• Feb 22, 2010
The Hyper PRO Racer – Click above to view the video after the jump

Ah, those Aussies, they never quit, do they? Ten years in the making, a fellow by the name of Jon Crooke has developed the Hyper PRO Racer, a so-called "Superkart" delivering massive power and minimum weight. Using a Yamaha 450 WR four-stroke motorcycle engine that runs through a five-speed sequential gearbox, the Hyper PRO weighs just 352 pounds minus the weight of a person tucked into the cramped driving position. That isn't too much more than the enduro bike the engine is taken from.

The weight savings is courtesy of the superkart's spaceframe, which also acts as an FIA-approved roll cage. Instead of building a frame that accessories would be mounted to with brackets, the superkart's externals are mounted directly to a highly designed and minimalist chassis frame without additional hardware. Those externals include Ohlins aluminum-bodied race shocks, four-wheel cross-vented disc brakes with billet four-pot aluminum brake calipers.

The result, according to Hyper PRO, is a track runner that can lap a little faster than an Aussie racing car (not a V8 Supercar), a little slower than a GT Production car. But it beats them all for price: the track day Racer S is $29,500 Australian ($26,546 U.S.), the hillclimb Racer R is $35,500 ($31,947 U.S.). Follow the jump to check out video of the Hyper Pro Race in rather fast action, or have a slower look in the gallery below.



[Source: Hyper Pro Racer via Caradisiac (translated)]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Track Toy has a new photo in the dictionary.. wow..it just looks super fun to drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmm, Never actually shifted during the lap..? At least not that I saw.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sweet Jesus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Underpowered. I've seen karts with Hayabusa engines...this one is slow. And expensive. Fail.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tigermil is right, what an epic waste, why would anyone buy this mish mash when it costs more than a dp4. Fail.

        http://www.palatov.com/documents/dp4%20specs&pricing.pdf
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ jared

        protip: don't roll your kart.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the carts with hayabusa engines can barely get traction, look up any cart with a hayabusa engine or even a little less, none of them can hook. theyre all there for bragging rights
      • 4 Years Ago
      Win.
      • 4 Years Ago
      normal Americans would never fit in there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool but don't think it's really worth the money, I don't see them selling a great amount.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As usual, the poster of this story isn't putting the price in the context of the local economy. In Australia, $26K is very cheap for a brand-new car. The same money will buy you a base-model Civic, or a top-of-the-line Elantra, but not a PT Cruiser (which starts at $31K). So, in the context of the Australian market, you're talking about getting a single-minded, hardcore track special for the price of a compact on steelies and plastic hubcaps. Not such a bad deal, when the cheapest Caterham you can buy is $69,850.

        And for Christs' sake, Autoblog, cut it out with the lazy direct currency exchanges!
        • 4 Years Ago
        A Formula SAE car would make a better comparison. They often weigh less than 400 lbs and Are limited to 610 cc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, it's not that fast. If you have a need for a 500 cc racer, try an Invader F500 car for a little less money.. Then you could race wheel to wheel with the SCCA and try and win a National Championship. There's one for sale for $21,700 at:

        http://www.quadriniracing.com/Default.aspx?tabid=60&List=1&SortField=0&Level=a&ProductID=12
        • 4 Years Ago
        agreed I would take a lotus 7 kit car for that much
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's cheaper than many other track cars and I'm sure it's far less expensive for maintenance and replacement parts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        man I think I'd buy one...thats cheaper than a used ariel atom
      • 4 Years Ago
      Similar to sitting in a Honda S2000
      • 4 Years Ago
      pretty cool....but i wouldnt really say "safe" is part of its attributes as they claim in the photos. yeah its a rollcage, but that dont mean its necessarily "safe" lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      BFD. I was putting Yamaha YZ250 engines on go-carts when I was a kid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I literally just drooled.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, basically it's a heavier, less powerful, more expensive kart. Got it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Two major differences: suspension and roll protection

        Suspension adds a TON of cost (as the suspension design team leader for my FSAE team, I'm responsible for about $10,000 worth of our budget). It also add a TON of grip because it allows you to take full advantage of your tires.

        Roll bars save lives.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty cool. I seem to remember superkart races at Laguna Seca as a support event to MotoGP a few years ago. They used 250cc 2cylinder 2 strokes from a GP bike ( approx 100HP ) I seem to remember a 1:20 ish lap time which is very fast.
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