Razor GF Go Kart Razor GF Drifter Kart
Razor Ground Force Go Kart and Drifter Kart Compared
This is my fully independent review of these 2 very popular electric karts manufactured by the Razor company.
Although they look quite similar and are made by the same company, there are some very important differences that you need to consider when choosing which one to buy for your child.
Before looking at the differences between the Karts, let’s look at some of the great features that are shared by both products.
6 Similarities Between the Razor Go Kart and Drifter Kart
The 6 most obvious similarities are:
#1 Age Suitability / Maximum User Weight
Both Karts have a recommended age suitability of 8 years+ and a maximum user weight limit of 140 lbs.
#2 Top Speed
Both Karts come fitted with high torque motors that produce a top speed of about 12 mph using the variable speed throttle.
I consider this to be a pretty decent top speed for kids of this age group and is fast enough to entertain them without causing you to worry too much about them not being able to manoeuvre the Go Kart safely. They ought to be able to bring these Karts to a stop pretty quickly if the need arises.
Despite the relatively low top speeds of these Karts, I would always advise you to ensure that your child wears a safety helmet. It doesn’t have to be a racing-car style helmet – a bike or scooter helmet will be sufficient to protect the most vulnerable parts of their head.
Not only does the Go Kart have a good top speed, but it also accelerates away at a reasonable rate thanks to the high torque motor.
#3 Variable Speed Throttle
Unlike some electric ride toys, both of these Karts come with variable speed throttles instead of the more basic “full on / full off” type throttle. The throttle is hand-operated as is the brake mechanism. You simply use your right hand to adjust the speed of the Go Kart and your left hand to operate the lever brake to slow it down more quickly or bring it to a complete stop.
Although the Karts are not entirely silent, their motors are pretty quiet – something that your neighbours will be relieved about.
#4 Charging Time
Both Karts have a charging time of 4-6 hours between uses, which is considered to be very good for electric ride toys.
Importantly, this short charging time means that your child would be able to have a drive around in the morning and then charge the battery over lunchtime so that they can have another go later in the day. In addition, you can also buy extra batteries for these Karts.
#5 Usage Time Per Charge
Both Karts have a usage time of about 45 minutes per charge.
This is long enough for your child to get 7-8 miles out of their Kart and is very reasonable in my opinion. Anyway, you probably won’t want your child to be driving around all day in an electric kart since it is probably a good idea for them to actually get some exercise at some stage too!
#6 Steel Frame
When you are spending this sort of money on a Kart, you want it to last.
Fortunately, both Ground Force Karts come with durable steel frames to help them survive the sort of vibrations, bumps and scrapes that you would expect of this type of toy.
3 Big Differences Between the Razor Go Kart and Drifter Kart
The 3 most important differences are:
At the time of writing this post, the Razor Ground Force Go Kart costs about $240.
The Razor Dune Buggy costs about $263.
So, the extra drifting functionality will cost an extra $20-25 or so when you first buy the Kart.
However, you will also need to bear in mind the reduced lifespan of the Drifter Kart’s rear tires when determining its full extra cost. (see below)
#2 Rear Tires
The one real problem with the Razor Ground Force Drifter Kart is that the rear tires wear out quite quickly and need to be replaced. This is a bit annoying, but I suppose it is only to be expected given the fact that your kids will be drifting around street corners on it. This sort of friction is bound to take its toll on the tires, but you need to think carefully about whether or not you can afford to replace the rear tires every few months before buying one of these Drifter Karts.
So, getting hold of replacement rear tires is not difficult, but it is an added expense that you will need to bear in mind before buying this Kart. You can buy spare tires here.
The Standard Go Kart Model has no such problems with the rear tires wearing out and so, if you don’t want to pay for replacement tires every so often, the normal Razor Electric Go Kart might be the better option.
#3 Drifting Function
It is much easier to demonstrate rather than try to explain the drifting feature of this Kart in words. Just watch the video below and see it for yourself.
The Razor Ground Force Electric Karts in Action
The Razor Ground Force “Go” Kart Videos:
The Razor Ground Force “Drifter” Kart Videos:
Where to Buy Razor Ground Force Electric Karts
Standard Electric Go Kart
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