Steel Driver

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Not to be confused with Steel Diver.
Steel Driver
Steel Driver from Mario Kart Tour
The Steel Driver in Mario Kart Tour
Strong stats Weight, Traction (MK8)
Speed, Weight (MK8D)
Weak stats Acceleration, Handling
Appearances Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Kart Tour

The Steel Driver is a kart in the Mario Kart series. Its name is based on the Nintendo 3DS game Steel Diver. In fact, its Japanese and Italian names are the Steel Diver. It is a submarine-like vehicle with a dark blue top and a red underside. When the kart goes underwater, the propeller appears in the rear guard, much like an actual submarine. The emblem is located on the sides of the kart.

History[edit]

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

The Steel Driver debuts in Mario Kart 8 as an unlockable kart body. It has the same stats as the Badwagon, the Tri-Speeder, the Standard ATV, and the GLA. It boosts weight and traction, but lowers acceleration and handling.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it is now available from the start. In this game, it boosts speed and weight, but lowers acceleration and handling. It now shares stats with only the Tri-Speeder and Bone Rattler. CPU Iggy, Koopa Troopa, and Dry Bones are occasionally seen using this kart, paired with the Metal tires.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The Steel Driver returns in Mario Kart Tour, where it is classified as a High-End kart and uses the Sushi Racer's tires. It was added at the start of the Mario vs. Luigi Tour and became the signature kart of Penguin Luigi in the Snow Tour. The kart increases the duration of Slipstream boosts and the amount of points earned for performing Slipstreams.

Since introduced in the Mario vs. Luigi Tour, the Steel Driver has appeared in regular tour pipes. In its debut tour, it was also available in the Penguin Luigi Pack from November 25, 2020 to December 2, 2020.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario Kart 8

  • Ground Speed: 0
  • Water Speed: +0.5
  • Air Speed: 0
  • Anti-Gravity Speed: -0.25
  • Acceleration: -0.5
  • Weight: +0.5
  • Ground Handling: -0.5
  • Water Handling: +0.75
  • Air Handling: -0.25
  • Anti-Gravity Handling: -0.75
  • Traction: +0.5
  • Mini-Turbo: -0.75

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

  • Ground Speed: +0.25
  • Water Speed: +0.5
  • Air Speed: -0.75
  • Anti-Gravity Speed: -0.25
  • Acceleration: -0.75
  • Weight: +0.5
  • Ground Handling: -0.5
  • Water Handling: +0.75
  • Air Handling: -0.5
  • Anti-Gravity Handling: -0.5
  • Traction: 0
  • Mini-Turbo: -0.5

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Special skill Slipstream Plus icon from Mario Kart Tour Slipstream Plus
Favorite courses
(Bonus points ×2)
DS Luigi's Mansion R/T from Mario Kart Tour
DS Luigi's Mansion R/T
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon R/T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon R/T
SNES Ghost Valley 1R/T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Ghost Valley 1R/T
N64 Frappe Snowland R from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Frappe Snowland R
Merry Mountain T from Mario Kart Tour
Merry Mountain T
GBA Sunset Wilds T from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Sunset Wilds T
3DS Rosalina's Ice World from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Rosalina's Ice World
RMX Rainbow Road 2 from Mario Kart Tour
RMX Rainbow Road 2
SNES Koopa Troopa Beach 2T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Koopa Troopa Beach 2T
DS Airship Fortress R from Mario Kart Tour
DS Airship Fortress R
SNES Donut Plains 2 from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Donut Plains 2
SNES Ghost Valley 1 from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Ghost Valley 1
SNES Donut Plains 2R/T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Donut Plains 2R/T
GBA Cheep-Cheep Island T from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Cheep-Cheep Island T
Favored courses
(Bonus points ×1.5)
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach R/T from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach R/T**
N64 Frappe Snowland R/T from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Frappe Snowland R/T
RMX Rainbow Road 1R/T from Mario Kart Tour
RMX Rainbow Road 1R/T**
3DS Neo Bowser City R/T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Neo Bowser City R/T*
GCN Dino Dino Jungle R/T from Mario Kart Tour
GCN Dino Dino Jungle R/T
SNES Vanilla Lake 1R/T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Vanilla Lake 1R/T*
N64 Frappe Snowland from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Frappe Snowland
Merry Mountain from Mario Kart Tour
Merry Mountain
Merry Mountain R from Mario Kart Tour
Merry Mountain R
3DS Rosalina's Ice World R from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Rosalina's Ice World R
SNES Vanilla Lake 1 from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Vanilla Lake 1
SNES Vanilla Lake 1R from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Vanilla Lake 1R
SNES Vanilla Lake 1T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Vanilla Lake 1T
SNES Koopa Troopa Beach 2 from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Koopa Troopa Beach 2
SNES Donut Plains 2R from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Donut Plains 2R
RMX Choco Island 2 from Mario Kart Tour
RMX Choco Island 2
RMX Choco Island 2R from Mario Kart Tour
RMX Choco Island 2R
Wii DK Summit R from Mario Kart Tour
Wii DK Summit R
3DS Toad Circuit from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Toad Circuit
Tokyo Blur 4R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Tokyo Blur 4R/T
GBA Cheep-Cheep Island R from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Cheep-Cheep Island R

* 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.

Gallery[edit]

Mario Kart 8[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スティールダイバー
Sutīru Daibā
Steel Diver
Chinese (Simplified) 钢铁潜艇
Chinese (Traditional) 鋼鐵潛艇
Gāngtiě qiántǐng
Steel Submarine
Dutch Diepzeeduikkar From diepzeeduiker ("deep sea diver") and kar ("cart")
French (NOA) Nauticomobile From automobile ("car") and nautique ("nautical")
French (NOE) Nautomobile From automobile ("car") and nautique ("nautical")
German U-Kart From U-Boot ("submarine") and kart
Italian Steel Diver Steel Diver
Korean 스틸드라이버
Seutildeuraibeo
Steel Driver
Portuguese Turbomarinho Turbomarine
Russian Субмашина
Submashina
From субмарина ("submarine") and машина ("machine" or "car")
Spanish Subacuauto From subacuatico ("subaquatic") and auto ("car")