These guys sure know how to have fun!

Go-karting is super fun with those tiny, low-slung, low-power karts ripping the specifically-designed tracks. But what happens when you bring around a mainstream hatchback and drive it there? Just think about it. It sounds so much fun. Obviously, you’ll need precision and impeccable driving skills to actually have fun; or else it could get really frustrating when you have to reverse your car on a sharp turn. Well, here’s a video uploaded by LeMans Karting where you can see a 1972 Honda Z600 being ripped around an indoor go-kart track. Guess it’s time to move on from those big, bulky builds from SEMA and enjoy this cargasmic video in the shrunken reality.

Skillful Driving At Its Best

Fastest lap was a 1:11:40!

Posted by LeMans Karting Greenville - Spartanburg on Wednesday, October 30, 2019

In the video, you can see the black 1972 Honda Z600 being taken on the go-karting track.

This indoor track sure has a lot of twists and turns, but the driver expertly maneuvered the Japanese car to wind up the lap in a minute and 11 seconds.

As the company’s page says, “this ’72 Honda Z 600 isn’t just for show at LeMans Karting! It is track tested and race-ready.” If the end result is to market the track, I’d say job well done! Will LeMans Karting let us drive this Honda Z600 around the track? I’m not very sure because the website doesn’t throw up that option. This track, by the way, is located in Duncan, South Carolina.

What the Hell is a Honda Z600?

Posted by LeMans Karting Greenville - Spartanburg on Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Honda Z600 belonged to Honda’s ‘Z’ series. It was offered with a couple of different engines depending on the market, but the U.S. received the "larger" 0.6-liter engine models.

The Z600 made its debut in 1970 and was marketed until 1973, right before the Civic was introduced.

Oh, and it looks a lot like the new Honda E. Guess we know where the company took inspiration from while designing its new urban electric car. Fun fact: The Z600 was sold at motorcycle dealerships back then because Honda did not have a standalone car dealership until the Civic was launched.

1972 Honda Z600 specifications
Engine 0.6-liter, two-cylinder
Horsepower 36 HP
Torque 32 LB-FT
Transmission three-speed automatic
0 to 60 mph 24.2 seconds
Top Speed 75 mph

For you spec aficionados, the 0.6-liter, two-cylinder engine made 36 horses and 32 pound-feet of torque. Power was sent to the front wheels via a four-speed manual transmission or a three-speed automatic gearbox. According to some websites,

the Z600 took 24.2 seconds to hit the 60 mph mark from a standstill and went all the way up to 75 mph before losing steam.

Isn’t this a perfect pocket-sized rocket?

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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