Video: CrossKart Looks Like My Kind Of Nordic Madness

Scandinavia is home to some of the most innovative auto enthusiasts in the world,. CrossKart is just another example of their endless inventiveness. Basically simplified versions of American Midget racers, CrossKart boils down motorsports to its purist. Oh, and it looks hella fun. People still say hella, right?

Classes are divided by engine size, with 125cc, 250cc, and 650cc vehicles being the most popular. The original CrossKart concept came about in the early 1980s, with the idea of developing a simple and cheap racing series with a heavy emphasis on fun, and CrossKart seems to have that in spades. The only improvement I would make is to make the cars all electric like a certain ice racing series, but that won’t happen until battery prices come way, way down.

This is my first introduction to the Nordic concept, and the hybrid race car/go-kart tearing up the dirt and drifting across the track with equal gusto makes me want to buy a plane ticket. With America’s favorite motorsport in desperate need of a new direction, perhaps we could look to the simplicity and fun of CrossKart for influence.

Small engines. Big fun. What’s not to love?

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.