Video: Water-powered kart sprints from 0-100km/h in 0.5sec

We’ve all experienced a hose slipping out of our hands under strong water pressure, sending the hose flailing around uncontrollably. There’s quite a bit of power in it, wouldn’t you agree? That obviously sparked an idea for this mad man who rides a high-pressure water tank with go-kart wheels and a motorbike front end bolted to it.

François Gissy is his name, and he’s created one of the world’s fastest-accelerating go-kart contraptions. And it uses no petrol power at all, just a bit of water. Well, it’s probably quite a bit of water that’s jammed into the tank, creating extremely high pressure.

The weird contraption uses the front wheel and handle bars of a sports bike, while the rear is essentially a go-kart frame with go-kart wheels. Going for a trike layout provides more stability than a conventional motorbike, while weight is kept to a minimum.

Out on the main straight at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, Gissy hopped aboard the hydro-machine for a super-impressive acceleration run. It covered 0-100km/h in just 0.551 of a second, with the one-eighth mile coming up in just 3.950 seconds at 257.14km/h.

During this time, Gissy had to endure a massive 5.138 g, which is way more than any rollercoaster in Australia. Check out the video below to see how the contained water explosion went.

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Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.