When the Crazy Cart first launched in the USA, Canada and Australia last year, it made a huge splash. Not just for its awesome sideways drifting action, but because it featured quite frankly the best promotional video we've ever seen. Now, Razor has announced that its "ultimate drift machine" is available in the UK from August 1.
Before we continue, if you haven't yet seen it, you owe it to yourself to watch this video:
If that homage to the awesome Ken Block gymkhana videos doesn't make your wallet start burning a hole in your pocket, we recommend you check your pulse!
The Crazy Cart is a fairly simple concept. It has a small electric motor that drives a single wheel located in the center of the cart, towards the front. That wheel can be steered in 360 degrees using a small steering wheel, which features a little arrow that points in the direction the wheel is pointed.
At the rear of the cart sits a pair of caster wheels. As you drive along, at a maximum speed of 12 mph (nearly 20 km/h), the caster effect on those rear wheels pulls the back of the cart into line with the front wheel, so you're always driving forward.
When you pull on the "drift bar" at the side, it tilts the rear caster wheels so the caster effect is almost zero, which means the cart is free to face in just about any direction, no matter which way the front wheel is driving. You can do anything from driving straight backwards, to extreme sideways drifting, to spinning crazily on the spot. You don't need to worry too much about tipping it over, thanks to a couple of extra anti-tip caster wheels at the front.
It looks like absolutely ridiculous fun, and a handy way to calibrate your brain to sideways driving if you're thinking of getting into drifting in a bigger machine.
Unfortunately, the current Crazy Cart can only handle riders up to 140 lb (64 kg) so it's more of a kids' fun machine. With a bit of luck Razor will pull its finger out and make one us bigger lads can ride.
The Crazy Cart is available now in America, Canada and Australia, with those in the UK able to join the fun from August 1 for £499.99 (US$850).
Product page: Razor