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Go Cart Racing

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Go cart Racing is one of the most economical ways to get into racing period. A great family activity that is open to anyone 8 years old and older. Racing go carts is a huge sport and is normally a prelude to other motorsports. Many of the most famous Nascar drivers got their start racing karts. It is a great way for kids to develop their racing skills in a much safer manner than if they start out as adults. You can find racing all over the world especially in European countries.

<a href="http://gocartsguide.com">Go-Carts</a> at your local amusement park have speed limits of about 15 miles per hour. While a KF1 go kart with 125cc and 2 stroke engine has top speeds of about 115 miles per hour. You can go from 0 to 60 in about 3 seconds pretty fast.

Racing classes begins at the age of 8; these are normally divided into 3 year increments until the age of 15 or 16 which racers become part of the senior division. Many people associate cart racing with kids but there are several adults that compete.

Besides purchasing a go cart you will need to purchase the necessary safety equipment. Safety equipment will include a full face mask, driving suit, gloves, and driving boots that go above the ankle. Unlike a race car the suits do not have to be flame resistant. Though not required, rib protectors and collars are recommended to prevent permanent injuries. When racing super karts, racers are required to wear leather suits.

There are three different types of racing formats sprint, endurance, and speedway. Sprint racing is traditionally on tracks that are about 1/4 mile to 1 mile in length. These races typically do not exceed 15 minutes. Speed and the ability to pass is most important in sprint racing.

Endurance <a href="http://gocartsguide.com/go-cart-racing/">go cart racing</a> can last anywhere from 30 minutes to up to 24 hours, with one or more drivers. When racing endurance it is important to have cart in top working condition consistency, reliability, and pit strategy will get you to the finish line first. In Lemans, France there is a go cart race that takes place that is similar to the original Lemans race and runs 24 hours.

Asphalt and clay oval tracks that are about 1/6 mile and 1/4 mile long are used in Speedway racing. Offset go karts are used in this type racing to handle left turn only racing. Speedway racing maybe 4 laps for a trophy or 20 laps for a main event. With a 20 lap event pre qualifying will determine starting positions.

You can buy a new racing cart if you want but they can be very expensive and the sport as a whole if quite costly. Considering things break down or have to be repaired often it helps to have a good mechanic. Also if you are just getting into the sport I suggest buying a used racing cart till you get your feet wet and get some good racing under your belt. You can always upgrade as you get the funds and the ability that shows you are going to stick with it. Happy racing!



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