Go Karting

Whether you’re young or a youth-at-heart, the thrill of go-karting is like no other. Experience the speed, the competition of racing, or the freedom of going solo; go-karts offer the same excitement as a race car (with less expense and danger).

If you’ve never driven a go-kart, these low-riding, motorized vehicles are the simplicity of engineering at its best. They consist of a chassis (frame), an engine, four wheels, steering components and some karts have basic suspension.

Go-karts are built for almost all ages (usually around 5 and up for motorised karts) and all expertise-levels and are available in several different models. These include gas-powered karts, the electric go-kart, indoor go-kart, outdoor go-kart, and even off-road go-karts.

From hobby karts to “superkarts” these little vehicles vary greatly in speed and mechanics. Beginner go-karts are very basic and only offer speeds up to 15 mph (around 25 kph), while those Superkarts can reach speeds of 160 mph (260 kph) – that’s some serious speed!

Anyone can have a go at go-karting. At a relatively small cost, you can hire a go-kart and time on a track to see if this sport is for you. Whether it remains just a hobby, as an occasional fun outing with friends, or, you take it more seriously and start racing go-karts, it is the most economical of all the motorsports. In fact, karting is considered the first step in a racer’s career, as it helps to develop decision-making skills, fast reflexes, and precision car control.

Go karting can be undertaken by anyone, which is why it has been gaining in popularity over the past decades. Come join the ranks of go-karters everywhere…

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There are so many different go kart accessories on the market that it can be very confusing to decide on the best kart parts to buy. How on earth do you choose the right go kart components that best serve your purpose? Will price drive your decision?  Maybe only the best will do for you, or maybe you want good quality, cheap go kart parts so you can enjoy your karting hobby without it costing the earth!

What level of go karter are you?

If you’re a beginner go karter and mechanically minded, you might be looking for a cheap go kart frame you can build out with cheap go kart parts, or if you are into kart racing, you might simply want the best, high performance kart parts available.

Some of you may have a kart you want to modify with some cool go kart accessories. Most of you will need some go karting gear to wear.  There is so much to consider, it can be bamboozling! But, don’t worry, whatever your needs (or wants!), we have researched and reviewed consumer feedback to identify the best go kart parts and accessories for you.

 

Who invented the first Go Kart?

Karting began in 1956 when an American race car builder by the name of Art Ingels, created the first-ever go-kart. This simple vehicle had a tubular chassis and was powered by a lawnmower engine. Little did this man know then that his simple invention would later become a favorite pastime with over 1.6 billion people worldwide having raced go karts.

Types of Go-Karts

Go-karts come in all different types and forms. From the most basic model to the high-powered Superkarts, there’s a go-kart for every age and skill level.

Gravity Karts

You may be familiar with the most basic of go-karts, the “Gravity Kart” (aka Soap Box Derby go-kart). These recreational vehicles are propelled by gravity and are usually raced down an incline. The very first gravity karts were made from wooden soap (or apple) crates with roller skate wheels attached to the bottom. Today, this style of a go-kart is still popular with both children and adults; however, the materials have become more sophisticated seeing the introduction of fiberglass, aluminum, and even carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP).

Electric Go-Karts

As the name implies, the electric go-kart is powered by a battery and an electric motor. This style of kart can be either indoor or outdoor because it does not produce any emissions. High-end models of the electric go-kart can usually run about 30 minutes on a single charge.

Gas-Powered Go-Karts

The gas-powered go-kart is available in either a two-stroke engine or a four-stroke engine. Both of these engines run on the basic principles of an intake (fuel and air in a combustion chamber), compression (gasses are compressed), combustion (spark ignites the gas), and an exhaust (valve is opened to release exhaust).

The difference between the two-stroke and four stroke-engines is the four-stroke is a heavier, more efficient engine while the two-stroke engine is more powerful.

Specific Types of Go-Karts

While there are only three ways a go-kart can be “propelled” (gravity, electricity/battery or fuel), the go-karts themselves can be further broken down into separate categories.

Outside “Enjoyment” Go-Karts

This type of go-kart is filled with the basics. They can sometimes be clunky and overbuilt, using a standard lawnmower engine putting out between five and two horsepower. They usually include big bumpers and thick tires and are quite heavy – weighing in north of 300 pounds. The enjoyment go-kart isn’t built for anything outside of the beginner and is usually constructed in someone’s garage in their spare time.

Recreational/Endurance/Concession Go-Karts

This go-kart is called a few different names; however, they are basically all the same model. Concession go-karts are used for rental purposes and can be raced either on an indoor or outdoor track. They have a well-built chassis with thick bumpers that promote safety first. The recreational rental go-kart is usually equipped with a four-stroke or an electric engine that will get the occupant up to 15 hp (depending on the weight of the unit, you could see speeds of around 45 to 55 mph).

Cross Kart/Off Road Kart

These go-karts are designed for the rugged terrain of off-roading fun. They are traditionally manufactured with bigger tires, a stronger frame, roll cage, full back and front suspension, and a two-stroke engine.

Sprint Go Karts

Generally, these types of go-karts are designed with a racing chassis that is suited to turn left and right on an asphalt track. The motors are usually two-stroke from 80cc (25 to 35 mph) to 125cc (70 to 80 mph). There is a wide range of Sprint go-karts and several karting categories open to all ages in this style of go-karting. Sprint karts are very common, gain speed quickly, and are used for short-distance racing.

4-Cycle (Oval) Karts

The Oval Kart has a specifically built chassis designed to take left-hand turns on oval-shaped tracks (the design sacrifices right-hand corner speed to improve the left turn speeds). This task is accomplished through offsetting the frame – raising the kart’s left-side percentage of weight by offsetting the driver to the left of the chassis and offsetting the left rear frame rail to the right. The tires are also considered “staggered” with the right side being larger than the left.

Superkarts / Enduro Karts

The biggest distinction between the “superkart” and the other models is the body is completely aerodynamic. These karts are built for both speed and endurance racing. The motor is usually a two-stroke with 250cc reaching top speeds of 155 mph and accelerating from 0 to 60 in less than 3 seconds. The Superkart is the “race car” of go-karts and is traditionally driven on a full-size auto-racing circuit. Their reduced weight and downward lift force make it excellent at taking corners and braking.