In general the fastest racing line is the straightest line basically. Now every corner has its own characteristic, its own optimal line based on whatever car you’re driving.
Here at Go Kart Source we believe in safety first always. Here are videos of some examples of what can happen when kart racing.
While some the accidents in these compilations are fairly mundane, others are totally cringe worthy and you are going to wonder how the hell did the driver not get seriously injured.
Go Kart Crash Compilations
I’ve been involved in racing over 10 years now and I have to tell you I very rarely see any go kart crashes like these. I’ve seen a go kart catch fire, a go kart get some big air and flip, and bent axles with tyres flying. Some of these go kart accidents you really will only see once in a lifetime.
Be safe kids and remember to always wear your safety equipment.
Go kart brakes are arguably the most important component of a competitive racing go kart chassis. On most 4 stroke go kart engines, there is one braking system consisting of disc brakes attached to the back wheels only.
You might see front disc brakes in shifter kart classes which are becoming more popular, however they are disallowed in certain classes. Shifter karts and Superkart use a dual master cylinders, one one the rear axle and one on the front axle. These allow the driver to adjust front and rear break bias. The best known braking systems for kart racing use are Haase and Sinter.
Parts of a Go Kart Braking System
The three main components of a Go Kart Braking system are the hydrolic brake caliper (squeezes the brake disc), The rear axle (which mounts the brake disc rotor), and the ceramic brake disc rotor (sits on the axle and interacts with the caliper). You can see these parts labeled in the photo on the right.
Thee two components on go kart brakes which make it unique are the Caliper and the Rotor…
Disc Brake Caliper
This portion of the brake system on a go kart is very important. It is usually made of heavy steel and has two rubber pads on it. When the brake pedal on the go kart is depressed, the brake fluid causes these two rubber pads squeeze towards one another and put friction on the brake disc which is mounted onto the axle. This is what slows the go kart down.
Brake Disc Rotors
The brake disc rotor is attached to the rear axle and is what the brake caliper squeezes to cause friction to make the go kart slow down. Competitive go kart racers use two types of rotors. Some are more expensive then others. They include steel disc rotors and ceramic disc rotors. Ceramic disc rotors are usually more expensive because they are of higher quality and can withstand the high temperatures that are created with the friction associated with braking.
It is important to bleed your brakes often to ensure that they stay “tight” during your race. Having tight brakes refers to the feeling of your brakes being very responsive in a race. If your brakes become loose you may not be able to use them properly in braking, maneuvering, cornering and passing.
How to Bleed Go Kart Brakes
To bleed your brakes, you will simply loosen the bolt which holds in your hydraulic brake fluid and drain the old fluid into an empty bottle using a brake bleeding pump. You then pour your new brake fluid into the brake line using a funnel until it reaches the point of being just filled. Make sure you pump the brake pedal to ensure the fluid runs through the hydraulic system thoroughly. When you fully depress the brake pedal, you should be unable to move the rear wheels.
Here is a great video on how to properly bleed your brake line.
It is important to take care of your go kart brake system whether you race competitively or if you do off road go karting. You can buy cleaners that are specifically for brakes that will keep the rotors and the calipers clear of dust and dirt from the race track.
Pro Tip: Do not use oil or lubricants like DW-40 to clean you brakes, as this will cause them to slip and be less effective during your race.
Braking effectively and efficiently is crucial in staying smooth with your race plan and on your cornering. If you take care of your brakes, they will take care of you!
If you want to learn more about how to setup your Kart braking system, checkout this article here.
Go Kart Brakes and Accessories at Amazon
Generally our site is about the racing go kart, but these karts are so much fun that we had to review what the Carter Bros are all about.
Carter Bros Go kart manufacturers Karts, Buggies, SXS, ATVs, Mini-bikes, Motorcycles and Scooters. They are the oldest and largest manufacturers of go karts and buggies in the world. They have built over 1.5 million vehicles to date. Some people refer to them as Carter Go Karts.
It is safe to say that the Carter Brothers know what they are doing when it comes to Karts. Their karts are made of high strength material and are durable. Currently they sell 6 different types of Karts all of which seem to be off-road go karts. You won’t be racing these at any club track but they are perfect for fun with friends or for on a large property.
In addition to their karts they feature two types of highly durable buggies for the real off-road enthusiast.
What I like about the carter bros is that they provide the option to buy go kart parts for sale on their website. This is a far more convenient option than the typical go kart from a box store. They also let you download their manuals and find dealers all directly from their website.
Carter Go Karts For Sale
UPDATE: As of 2017 it appears that all Carter Brothers Go-Karts are discontinued.
Your best bet is classifieds, Ebay, or other auction sites if you are trying to find carter brothers go karts for sale. It is doubtful you will find one new so the price pf what you find will be dependent on the condition.
Go Karts Similar to Carter Brothers Go Kart
If you are interested in other recreational Go Karts similar brands to Carter Brothers are TrailMaster and Coleman Powersports. Whats’ great about these brands is they offer similar style off road Karts to the Carter Brothers, but you don;t have to get them at a motorsport or ATV dealer. These products off road machines can be found on Amazon.
Well, as all go kart racers should know, there are plenty of women starting up go karting each season! Women are a familiar component of racing classes all over the world these days, but are still visibly a minority amongst men. Professional race drivers like Danica Patrick started there careers in Karts as young as 8 years old and have gone onto do incredibly well amongst motorsport elites.
The video below does a great job of showing some of the dominating women in the go Kart world:
Women in Go Kart Racing
What its Like to Be a Female Go Kart Racer
A member of the Go-Kart-Source.Com team comments on how she found being a woman in a male dominated sport below.
Of course, it’s obvious that there aren’t really that many women in go karting. That’s not to say that there shouldn’t be! As a girl in a male dominated sport, and karting club in Ontario, I have a great sense of what it’s like. When I started out in my teen years as a beginner at go karting, it was a bit disheartening! I was expecting to head out with the heart and the drive to win and start getting those top 5 finishes I dreamed of every race weekend. This of course was not the case!
Most other rookies were having the same problems I was, but at the same time, I felt like being “the girl” had something to do with it. I just didn’t seem to have that aggression that those guys had in my class! It turned out, that all I needed was a new found confidence that there really was no difference between being a guy and a girl when you’re out on the track.
Its All About Confidence
After a couple years of struggling, I realized that as long as you are confident in your abilities, there is no stopping your pretty little self from beating those guys! I generally try to have the goal of having someone look at me out and the track and not know I’m a girl until I come off into the pits and take off my helmet. Not only is it so much fun being up at the front drafting and passing your competitors with that new confidence that you can do it, but it’s even more fun getting off the track seeing their faces when they think “I just got beat by a girl!”
Overall, even though there isn’t obviously an evident negative attitude towards women in go karting, women are still not common place at the race track. I say, let’s put an end to the stereotype that only boys like to go fast! All you need is confidence girls!