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College Students Turned Go-Karts Into Mario Kart With Real-Life Power-Ups

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Many of us spent a good portion of our college years battling it out in Mario Kart.

Those carefully-honed skills aren t exactly a big seller on your resume, unless you happen to be one of four Colorado State University students who created a real-life version of the game, complete with weapons and power-ups.

It s called Junkyard Battle Racers.

Undergrad engineering students Alex Zenk, Katie Johnson, Floyd Bundrant, and Jacob Gover managed to use what they d learned in their mechatronics class to create a pair of interactive go-karts that turn racing into more than just a test of their driving skills.

These randomly assign the kart with either a speed boost, a shield, or a pair of weapons that can be used against other racers.

But when hit by a death beam, the brakes are applied as well, bringing the kart to an immediate stand still giving your opponent the chance to race ahead.

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