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Approx Price $250
Battery Type Lead-Acid
Max Speed 12 mph
Max Weight 140 lbs
Target Age 8+

Bottom Line Up Front:

The Razor Ground Force Drifter Go-Kart is a fun and thrilling machine that will make you the neighborhood drift king!

While other Razor products designed for 8+ yr olds can be safely used with even younger kids, you might want to exercise some caution with this one, though.

Because of its speed and drifting ability, it may get away from very young riders. However, with proper supervision, it’s a fun, affordable go kart.

 

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Razor Ground Force Drifter Go Kart Review

There’s no doubt about what the Ground Force is: a road speedster go cart.  The Ground Force Drifter is pretty much the Razor Ground Force Go Kart with a race-tuned chassis and Super Slider POM (TM) rear wheels added for drifting. This machine is faster than some of the other entry-level Razor products designed for 8+ yr olds, like the Dune Buggy and E100 scooter.

Those topped out around 10 mph, but both the Ground Force and the Drifter variant can get up to 12 mph. It may not seem like much, but when you’re slung in 2 inches off the ground zipping along the neighborhood, it’s plenty!

One benefit of such a low riding design is that it’s quite hard to tip over, a good thing when you’re cornering or doing donuts. One downside of that, though, is the low profile makes it hard to see. It does come with a flag, but Razor understandably recommends this be kept to controlled environments free of traffic hazards and off public streets. Good advice with any motorized kids’ device, really, but especially with a low-riding go-kart.

Features of the Razor Ground Force Drifter:

  • Steel frame for durability and safety
  • Race-tuned chassis for maximum performance
  • Super Slider POM (TM) rear wheels for cool drifting
  • Upgraded rear axle for increased maneuverability and enhanced steering
  • Molded aluminum wheels front wheels with solid rubber tires
  • Quiet variable speed, chain driven motor
  • Easy to use handlebar throttle and brake
  • Shoulder seat belt and flag for operator safety
  • Up to 45 minutes or more of continuous use on a single charge
  • Powerful fun at speeds up to 12 mph

Other specifications:

  • Product Weight: 55 lbs
  • Assembled Product Dimensions: 41″ x 29″ x 16″
  • 24V (2 12V) sealed lead acid battery
  • Rechargeable UL approved battery and charger included
  • Small amount of assembly required; tools included

What really sets the Ground Force Drifter apart is its race-tuned chassis and super-slick rear wheels, which let you power slide through corners, throw fish tales, or perform fast 180s. Add in a thumb-trigger acceleration control and hand-operated rear brake and you’re ready for a serious go-kart adventure.

The Ground Force Drifter in action

This little guy seems to have the drifting down pat (though I’m not sure who’s having more fun, the rider or the cameraman). Also, he could have saved quite a few bucks on the price buying here. 🙂

This 5 yr old couldn’t get enough of his new Drifter

 

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Things that are great about it:
  • Solid performance, reliable Razor quality
  • Great performance for experienced riders, not too big for smaller riders
  • Fast and fun, but not too much for most riders
  • Super Slider rear wheels let you do some neat drifting tricks
  • Very maneuverable and agile
  • Steel frame and shoulder harness seat belt for rider safety
  • Small enough to easily store and transport
Things that could be better:
  • Not a large go kart, kids may outgrow it
  • Has just enough speed that it may be too much for very young riders
  • Too much drifting and the rear wheels will wear out faster
  • Safety flag isn’t very high visibility, especially with low clearance design

One of the really fun advantages of this go kart, the slick rear wheels and drifting ability, does come with an understandable downside:  the rear wheels will wear out faster than otherwise. Naturally, this is dependent on how you use it. If you don’t do too much drifting, they’ll last longer than if you do. Just something to think about.

One user’s Ground Force Drifter is the hit of the family

Robert S found that this go kart is great for all three of his kids…

I just got this for my kids, who are 5, 7, and 14. They love it! The 180 degree turns are fun, but it can also be controlled at slower speeds. My 5 year old isn’t ready to go all out yet, and he uses the throttle lightly for a slower ride. It seems very safe as long as it’s used away from traffic and obstacles. Definitely for paved areas, not grass.

Charge time is 12 hours, so it can only be used once a day in general. It was 40 degrees F today (about 4 degrees C) and we had it out for an hour. With downtime for changing riders, I’m guessing it lasted for about 40 minutes of ride time. Maybe it’ll last longer in warmer weather.

It went noticeably slower with the 140 lb. 14 year old riding, but was still fun for him. Razor tends to give age recommendations that seem high. This is probably good for ages 5 – 12. Teens will want something more powerful.

Check out Robert’s original Ground Force Drifter review here

 

Conclusion:

The Razor Ground Force Drifter Go Kart is an exciting electric go kart for riders 8 years old and up, with the possibility of use for younger riders if they’re ready and properly supervised. Razor took the original Ground Force and made it even more exciting with a race-tuned chassis and awesome rear drifting wheels

It may be too much for very young or inexperienced riders, but in a controlled, flat environment with proper supervision, this is a very fun go kart for a very affordable price.

 

 

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Razor Ground Force Drifter Go Kart: Fun Racer4.166666666666667admin2011-04-27 22:56:33Bottom Line Up Front:

The Razor Ground Force Drifter Go-Kart is a fun and thrilling machine that will make you the neighborhood drift king!

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