Contact Us

MIT Student Invents Real Life ‘Mario Kart’

chibikart mario kart mit go-kart

Science and engineering have given us so many things that mankind once thought were mere fantasy: the gift of flight, fax machines, the toaster. Now, the march of progress continues to this day with this real-life creation of pop-culture transportation.

A mechanical engineering student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology built a miniature go-kart called the “Chibikart.” It look crude, but it’s actually a very sturdy and zippy electric-powered vehicle. It also looks and moves just like the rides in the various ‘Mario Kart’ racing games.

Subscribe to TheFW on

The “Chibikart’s” inventor, known only as Charles, documented the three-week build of this very fun looking vehicle on his blog. It also cost a couple of thousand dollars in parts including the steel frame, go-kart motor and lawnmower seat, but any first-year engineering student should have no trouble getting their fellow weekend engineers together to successfully build it in exchange for a test drive. Instructions for banana peel launchers and turbo mushrooms aren’t listed, but we’re sure MIT’s food science laboratory is working on them.

A lot of YouTubers and bloggers are comparing Charles’ creation to the ‘Mario-Kart’ and while we can’t deny its similarity, another more apt comparison crept its way into our brains as we watched the video of the kart’s inaugural run. The 1:00 mark features a rear shot of the kart winding through the building’s cold, endless hallways and we couldn’t help but think it looks eerily similar to a young Danny Torrence riding around the spooky corridors of the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining.’

It only makes us wish even more that we could play with it forever…and ever…and ever.

Recommended for You

Around the Web

Best of TheFW

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for TheFW quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!