Very excited to review the Razor Ground Force Drifter Kart, an excellent buy. These electric karts are a lot of fun. My kids love them.
My kids love speed. They get it from me. I grew up racing and enjoy driving. It must be in our blood but my kids took to cars and racing without any prompting from me. At age three, I bought my oldest his first motorized go-kart and when my second son turned three, he got to start driving as well. Prior to that we had a few small Power Wheels units that did not last long.
The problem with the gas powered go-karts that were my first purchase for my kids is that we can’t drive them anywhere near our home. It’s a lot of work to get them ready as well; making sure they have fuel and at times they are hard to start.
I had been keeping my eye on Razor Ground Force Drifter Kart on Amazon.com, reading reviews and looking at prices. My kids had received a few Power Wheels as gifts a few years back, but they did not last. It didn’t take long before the wheels started to split and they were not very fast. Even after I modified the Power Wheels by adding extra batteries (Modified Power Wheels Lil Dune Racer), my kids wanted more speed. A decent Power Wheels is going to cost at least $350 if not more and the wheels are still going to be plastic. I did not want to go down that road again.
One of the things I noticed my kids loved was to go fast and spin out. They love sliding and getting sideways. This love for power-sliding is what led to the demise of my oldest’s first Power Wheels (Power Wheels Drifting). The wheels split and eventually broke in half. This is why I began looking for something else.
The Razor Ground Force Drifter Kart is not a very smooth ride. The tires are made from hard plastic which is meant to make it easier to drift. There is no suspension on these go-karts but my kids don’t seem to mind at all. The frame itself is very strong, these karts were much heavier than I thought they would be. Though I see myself lifting these karts into my truck dozens of times this summer, I would rather buy something strong that can handle the abuse my kids will put on them.
The steering wheel is quite a reach from the seat for little kids. My boys have to lean forward quite a bit to reach it. On the steering wheel is a variable throttle and a brake. The brake is a belt brake that grips a drum on the rear axle. This makes it easy for the rider to lock up the rear end and slide better. It also stops the kart well considering the tires are so slick. The brake also cuts power to the electric motor so the rider can not accidentally apply throttle and brake at the same time.
Just about everything is pretty well protected on these karts. On the front steering components there is a shield that helps protect from dirt and perhaps your kids shoelaces from getting caught up. As mentioned before, the frame is steel as is the floor pan. The floor pan has no exposed areas to the ground keeping little feet safe from the road. The seat is ok but could be a bit more form fitting. I instructed my kids to hold onto the steering wheel tight when they slid through the corners. During a hard slide, I noticed my kids wanted to let go of the steering wheel as if to brace themselves for a fall. I explained to them that there is no way these karts will tip over when they slide. The karts weight about 65 lbs.
Though I expect many months of run with little to no maintenance, Razor Drifter Kart replacement batteries are only Razor Ground Force Drifter Kart Replacement Batteries. On Razor’s own website the price for parts are not too bad. The rear tires will most likely need replacing in a few months due to all of the sliding around on asphalt. That is no big deal at $24.99 for a set.
Assembly was simple. You have to install the seat and the steering wheel. Both were easy to install with the included wrench. Since my kids saw the boxes as I was unloading them, I was thankful that the assembly process was quick and easy. From the moment I cracked the boxes open, they were scratching at me to drive them. My boys get very excited at the opportunity to drive anything.
My only real complaint about the kart is the exposed drive chain. One of my boys drove their kart off of a sidewalk in a parking lot we were driving them in and the chain and sprocket hit the cement ledge on the way down. This could have broke the chain and bent the sprocket but thankfully it didn’t. My only fear was that it would be hard to replace parts should something break. You can buy new chain but I have yet to find somewhere that sells the sprocket.
I have yet to time it, but charging the karts does not seem to take too terribly long. My oldest is still four years old so both my boys are pretty light riders. The manual says these karts will go for 40 minutes but we have easily put close to an hour of driving on a single charge. I would imagine the battery would not last as long for heavier riders. I climbed into the kart myself and though it held my weight, it was far to much of a strain on the motor. I don’t recommend trying to drive your kids karts if you want the motor to last very long.
Having a background in racing and small motorized vehicles, I can tell if something is going to last. I have yet to look under the plastic cover that protects the batteries, motor and controller, but the rest of the kart is quality. I paid less than $250 per kart on Amazon.com and it was well worth the price. As an Amazon Prime subscriber, shipping was free and they were delivered to my door in four days.
When you compare the Razor Ground Force Drifter Kart to what you can get at Toys R Us or Walmart for the equivalent price, you can’t beat the Razor Kart. My only frustration is that I didn’t buy it earlier.
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