If you ever wondered what "giving it your all" looked like, this kartcross video is your answer

Take the engine from a Honda or a Kawasaki motorbike, weld it on a FIA-approved tubular chassis, add a dog-ring six-speed transmission, lightweight body panels and a few other bits and bobs like adjustable suspension, a differential and tires, of course.

The result is what folks call these days a crosskart, the open-wheel, pocket-sized alternative to a fully-fledged rally car.

OK, but what is kartcross?

Kartcross is a form or racing that originated and thrives in the Nordic countries, especially Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Latvia.

Essentially, to obtain kartcross you have to mix a track that’s covered in gravel, usually home to rallycross events, and crosskarts.

If the track bit is pretty straightforward, crosskarts come in a lot of shapes and guises. Plus, they’re split in classes, depending on displacement - there are crosskarts that use 125 cc, 250 cc, and even 650 cc motorcycle engines. An example of what a crosskart might look like you can find here.

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Typically, these go-fast concoctions are pretty light on their feet, uhm, wheels. They tip the scales at around 300 kilos/660 pounds (more or less, depending on the manufacturer) thanks to fiberglass body panels and midget car frame and can go from zero to 60 mph (96 kph) in as low as 3 seconds and top speeds of up to 130 mph (210 kph).

They’re rear-wheel-driven, of course, and their engines redline well past the 10,000 rpm mark, sometimes around 16,000 rpm. We’ll let the video below and the mad chainsaw-on-steroids sounds these things make be a testament to that.

Oh, and F1 driver Carlos Sainz raced his father in one of these crosskarts.

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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