Making scooters fun again with race slicks, USD forks, hard tail, and more

If the Fast & Furious franchisee ever made a movie with a scooter trying to run away from the cops or the bad guys, this ANX Sprint Racer could just be their best hope to get away with. Oh! It can also slide under truck trailers for that.

Started life as a puny scooter from the mid-2000s—a Piaggio NRG, now it runs nitrous ( or what we love to call as NOS ), makes five times its original power, and weighs less than the skinnies girlfriend you’ve ever had.

ANX Sprint Racer: a NOS fueled custom Drag Scooter
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Nick Xiromeritis—an automotive designer and Mirko Toth - a chap who’d been working at a Scooter Centre in Cologne, plucked their brains to concoct a drag scooter, and go bonkers with it by adding Nitrous injection to bump the power up from the stock 4 hp to a heady 20 hp.

Yes, there are more powerful scooters out there, like the 76 hp Aprilia SRV 850, but it weighs a massive 570 lbs, while this boosted micro-sized Sprint Racer weighs in at 124 lbs only. Well, honestly, I don’t think I should be calling this a scooter anymore.

ANX Sprint Racer: a NOS fueled custom Drag Scooter
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Apart from the 50cc liquid-cooled, two-stroke mill, everything gets tossed out, including the frame and brackets. The Sprint Racer was worked on a redesigned hard tail structure with narrow seat perch, shorter steering head, stressed chassis, and a repurposed engine mounts that now hangs the motor.

The fuel tank was borrowed from a Kawasaki AR50 and reworked for the Sprint Racer. Other things borrowed down were the ape handlebars from a Honda V30 Magna installed upside-down on a mountain bike stem, a Ducati 999 intake funnel, and USD forks from Aprilia with a shorter 80mm travel.

ANX Sprint Racer: a NOS fueled custom Drag Scooter
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ANX Sprint Racer: a NOS fueled custom Drag Scooter
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The use of exquisite materials helps to keep down the weight to 124 lbs - Hand-formed aluminum number plate, chin pad, and a seat pan that gets carbon-fiber tail unit bolted onto it. The seat pan has titanium quick-release fasteners too. Rare 13-inch race slicks wrap the stock NRG wheels, and the Sprint Racer gets a custom paintjob with hand-painted pinstriping.

For the motor unit, they began with a Polini Evolution 70 cc kit with longer con-rods and a stage six crankshaft. Tether to it is Metrakit Prorace exhaust unit with a Jim Lomas carbon muffler, a Keihin carb unit, a Motoforce intake with a carbon reed box, and an Italkit ignition. The Malossi Delta CVT clutch is being tuned to be able to launch this thing from 6000 rpm. Hand formed ignition and transmission cover keeps things raw.

ANX Sprint Racer: a NOS fueled custom Drag Scooter
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ANX Sprint Racer: a NOS fueled custom Drag Scooter
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The pièce de résistance here is the Dynotune NOS system from Florida taking center stage. This system runs off the carb as a separate unit from the motor and is solenoid activated via a switch on the handlebar. Apparently, the chaps are still tuning it to pump out 10 hp more before it is time to go out racing.

Flip the switch, push that button, and see the world go past by like strobes of lights.

ANX Sprint Racer: a NOS fueled custom Drag Scooter
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Source: BikeExif

Sagar Patil
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Over the years, a deeper conscience of machines moving body and soul has given him a crisp grasp over the concepts of motorcycling. A sucker for details and common sense, he loves getting his hands dirty every once in a while. His love affair with motorcycles ushers in the specialist skillset making Sagar our go-to expert for everything on two-wheels.  Read More
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