5 Insane, Street-Legal Go-Karts for Grown-Ass Men

5 Insane, Street-Legal Go-Karts for Grown-Ass Men

How fast can a 3000w go-kart go?

What Size Electric Motor Do I Need for My Go Kart?

Motor Output Driver Weight Speed (MPH)
1,600 W 180 lbs (81.65 kg) 31.3 mph
1,800 W 180 lbs (81.65 kg) 32.8 mph
2,000 W 180 lbs (81.65 kg) 34.2 mph
3,000 W 180 lbs (81.65 kg) 39.8 mph


Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring LE

Source: midwestpolaris.com
Source: midwestpolaris.com

Let’s start with the cheapest go-kart on the list, Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring LE. This vehicle will make you feel special, not just because of its uniqueness and luxury but also because there are less than 300 of them made globally. And with a base price of just under 34k, Polaris Slingshot is one of a kind three-wheel bullet that has the potential to make you money in the long run.

Polaris is one of the least powerful cars on this list, with 203 bhp and 144 pounds of torque produced by GM Ecotec 2.4L DOHC 4 Cylinder engine. Zero to 60 mph time is also not that impressive, considering it only weighs 1,640 lbs, but at 4.9 seconds is not all bad at all compared to your regular cars. A top speed of 124 mph is also not something to brag about but do you need to go faster than that?

There are other trim levels that Polaris comes in, S, SL, SLR, and Grand Touring. If you do not want to spend 35 grand on the LE or cannot get your hand on one because no one can, you can buy Polaris S for as low as $20,999.

And in case you are wondering, Polaris does not come with an airbag. For that reason, some states might require you to wear a helmet.

How fast is a 500cc go kart?

Speeds of the 400-500cc go karts reach the top end of what is recommended for these buggies near almost 60 MPH. The durable construction is able to transport up to 500 lbs. of cargo without sluggish performance while the manufacturers continue to keep an eye on safety innovations and implementations.


How to Make a Go Kart Street Legal

Well for starters, I would consider doing this to something more like buggy as opposed to a go kart made for track racing. Some of the requirements will already be met on some karts like headlights, seat belts, and a round steering wheel.

Install All Required Parts – Try Looking in a Salvage Yard

You may be wondering, where would you get parts. You can try hitting a salvage yard for either used car parts or possibly even better a four wheeler salvage yard with ATV’s and UTV’s. Since many UTV’s are built to be street legal already and they are similar in size to some karts. You can pull salvage parts cheap and not worry about breaking the bank to do your conversion. Once you have all the parts…

First I would add the required safety gear safety gear that you would have on a normal car. I would Install the steering wheel, windshield, tail lights, headlights, turn signals, safety belts, brakes (including a parking brake), rear and side view mirrors, engine hood, a speedometer, and an odometer. Then thoroughly check everything to make sure its safe and secured to the vehicle.

Speed Test at a DMV

Once all of the modification was complete I would move on to speed testing my kart. In order to be considered safe it must meet certain speed requirements to be drivable on the road. To speed test your go kart you can call your local Department of Motor Vehicles to complete a speed test and have your go kart verified.

An Officer of the Law Must Inspect it First

Before a DMV official allows you to take a speed test he will have a police officer check your vehicle for proper installation and safety equipment. If you pass the initial inspection than the DMV official will perform the speed test with you.

NOTE: Do not drive your Go Kart to the DMV, you will get a ticket and it will be impounded. 

How to Pass the Speed Test

You should first fill the gas tank before taking your test to ensure your engine runs smoothly. If  your go kart goes faster than 25 miles per hour as its top speed, it will fail. If it does not exceed 25 mph and the go kart meets the required safety standards the DMV inspector will deem street legal. Congratz!

Caterham Seven 360

The origins of the Caterham Seven date back to the mid-1950s, when the British carmakers at Lotus built their version of the Seven as an entry-level replacement for their Mark VI. That car went on to become legendary in both the racing world and the larger automotive world — even after Lotus killed it off. It was then that Caterham bought the rights to the design and started producing their own versions of the little roadster. Today, the Caterham Seven 360 is the culmination of decades of racing, engineering, and design. And it has an insane power-to-weight ratio, with its 180-horsepower engine and a curb weight of just under 1,290 pounds. Done up with loads of carbon fiber, both inside and out, this is a classically-styled go-kart loaded with modern components that make for a whole lot of fun, whether you’re hitting the race track or just going for a quick spin around the neighborhood.

Horsepower: 180 Torque: 143 Seats: 2

Purchase: $45,400+

Elemental RP1

Most of the go-karts on our list look either like a car with all the external bits taken off or like something out of a 1980s sci-fi epic. Clearly, neither of those options are for everyone. If you like your cars to look like cars, rather than space fighters or Mad Max mobiles, then the Elemental RP1 might just be the street-legal go-kart for you. Of course, it’s not all looks, either. The RP1 is powered by your choice of two Ford power plants — a 2.0L EcoBoost or the 2.3L option. What that translates to is a horsepower of 280-320, a 0-60 time between 2.8-2.6 seconds, and a maximum speed of 155-165 mph. The bigger point is this: the RP1 is a lightning-quick two-seater street-legal go-kart that can go toe-to-toe with the best of them and looks damn good while doing it. And if you’re not fond of the idea of getting bugs in your teeth, there’s even an optional windscreen to stave off the flies.

Horsepower: 280-320 Torque: Up To 332 Seats: 2

Purchase: $100,000+

About Me

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Goran, and I am a passionate Go-Kart enthusiast, a husband, and a father to a beautiful girl. This blog was started in 2019 out of love for Go-Karts and everything that they offer. I hope you like what I am sharing, but please feel free to let me know if you don't. Also, sharing my blog on your social media profiles would be very appreciated.

Ariel Atom 3RS


The Ariel Atom is a street-legal go-kart for automotive purists. It strips away the frivolous luxuries of every traditional sports car and even those of most of its competitors. This is a high-performance, no-nonsense, race-track-ready ride built for speed and fun. In the early 2000s, it became the world’s third fastest accelerating production car just behind the Bugatti Veyron and has since continued to make and break dozens of records. If speed is your priority, it doesn’t get any better than the Atom. Just bring your wallet — a customized version of the company’s flagship, built-to-order Ariel Atom 3RS starts near $120,000.


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