Kart Track Racing - What Is The Difference Between The Two?

Published: 23rd February 2009
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At a modern go kart track of today, you can drive a new generation of state-of-the-art high-torque karts that put the old-style karts to shame. These new high-tech karts, combined with road-race style kart tracks are designed to give you the experience and feel of a real race, as experienced by real race car drivers. Karts are only an inch or two off of the racing surface and can reach speeds of up to 40 mph. Many courses measure lap times with computerized timing systems.

Before you get started out on the track, let's take a look at steering, braking and other tricks to help you compete.

Holding the steering wheel the wrong way can really have an effect on the performance of the gokart. Place your hands at the nine and three positions and avoid holding the steering wheel too tightly. Hold it loosely so you don't affect the handling.

For most beginners, knowing when to brake can be confusing. Press down on the brake firmly when turning into corners. This will help avoid instances of sudden braking. Balance the pressure you put onto pressing the brake, since pressing it too hard can cause the kart to spin. Pressing it too softly can cause it to run wide.

When you exploit most of the kart track, you can achieve faster lap times. Turning in from the outside of the corners and moving through the inside is an efficient good technique and can help prevent slowing of lap times. Don't forget to automatically head for the outside once you emerge from a corner.

There are three types of kart race circuits - short, long and indoor. A short is an outdoor circuit less than 1,500 meters in length. The average length for a racing track is around 1,100 - 1,200 meters. They are normally custom built for gokarts and resemble road courses, since they have left and right turns.

A long is an outdoor circuit of more than 1,500 meters in length and is typically shared with other motor sport and kart races. This kind of event features karts like the superkart, which can reach speeds in excess of 160 mph.

Indoor circuits are usually used by casual racers and are a part of a closed space. Some circuits include a short outdoor section simply to add interest. Most indoor circuits have their own fleet of racing go karts or micro karts, chosen to be economical and not necessarily for their speed. It is typically in indoor karting where most people will enjoy their first time in a kart. Indoor karting exploded across Europe and the US in the 90s.

Today, modern go karts can easily be used indoors or out. Battery-operated electric carts do not require ventilation like popular gas gokarts do, so they are versatile for use on either type of kart track. No matter what your preference, racing karts can be an exciting experience.

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