Everybody’s heard of Segway. Whether you’ve used them to commute (people do it, trust us), head off on off-road adventures or join in one of those organised and embarrassing Segway tours on an overpriced city break, the cool executive toy is now a household name in unnecessary gadgets.
Well, unnecessary no more, as Segway-Ninebot has now introduced a go-kart, and you have to have it. Twice the wheels – twice the fun.
The kart is made up of a detachable Segway miniPRO 320 combined with a go-kart kit. The kit’s frame can be adjusted to fit riders from 4’5” to 6’3” with a maximum payload of 100kg. Fun for all the family, then.
The real excitement of the Segway-Ninebot Electric Gokart, though, is the mechanical handbrake, meaning proper drifting and sliding about is not just doable but encouraged. A reverse gear is also fitted, activated with just a double tap of the brake pedal.
It has two motors with a maximum 800w power, meaning a 15mph (24kph) top speed, although this can be restricted if youngsters are behind the wheel. In Sport mode, range is 13 kilometres, although the Novice mode – with a maximum 8kph speed – can keep going for 19km. It’s the tortoise and the hare conundrum. Except it’s not. Go for the Sport.