Buying a racing go kart? There are several types to choose from, so it can be difficult to select a certain one. To help you get started, here’s a short article on how to choose the best racing go kart for your needs.
The first thing is to identify what kind of racing you want to do. Do you plan on doing sprints, where it’s a road course from 3/8 to ¾ of a mile? Maybe you’re going to do oval kart racing, with an oval that’s about 1/10 to ¼ of a mile long? Or are you looking at a cart for the endurance road course circuits, from 1.5 miles to 4 miles long?
Although some racing go karts will be able to do any of these, chances are you will want to specialize in just one type of race. That way you can make sure you get the best kart suited for that race, and have a greater chance of winning. Nobody races to lose, right?
Another thing to consider that may seem obvious is who will be using the kart. Are you looking for a kids racing go kart, or one for an adult? Kids go kart racing starts very young these days, so make sure when you order your kart that you’re getting the size you want.
Racing Go Karts from Scratch, a Kit or Pre-Assembled?
Are you looking to buy a racing go kart kit that you put together yourself? This is a great way to go if you are mechanically inclined but not enough to design your own kart. Let’s face it- even those of us who can build our own kart don’t want to take that kind of time and energy! Instead we’re usually much better off just purchasing a kit, or even one that’s been pre-assembled for you.
As with everything else in life, you should consider how much money you have to spend before you make a purchase. Do you have $500 to spend, or $5,000? Believe it or not, there’s a very wide range of prices that you can pay for a racing go kart. It all depends on the manufacturer, the quality of building materials, shipping, and how powerful the go kart is. Just be aware that generally the better go karts tend to have much higher prices.
While there are a number of different chassis out there for go karts, official racing go karts have either a straight chassis or the open chassis. As you might expect, the open chassis doesn’t have a roll cage to protect the driver. The straight chassis is also very open, and is primarily built for high speed spring racing.
There’s a lot more to know about racing go karts, much more than can be covered in one article. Feel free to browse around our site, we have lots of information on racing go karts, go kart racing and places you can find racing go karts for sale.