In October of 2015, we posted an article about Plum Quick Motors’ devotion to setting the bar for golf cart speed with a customized model. More recently, a new and exciting demonstration of unusual golf cart power came in the form of wild and unique drag race between a heavily modified, Hayabusa-powered golf cart and a beefed-up Corvette Z06.
Joey Halloway powered his “Busakart” golf cart using a 1300cc, four-cylinder engine from a Hayabusa motorcycle. His custom ride makes 158 horsepower to the rear wheels, and it also boasts a nitrous kit from Nitrous Outlet. With nothing in tow but an engine and a driver, there is little stand in the cart’s way.
Halloway’s challenger is Kevon Maxwell, whose Z06 Corvette isn’t exactly run-of-the-mill stock. The car has a 441 cubic-inch LSX engine under its hood, and it’s linked to an F1-X ProCharger. The pairing delivers more than 1,000 horsepower to the car’s tires.
The no-time grudge race wasn’t just for fun or novelty. The winner scored a cool $1,000 in cash.
Exhilarating Seconds to Victory
The race took place at Green Cove Dragway, one of the most popular weekend race venues in northeast Florida. It’s a safe assumption that the Corvette driver thought he could easily beat his opponent with a car boasting more than six times the horsepower, but the golf cart’s light profile worked in its favor.
The Busakart took off at lightning speed, and although the Corvette seemed to make headway for a moment, a missed gear allowed the cart to take the finish for a surprising and exhilarating victory that makes little sense on paper but looks amazing on playback.
A popular old adage asserts that you should never judge a book by its cover. Apparently, it also applies to golf carts. Whether the Busakart or other modified golf carts will continue to participate in racing remains to be seen, but the lopsided win is certain to inspire grease monkeys with a taste for the unique.