The glider is built into the kart (or bike/ATV), and pops out whenever the player passes a blue panel, usually at the end of ramps. Gliders vary in their individual designs, but the most basic is the Super Glider. Players can steer to the left and right with the same controls as normally, and up and down are inverted. If the player touches the ground, the glider disappears. However, players can slightly touch the ends of ramps and do a trick for some extra gliding time. Gliding has also been incorporated into barrel cannons.
- In Mario Kart 8, the only nitro courses to lack Glider sections are Toad Harbor, all the courses in the Yoshi Egg Cup, and Wario's Gold Mine.
- The concept is similar to the Take-Copter sections in Doraemon: Dream Car for the Android.
- In Mario Kart 7, players can cancel the glider by pressing the brake button. It is unknown why this was removed from Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.