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Indoor Go Karting | Indoor Go Kart Racing

May 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Go Kart Driving Techniques

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed – or have even paid attention – but there aren’t a lot of affordable indoor activities for adults to enjoy these days that make us feel like kids again. I mean, it’s not our fault we grew too old for Chuck-E-Cheese. Where’s our fun?? It’s on an indoor […]

Go Kart Driving Experience Orihuela Costa

I don’t know about you, but I love motor sport but when it comes to taking parts I am truly rubbish. However there is a way of enjoying the speed of the race track in a safe way and in one where it doesn’t really matter where you finish. I am talking about pleasure go karting, I say pleasure because I do know there are some that take this sport very seriously, in fact this is where Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton started their trade before getting into F1. Because you are low to the ground and these machines respond very quickly to the controls, you really do get a fantastic driving experience, speed around the track.

A place that I go to regularly on holiday is the Go Karts Orihuela Costa, which is not far from our second home. It is situated on the N332 just south of Torrevieja in Spain. A part from the fact it is far cheaper than back home in the UK, the weather tends to be better also. There are 3 sizes of Go Karts from the very small for your children then the adult or teenage size, which is what I would go, then the fastest bigger engine go Karts for that ultimate driving experience. As a safety precaution they do not allow, the smaller karts go out with the big powerful machines, so the kids can race with dad and mam, without the risk or colliding with the thrill seekers.

Back in the UK, there is a mixture of outdoor and indoor karting centres, where you can just turn up and race, or book a tournament, for a group, especially popular with corporate events. But you can also book at some centres a Go Kart Driving Experience that takes you beyond this level, by training you to drive faster more powerful karts, with instruction from a qualified driver. These do tend to be more expensive and really only for those who want to be serious drivers.

For me though, I love the sun and the ability to just relax and not worry about the competition around me. It is true that when travelling at 30mph. just inches off the ground on even these please go karts, you heart does get pumping and a little bit of competitive spirit comes out. But I gave up trying to win, when I found 13 year old fearless lads racing around the outside of me in just about every turn. In fact my target is, not to be last and not to spin out.

It is surprising how much effort is needed to race these karts say of even 5 minutes. The go karts Orihuela Costa give you between 5 and 7 minutes per race, depending on how busy it is and for most people this is just about the right amount of time to have a good happy experience, rather than a long tiring one. So for you the next F1 champion, I can understand the real Go Kart driving experience, but for me, I will stick to the Go Karts Orihuela Costa for some fun.

Improve Your Driving Skills on the Go Kart Track

If your memory of go karts is something similar to the bumper cars you rode as a child, then think again. Think fast and think precision handling on any go kart track and you are getting the right idea. Racing go karts is not only a cheaper and less risky alternative to Nascar-type racing, it is a great way to learn and improve driving skills before advancing to the auto racing circuit.

To get started, just visit a local go kart track in your town. You can then rent a kart for a few hours or for a set number of laps and get on with testing your driving skills. Driving a go kart is not any different than driving a car, except that the gokart has very good acceleration and cornering ability. Of course, proper safety measures must be taken before and during participation in a kart race.

Let’s talk about a couple types of racing karts; namely the Sprint and Enduro. Sprint karting uses a shorter track and the technology used is less sophisticated. Gokarts are downgraded slightly for this type of racing. The circuit is usually 3/4th mile and the racing format is a series of short laps in duration races, normally for just a few laps that qualify for a final, with a number of point scoring calculations to determine the overall winner. It is usually three qualifying heats and a final race for trophy positions. Each race typically does not exceed 15 minutes. The key to success in sprint racing is successful passing skills.

Enduro or endurance racing is a longer version of the sprint-type of racing. These races can last for an extended period, from 30 minutes to an hour and sometimes up to 24 hours or more. For this reason, the karts used in endurance racing are built to be tough and durable. Speed, though important, is not as important as it is in sprint races. It is more like a marathon where the driver makes regular pit stops for fuel, maintenance and a change of tires. Enduro karts run on the same sized road courses as full sized cars. Generally speaking, reliability, consistency and pit strategy are of the greatest importance in endurance racing.

A go kart race is a good way to get your foot in the “motor sport field” door. It is both very affordable and less risky. Go karts are fairly easy to handle in spite of the speed. They have a low center of gravity, making them less dangerous than Nascar-type racing. It is a great starting point to sharpen and improve your driving skills on the go kart track before going to the next level in auto racing.

Go Kart Driving – What is the Risk?

Go Kart Safety: How am I going to drive it? Lets face the music. Go Karts are dangerous. They are moving vehicles that can slam into things, like trees, cars, people and garage doors. They also can flip over and skid along with the occupant underneath. (Been there, done that!). Go kart engines are hot. Wheels and axles are spinning. Chains can catch fingers and clothing. There are all sorts of hazards to a go kart.

There are also hazards to chain saws and weedwackers too. You can cut off a leg or loose a toe, if you are not careful. The key here is “careful.” What measures are you going to invest in that will make your riders “Careful”. Obviously a training program is recommended. All kids should be taught how to ride safely, smartly and cautiously. This machine is a weapon if used recklessly. People outside the go kart are in as much danger, if not more danger than the rider.

So proper driving techniques are key. Invest in a good driver training book if necessary! Safety also includes safety equipment like pads, suits, helmets, shoes and gloves. Depending on the environment, but I would suggest always wearing protective clothing all times when riding a go kart. An accident is just waiting to happen, especially when you are least expecting it. All it takes is a blown tire, or a false swerve and over she goes.

Seat belts are all the rage, but in go karts they may or may not apply. Specifically racing go karts do not have seat belts because the object of the belt is defeated in the racing style go kart. The occupant is better off breaking free of the go kart than sticking with it. Obviously, however, proper full body safety protection is required. This can be an extensive investment.Seat belts, however, are required, especially in full frame gokarts, because if the gokart were to roll, and the occupant did not have a seat belt, they would get tangled up in the framework and actually get seriously hurt. The roll cage is just that a cage, and not being belted in, the cage becomes the enemy.

Also make sure that guards and shields are considered as part of the safety protocol. Legislature regarding gokarts has been passed to make sure that hair is not snagged by moving axles on go karts. The axles are to be shielded to prevent entanglement.Bottom line is safety involves an attitude about driving. Safety also involves proper crash protection and crash protection equipment.

You will never eliminate an accident, but you can certainly minimize the chances and the risks of an accident.