to go your merry way. Instead, you’ve got to give it a good kick-off by standing up and kicking at the ground to move it along. The direct-drive 1,000-watt electric motor helps you along by amplifying that initial burst of speed with four times as much power.

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“I Want A Flying Electric Bicycle…” Said No One Ever

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And yet here we are, looking at an unwieldy creation from a trio of Czech companies. Featuring two grotesquely huge propellers, the 209lbs remote controlled bike was indeed airborne in front of a group of reporters for all of five minutes. A styrofoam dummy had to be used instead of a human because the rig needs more powerful propellers if it hopes to be able to carry a human payload. We’re not sure what kinds of speeds it reached but seeing as the test was done indoors, we’re guessing not very fast. All of which brings the question of why? On the road this thing would be impractical; it’s too wide and long to be of any use. Not to mention that to land a 4+ wheeled flying vehicle is pretty hard as it is, so imagine on two wheels? No one in their right mind would ever agree to ride one so… Right? No, clearly this is more of a proof of concept than anything that could turn into an actual product. We’re glad the Czech are having fun.

[ AP Article ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

This R2-D2 Vespa Is Unfortunately Not For Sale

We wish we were clever enough to make all kinds of funny Star Wars references while writing about the above scooter, but sadly we were born creatively challenged. So instead of entertaining you while writing, we’re just going to flat out tell you… what you’re clearly able to see anyway. You’re looking at a Vespa that was lovingly modified to look a lot like R2-D2. Using “some meticulous cutting of adhesive vinyl”, the Vespa went from classic scooter to most awesome scooter this side of the galaxy (there… that’s a start…) We particularly like the suitcase on the back with stickers from other galaxies, far far away.

Want more pics? Hit the jump.

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The Gibbs Quadski Does 45mph On Land Or Water

This vehicle really looks like it should be in a Bond movie, or at the very least in some action flick with a spiffy chase. We think that being able to go 45mph on land or water, with nothing but a 4 second transition period gives the Gibbs Quadski some pretty serious cred. Powered by a BMW Motorrad K1300 engine, the Quadski is able to retract its wheels at the push of a button and give the rider the same level of performance in water than it does outside. Previous such vehicles have topped out at 10mph, which we agree is a ridiculous speed at which to have any kind of chase. Note however that as much as it looks like a AWD ride, it’s actually RWD. We’re not familiar enough with ATVs to know if that still qualifies it as a “quad”, but we’re not here to argue semantics. We can just tell you that if you want one, you’ll have to be ready to pay $40,000 when it goes on sale in November.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

iShoes Might Get You iKilled

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By Evan Ackerman

In general, I’m a fan of the idea of slapping engines on things that weren’t designed for them. And motorized roller skates sure sound brilliant… The iShoes are slick looking and have some reasonably impressive specs: top speed of 15 mph, hand controller, 5-7 mile range on electric batteries, large wheels for high speed stability, and they only weigh 8 pounds each. But then you see the promo video:

It’s more than just silly looking, I think the only way you could make something less graceful would be to put a few pairs of these on a moose (c’mon, just picture it). I guess it makes sense since these iShoes are only a prototype and not yet ready for market (although they will be), but I’d definitely recommend all kinds of safety equipment and a mastery of the old and busted non-motorized versions before you try out these bad boys at top speed. Oh, and unfortunately, they’re only available in men’s 8-12 and women’s 7-10, and I wear a men’s 13. Damn my giant freak feet, damn them!

[ iShoes ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]