Pipe Frame

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Pipe Frame
MKT Icon PipeFrameRed.png
The Pipe Frame in Mario Kart Tour
Strong stats Acceleration, Off-Road (MK7)
Acceleration, Handling (MK8)
Acceleration, Handling, Traction (MK8D)
Slipstreams (MKT)
Weak stats Speed, Weight (MK7)
Weight, Traction (MK8)
Speed, Weight (MK8D)
Appearances Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Super Smash Bros. Melee (trophy cameo) Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Kart Tour

The Pipe Frame (also formerly known simply as the Go-Kart until Mario Kart 7, also called Racing Kart in Super Smash Bros. Melee) is the original form of Kart that appears in the first three installments of the Mario Kart series and is the predecessor to the Standard Kart. Throughout the games it appears in, the kart has different colors depending on the driver. In its original appearances, the Pipe Frame acts as the one and only vehicle available. The abilities of the kart depend on the driver so the kart itself has no strong or weak points.

After a 10-year absence, the Pipe Frame returns in Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as an unlockable kart body. It generally gives a boost in acceleration and handling while decreasing the weight and traction. The Pipe Frame also appears in Mario Kart Tour as the starting kart.

The Pipe Frame kart has a passing resemblance to an early '80s World Championship kart raced by Ayrton Senna, an icon in Japan due to his connections with Honda, and to modern micro karts known for their combination of small frames and powerful engines.


Mario Kart series[edit]

Super Mario Kart[edit]

The kart makes its first appearance in Super Mario Kart, designed as simple, small go-karts with different colors and various performance traits for each character, along with an ability to boost by drifting.

Each character's kart has different engines; some use four-stroke and few others use two-stroke.

Mario Kart 64[edit]

The go-kart is redesigned in Mario Kart 64, featuring realistic-looking wheels, new colors for every character and a cubical engine with dual exhaust pipes. It also has a different handling stat compared to its predecessor.

This time, all karts use two-stroke engines, with the exception of Toad's kart, which use a softer sounding four-stroke instead.

Toad and Donkey Kong are the only characters to have their own unique engine sound from any other character.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

The kart's design and colors for this game remain unchanged from Mario Kart 64 aside from its handling, which reverted to that of Super Mario Kart to fit the game's two-dimensional environment.

Unlike in Mario Kart 64, all the karts now use four-stroke engines.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

After being absent in subsequent games after Mario Kart: Super Circuit, the Pipe Frame returns in Mario Kart 7 as an unlockable kart body, using its same design from Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart: Super Circuit. The character's emblem is shown underneath the engine. It is one of the three kart parts to have a different color for each character. The eight characters from Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart: Super Circuit retain the same color schemes, except for Peach, who has a slightly lighter pink color as in Mario Kart DS. Daisy also retains the same color scheme from said game. Like in Super Circuit, it has a four-stroke engine with powerful-sounding exhausts. Its engine is similar to the Blue Seven and the Sprinter from Mario Kart Wii.

In terms of stats, the Pipe Frame slightly boosts acceleration and off-road, but slightly hinders top speed and weight, which makes it the polar opposite of the Gold Standard in a way. In terms of its hidden stats, it gives a heavy boost in sea and air speeds, a good boost in mini-turbo and a slight boost in drift, while not hindering any other stat.

Red Miis use Mario's color scheme, Orange use Bowser's, Yellow use Donkey Kong's, Light green use Yoshi's, Green use Luigi's, Blue use Toad's, Light blue use Lakitu's, Pink use Peach's, Purple use Wario's, Brown use Wiggler's, and Black use Shy Guy's. White Miis are the only Miis to receive a unique color, as no other character in the game uses a white Pipe Frame.

Color schemes[edit]
Character Color Icons
Mii (Red)
Red MK7 Pipe Frame.png
Mii (Green)
Green MK7GreenPipeFrame.png
Mii (Pink)
Pink MK7PinkPipeFrame.png
Mii (Light Green)
Lime Green MK7LimeGreenPipeFrame.png
Mii (Orange)
Orange MK7OrangePipeFrame.png
Donkey Kong
Mii (Yellow)
Yellow MK7YellowPipeFrame.png
Mii (Blue)
Blue MK7BluePipeFrame.png
Koopa Troopa Green Yellow MK7YellowGreenPipeFrame.png
Daisy Yellow Orange MK7LightOrangePipeFrame.png
Mii (Purple)
Purple MK7PurplePipeFrame.png
Rosalina Turquoise MK7TurquoisePipeFrame.png
Metal Mario Gray MK7GrayPipeFrame.png
Shy Guy
Mii (Black)
Black MK7BlackPipeFrame.png
Honey Queen Magenta MK7DarkMagentaPipeFrame.png
Mii (Brown)
Brown MK7BrownPipeFrame.png
Mii (Light Blue)
Sky Blue MK7CyanPipeFrame.png
Mii (White) White MK7WhitePipeFrame.png

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

The Pipe Frame reappears in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe again as an unlockable kart body. This time, it now resembles the kart's original design from Super Mario Kart, featuring only one exhaust pipe instead of two as seen in Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Mario Kart 7. Additionally, the character emblem is now located in the front. Unlike its predecessor, it is now has a two-stroke engine and its sound is shared with the Standard Kart, Teddy Buggy, Wild Wiggler, and the Sneeker, only having a softer exhaust noise.

Unlike past installments, the colors of the Pipe Frame are now shared with multiple characters, featuring 23 unique colors used among the 36 (41 in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe) characters (and of those, twelve of the colors are exclusive to one character, counting alternate colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy, but excluding Miis aside from the brown color). The eight characters from Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart: Super Circuit once again retain the same color as they were in the original games, while Koopa Troopa now retains the yellow color from his Super Mario Kart artwork. In addition, all the Koopalings (except Morton) have unique colored steering wheels for their karts, as opposed to the standard black for the secondary color. Also, all the Koopalings have unique colored engines, as opposed to the standard goldenrod for the tertiary color, and their wheel hinges are uniquely colored, instead of the usual gray. The Inkling Girl's orange variation uses the yellow Pipe Frame, though the icon on the kart selection screen shows the yellow-orange Pipe Frame instead.

Like the Standard Kart, Standard Bike, and Standard ATV, the Pipe Frame body is occasionally used by all the CPU-controlled characters. Most CPU racers will always pair the Pipe Frame with the Standard tires, but Donkey Kong and Koopa Troopa in Mario Kart 8, as well as Dry Bones and Ludwig in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, occasionally also use the Monster tires instead. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, CPU Toad is occasionally seen using this body equipped with the Slim tires; Toad, as well as the babies and Shy Guy, also equip it with the Parafoil. The 150cc staff ghosts for Donut Plains 3 and Cheese Land use Lakitu and Orange Yoshi on the Pipe Frame with the Monster tires. The 200cc staff ghost for Bone-Dry Dunes in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe uses Dry Bones on the Pipe Frame with the Wood tires.

In Mario Kart 8, the Pipe Frame gives a good boost in handling and a slight one in acceleration, but it hinders traction and slightly hinders weight. In terms of its hidden stats, it offers a good boost in sea and air handling, and slight boosts in sea and air speeds, anti-gravity handling and mini-turbo, while only slightly hindering anti-gravity speed. It shares its stats with the Wild Wiggler, Standard Bike, Flame Rider, Varmint, W 25 Silver Arrow, and City Tripper. Overall, the Pipe Frame has the second highest stat total of any kart body, and the third highest among all vehicles.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the Pipe Frame's stats have been altered so that it now hinders speed, but gives a higher boost in acceleration and now slightly boosts traction. In terms of its hidden stats, it no longer increases water speed and now hinders air speed and air handling, while hindering anti-gravity speed further, with no compensation. It now only shares its stats with the Varmint and City Tripper.

An early version of the Pipe Frame's body featured the same design it had from Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart: Super Circuit, with the only exception being that the character's emblem was located at the front, like in the body's final version.

The Mario Kart 8 version of the Pipe Frame was used in a LINE set of stickers based on the game, although lacked the emblem on the front and equipped with the tires from Super Mario Kart. It was also used in a Google Maps Easter egg for Mar10 Day 2018, which ran for a week ending March 17, 2018. The Pipe Frame's appearance in Google Maps later reappear in Mario Kart Tour.

Similarly, in this game, unlike Mario Kart 7, brown Miis are the only Miis to receive a unique color since no other non-Mii character in either version of the game uses a brown Pipe Frame.

Color schemes[edit]
Character(s) Color Image
Body Wheel hinges Steering wheel Engine and exhaust
MK8 Mario Icon.pngMK8 BabyMario Icon.pngRed YoshiMii MK8.png (Red, Mario/Pikmin Suit) Red Gray Black Goldenrod PipeFrameBodyMK8.png
MK8 Luigi Icon.pngMK8 BabyLuigi Icon.pngGreen Shy GuyMK8 Bowser Jr Icon.pngMii MK8.png (Green, Luigi/Yoshi Suit) Green Gray Black Goldenrod MK8GreenPFIcon.png
MK8 Peach Icon.pngMK8 BabyPeach Icon.pngPink YoshiPink Shy GuyMK8 Toadette Icon.pngMK8 Cat Peach Icon.pngVillagerFemale-Icon-MK8.pngInklingMii MK8.png (Pink, Peach/Kirby Suit) Pink Gray Black Goldenrod MK8PinkPFIcon.png
MK8 Daisy Icon.pngMK8 BabyDaisy Icon.pngOrange YoshiOrange Shy GuyMK8 Tanooki Mario Icon.pngMii MK8.png (Orange, Varia/Inkling Suit) Orange Gray Black Goldenrod MK8OrangePFIcon.png
MK8 Rosalina Icon.pngMK8 Lakitu Icon.pngMK8 BabyRosalina Icon.pngLight-blue YoshiLight-blue Shy GuyMK8DX Dry Bones Icon.pngInkling BoyMii MK8.png (Light blue, Mega Man Suit, Rosalina Suit) Sky Blue Gray Black Goldenrod MK8LightBluePFIcon.png
MK8 MMario Icon.png Metallic Gray Gray Black Goldenrod MK8MMPFIcon.png
MK8 Yoshi Icon.pngMK8 Isabelle Icon.pngInklingMii MK8.png (Light green, Animal Crossing Suit) Yellow Green Gray Black Goldenrod MK8LightGreenPFIcon.png
MK8 Koopa Icon.pngMK8 DKong Icon.pngYellow YoshiYellow Shy GuyInkling MK8D BotW Link Icon.png Mii MK8.png (Yellow, PAC-MAN/Wario Suit) Yellow Gray Black Goldenrod MK8YellowPFIcon.png
MK8 Toad Icon.pngBlue YoshiBlue Shy GuyMK8 Link Icon.pngInkling BoyMii MK8.png (Blue, Hylian/Captain Falcon/Fox/Toad/Sonic Suit) Blue Gray Black Goldenrod MK8BluePFIcon.png
White YoshiMK8 White Shy Guy Icon.pngMii MK8.png (White) White Gray Black Goldenrod MK8WhitePFIcon.png
MK8 ShyGuy Icon.pngBlack YoshiMK8 Black Shy Guy Icon.pngMK8 Dry Bowser Icon.pngKing BooMii MK8.png (Black, Bowser Suit) Black Gray Black Goldenrod MK8BlackPFIcon.png
Mii MK8.png (Brown, DK Suit) Brown Gray Black Goldenrod MK8BrownPFIcon.png
MK8 PGPeach Icon.png Metallic Pink Gray Black Goldenrod MK8PGPPFIcon.png
MK8 Bowser Icon.pngVillagerMale-Icon-MK8.png Dark Orange Gray Black Goldenrod MK8BowserPFIcon.png
MK8 Wario Icon.pngInkling BoyMii MK8.png (Purple) Purple Gray Black Goldenrod MK8PurplePFIcon.png
MK8 Waluigi Icon.png Indigo Gray Black Goldenrod MK8WaluigiPFIcon.png
MK8 Iggy Icon.png Lime Light Indigo Light Indigo Purple MK8IggyPFIcon.png
MK8 Roy Icon.png Magenta Pale Magenta Pale Magenta Bright Purple MK8RoyPFIcon.png
MK8 Lemmy Icon.png Turquoise Dark Orange Dark Orange Dark Orange MK8LemmyPFIcon.png
MK8 Larry Icon.png Yellow Dodger Blue Dodger Blue Teal Blue MK8LarryPFIcon.png
MK8 Wendy Icon.png Hot Pink Fuchsia Fuchsia Teal MK8WendyPFIcon.png
MK8 Ludwig Icon.png Dark Blue Blue Blue Forest Green MK8LudwigPFIcon.png
MK8 Morton Icon.png Dark Gray Forest Green Black Dark Slate Gray MK8MortonPFIcon.png

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The Pipe Frame returns in Mario Kart Tour, retaining its Mario Kart 8 design and serving as the starter kart. It is classified as a Normal kart. It uses a new variant of the Standard tires, which resemble the tires it used in the first three games. The Pipe Frame increases the duration of Slipstream boosts and the amount of points earned for performing them. Like with the Landship and Koopa Clown, the Koopalings do not retain their unique color schemes from Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, instead using the same color schemes as other drivers. The game introduces a pixelated counterpart named the 8-Bit Pipe Frame and a variant which uses the gold color scheme but with the Gold Blooper's tires named the Gold Pipe Frame. Both are classified as High-End karts. The Pipe Buggy also belongs to the Pipe Frame family, but it has a different appearance.

In the screenshot used for the New York Tour's Coin Rush mode, Gold Mario also used the Pipe Frame, but it was equipped with the Gold Tires instead of its regular tires, making it resemble the Gold Pipe Frame. However, Gold Mario uses the Gold Standard in-game. In a screenshot for the Bob-omb Cannon item, it showed King Boo (Luigi's Mansion) driving a black Pipe Frame instead of a purple Pipe Frame. Similarly, in a screenshot used for the Event in the Super Mario Kart Tour, Pauline is shown driving a white Pipe Frame instead of a magenta Pipe Frame.

Color schemes[edit]
Character(s) Color Image
MKT Icon BabyMario.pngMKT Icon Mario.pngRed YoshiRed Koopa (Freerunning)MKT Icon FireBro.pngMario (Hakama)Mario (Santa)Daisy (Holiday Cheer)Yoshi (Reindeer)Mario (Happi)Mario (SNES)Mario (Sunshine)Fire RosalinaBowser (Santa) Red MKT Icon PipeFrameRed.png
MKT Icon BabyLuigi.pngMKT Icon Luigi.pngMKT Icon HammerBro.pngMKT Icon GreenShyGuy.pngPenguin LuigiBuilder Luigi Green MKT Icon PipeFrameGreen.png
MKT Icon BabyPeach.pngMKT Icon Peach.pngMKT Icon Toadette.pngMKT Icon PinkShyGuy.pngMKT Icon Peachette.pngPeach (Kimono)Peach (Vacation)Baby Peach (Cherub)Toadette (Explorer)Cat PeachMKT Icon DixieKong.png Pink MKT Icon PipeFramePink.png
MKT Icon Iggy.pngMKT Icon Yoshi.pngMKT Icon BowserJr.pngYoshi (Egg Hunt)Bowser Jr. (Pirate) Yellow Green MKT Icon PipeFrameLimeGreen.png
MKT Icon BabyDaisy.pngMKT Icon KoopaTroopa.pngMKT Icon Larry.pngMKT Icon Daisy.pngMKT Icon DonkeyKong.pngBirdo (Yellow)MKT Icon BuilderMario.pngMario (Swimwear)MKT Icon CaptainToad.pngDaisy ((Yukata)Penguin ToadDonkey Kong Jr. (SNES) Yellow MKT Icon PipeFrameYellow.png
MKT Icon Bowser.pngMKT Icon DiddyKong.pngDaisy (Fairy)Peach (Explorer) Orange MKT Icon PipeFrameOrange.png
MKT Icon Ludwig.pngMKT Icon Toad.pngMKT Icon ToadPitCrew.pngBlue YoshiMKT Icon BoomerangBro.pngToad (Party Time)Ice MarioBuilder ToadCat ToadMario (Racing)Lakitu (Party Time) Blue MKT Icon PipeFrameBlue.png
MKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngMKT Icon Rosalina.pngBaby Rosalina (Detective)Rosalina (Swimwear) Turquoise MKT Icon PipeFrameTeal.png
MKT Icon Lemmy.pngMKT Icon Lakitu.pngBirdo (Light Blue)MKT Icon IceBro.pngRosalina (Aurora)MKT Icon FunkyKong.png Sky Blue MKT Icon PipeFrameCyan.png
MKT Icon Wario.pngRosalina (Halloween)Mario (Halloween)King Boo (Luigi's Mansion)Wario (Hiker)Wario (Cowboy)MKT Icon Nabbit.png Purple MKT Icon PipeFramePurple2.png
MKT Icon Waluigi.pngLuigi (Classic)Waluigi (Bus Driver)Shy Guy (Ninja) Indigo MKT Icon PipeFrameIndigo.png
MKT Icon Roy.pngMKT Icon Wendy.pngMKT Icon Birdo.pngMKT Icon Pauline.pngMKT Icon PeachHalloween.pngMKT Icon PaulineRose.pngMKT Icon KingBobomb.png Magenta MKT Icon PipeFramePurple.png
MKT Icon ShyGuy.pngMKT Icon KingBoo.png Gray MKT Icon PipeFrameGray.png
MKT Icon DryBones.pngMKT Icon Morton.pngPauline (Party Time)Peach (Wintertime)Mario (Chef)Peach (Wedding)White YoshiShy Guy (Pastry Chef) White MKT Icon PipeFrameWhite.png
MKT Icon BlackShyGuy.pngMario (Musician)Black YoshiMKT Icon DryBowser.pngGold Koopa (Freerunning)Birdo (Black) Black MKT Icon PipeFrameBlack.png
MKT Icon MontyMole.pngMario (Classic)Luigi (Lederhosen) Brown MKT Icon PipeFrameBrown.png
MKT Icon MetalMario.png Metallic Gray MKT Icon PipeFrameMetal.png
Dry Bones (Gold)Dry Bowser (Gold)Shy Guy (Gold)King Boo (Gold)King Bob-Omb (Gold)MKT Icon GoldMario.png Gold MKT Icon PipeFrameGold.png
MKT Icon PinkGoldPeach.png Rose Gold MKT Icon PipeFramePinkGold.png

Club Nintendo[edit]

"Die Jagd nach dem Nintendo 64: Krawall im All"[edit]

Mario and Luigi driving karts in the Club Nintendo comic "Die Jagd nach dem Nintendo 64: Krawall im All".

In the Club Nintendo comic "Die Jagd nach dem Nintendo 64: Krawall im All", Mario and Luigi are seen driving karts in their mission to find a spaceship shaped like the Nintendo 64. They compete against Wario and Bowser and make another reference to the Mario Kart games by dropping Banana Peels and making them crash. The karts seen in this comic resemble those seen in Mario Kart 64. Unlike their video game equivalents, though, they can also be turned into jet skis by pushing a button on their steering-wheels.

Mario Kirby Meisaku Video[edit]

A go-kart makes an appearance resembling the one in Super Mario Kart in the Mario segment of the Mario Kirby Meisaku Video where Mario drives it during his pursuit of the mysterious thief W. Eventually, after being attacked by some monsters, he spins out near a vegetable garden.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Kart SuperMarioKun.jpg

Go-karts are seen in the Mario Kart adaptions of Super Mario-Kun. The first time they appear, Mario races against other characters including Donkey Kong Jr. and Bowser.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

A go-kart appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a trophy under the name "Racing Kart". The trophy can be obtained at random in the Lottery or in the game's single-player modes.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Racing Kart Trophy213.png Super Mario Kart
The famous racing karts from the ever-popular Mario Kart racing series come loaded for speed with three different engine sizes: 50, 100, and 150 cc. The karts' handling differs with the characters driving them, but all of them utilize Mario Kart standards like drift, jump, and turbo. They're extremely durable and impossible to total.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Stat values are out of 6.

Mario Kart 7

  • Speed: -0.25
  • Sea Speed: +1
  • Air Speed: +0.5
  • Acceleration: +0.25
  • Weight: -0.25
  • Handling: 0
  • Sea Handling: +0.25
  • Air Handling: +0.25
  • Off-Road: +0.25
  • Mini-Turbo: +0.5
  • Stability: 0
  • Drift: +0.25

Mario Kart 8

  • Ground Speed: 0
  • Water Speed: +0.25
  • Air Speed: +0.25
  • Anti-Gravity Speed: -0.25
  • Acceleration: +0.25
  • Weight: -0.25
  • Ground Handling: +0.5
  • Water Handling: +0.5
  • Air Handling: +0.5
  • Anti-Gravity Handling: +0.25
  • Traction: -0.5
  • Mini-Turbo: +0.25

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

  • Ground Speed: -0.5
  • Water Speed: 0
  • Air Speed: -0.5
  • Anti-Gravity Speed: -0.5
  • Acceleration: +0.5
  • Weight: -0.25
  • Ground Handling: +0.5
  • Water Handling: +0.5
  • Air Handling: -0.25
  • Anti-Gravity Handling: +0.25
  • Traction: +0.25
  • Mini-Turbo: +0.5

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Special skill MKT Icon Slipstream.png Slipstream Plus
Favorite courses
(Bonus points ×2)
MKT Icon Mario Circuit 1R.png
SNES Mario Circuit 1R
Favored courses
(Bonus points ×1.5)
MKT Icon Mario Circuit 1.png
SNES Mario Circuit 1
MKT Icon Dino Dino Jungle.png
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
MKT Icon DS Luigi's Mansion RT.png
DS Luigi's Mansion R/T**
MKT Icon London Loop R.png
London Loop R
MKT Icon Toad Circuit T.png
3DS Toad Circuit T
MKT Icon Koopa Troopa Beach.png
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach
MKT Icon Koopa Troopa Beach R.png
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach R
MKT Icon Mario Circuit 2.png
SNES Mario Circuit 2
MKT Icon RMX Mario Circuit 1RT.png
RMX Mario Circuit 1R/T
MKT Icon Choco Island 1.png
SNES Choco Island 1
MKT Icon Maple Treeway.png
Wii Maple Treeway

* indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 3. ** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 6.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Pipe Frame.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スケルトン
Spanish Tubiturbo Turbo Pipe
French Rétro Retro
Dutch Skelter Go-kart
German Go-Kart Go-kart
Italian Tuboturbo Pipe Turbo
Portuguese (NOA) Tuboturbo Pipe Turbo
Portuguese (NOE) Tubomóvel Pipemobile
Russian Труботурбо
Pipe Turbo
Korean 스켈레톤
Chinese (Simplified) 管架车
Guǎnjià Chē
Pipe Frame Kart
Chinese (Traditional) 管架車
Guǎnjià Chē
Pipe Frame Kart