If you have kids you’ll probably have heard of the Mario Kart series of Nintendo computer games. To coincide with the release of Mario Kart 7 last month, Nintendo commissioned West Coast Customs, of MTV’s Pimp My Ride fame, to create a couple of special replicas of the in-game vehicles.
In the above video, West Coast Customs founder Ryan Friedlinghaus outlines how their engineers turned a couple of electric GEM golf carts into human-sized and driveable, minutely-detailed Mario Karts. They started with the GEM carts and threw out everything apart from the motor and battery and then built the bodies from scratch.
The two principle characters in the Mario franchise is Mario himself and Luigi, his brother. Both have starred in countless games, starting in the Donkey Kong arcade game of the early 80's.
The two full-size custom golf cart replicas that were made are copies of Mario's red kart, and also Luigi's Bumblebee car. In the game each cart is equipped with a wide range of weapons that are used to slow down your opponents, but unfortunately we're pretty sure these carts aren't fitted with any.
Nintendo has given away one of these custom electric golf carts to a lucky Gamestop customer, so you may see a Mario Kart driving around a golf course near you.