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Go Kart Racing

Sunday June 08

Go Kart Racing used to be thought of as a sport just for kids, but it truly is not. With the advance in kart technology, and the interest level of fun-seeking adults, Kart Racing has become a very popular, accessible, and speedy way to spend a morning, afternoon, or evening.

Kart Racing started as an off-shoot of hot-rodding and race car driving. The first kart was built in 1956 by Art Ingels in California. Since then, it has only become more and more popular with everyone. There are so many variations of gears, chasis, and actual kart bodies that even your grandmother might want to take a spin. Be sure she wears a helmet, though.

Kart-racing or karting is a variant of the open-wheel motor sport with small, open, four-wheeled vehicles called karts or go-karts. The vehicles are usually raced on scaled-down circuits. Karting is often considered as the stepping stone to the higher and more expensive ranks of motorsports like Formula One racing or NASCAR. In fact, most successful professional drivers have started out in the sport of kart-racing. Even if you’re just an amateur looking to satisfy your need for speed, karting is a thrilling sport; both competitively and non-competively.

Karts can vary widely in speed by reaching speeds exceeding 160 miles per hour. The go-karts intended for the general public use in amusement parks are limited to speeds of no more than 15 miles per hour. . A KF1 kart, however, with a 125 cc 2-stroke engine and an overall weight including the driver of 150 kilograms has a top speed of 85 miles per hour. It takes a little more than 3 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph with a 6 gear shifter kart, with top speed being 115 miles per hour on longer circuits. Hold on to your hats, folks, these go karts really have some good “go” to them.

You can find a selection of circuit designs, engine-build, and gear shifts, but simply looking up go-karting on Funfix.com. Gentlemen and women, start your engines!


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