History of Go-Kart
The first go-kart was built by the Californian Art Ingels. It was made specifically for racing and competing. It was called the go-cart with a "c" instead of a "k". McColloch MC-10 was the first motor manufactured specifically for go-kart racing.
Kids that are 5 years old are in the Kid Karts class in the United States. People that are 13 years old can be in National kart racing events in Europe. Teenagers that are 16 years old are in the senior class in the United States. Kids that are 8 and older can be in official events in the United States.
There are 3 different types of tracks. The Sprint Track is the most common. It is normally 1,300-4,000 feet long. The Speedway track is normally paved. It is about one-eighth of a mile long. The Road Race track are normally lined with hay bales and tires. It is about 1.5-3 miles long. It takes the longest to set up, and is usually 1-2 lap(s).
Types of Karts
There are 2 types of karts, there is the shifter kart and the clutch kart. The clutch kart is the kart where you only use pedals to stop and go. The shifter kart is the one that is better and has a higher-performance. The shifter kart is used for professional racing. It has 4 wheel brakes.
The drivers have to wear helmets with face shields, gloves, high top shoes or boots, and suits that do not rip easily. If the driver gets in a crash, and is wearing their protective gear, they will not get hurt too bad. They might have some scratches.
There are 4 types of engines. There is 50cc, 100cc, 125cc, and 250cc. You have probably driven the 100cc engine and the 125cc engine. The 250cc engine is for professional go-kart drivers, like Jeff Gordon. The 50cc engine is for 7 years old and younger. If you would like to learn more visit www.gokartsusa.com