Go karts come in many different sizes, but to the beginner or average Joe who doesn’t know anything about karting, they usually all seem like small go karts. The fact is that they are small when compared to other vehicles – they are actually the smallest vehicle that can be driven apart from a motorize scooter, but they aren’t nearly as powerful. In the go kart world, small go karts are made for smaller drivers, usually meaning those who are younger. The small go karts cater to their short limbs and obviously are very much the same as a regular or large, just scaled down a fraction with a bit less power.
Small go karts can often beat the bigger karts because of their lightweight frames and also because they usually carry a lightweight driver. These two things allow a small go kart with a smaller engine to beat a bigger go kart with a bigger engine because the power to weight ratio may be better for speed in the small go karts favor. For this reason, in professional go karting, the drivers are usually on the small side, like jockey’s, the lighter they are, the faster their vehicle can travel around the track therefore they can win more races. Modifications from the first go karts have included things like light weight parts, carbon fiber panels, lightweight steel frames and much more to save on weight but still keep performance. This has shaved seconds of quarter mile times and new technologies keep adding to this impressive record. Every place a pound can be saved, it is.
However small go karts aren’t just useful for professional drivers. They allow young drivers to partake in the exhilarating sport at ages a low as 3 and 4. Obviously they do not drive powerful karts, but it goes give them the urge to race in the coming years, and as we all know, go karting is a stepping stone for youngsters into professional race car driving all the way up to formula1.
Many parents, especially protective mothers do not want their precious little darlings to race go karts, but having such a variety of karts like small go karts that only have limited power allows them to ease into the sport with next to no chance of incurring any sort of injury. Go karting is a recreational sport for all ages and small go karts allow even the youngest child to have a great day in a kart!