Components of a Kart

A kart can also be called a go-kart or shifter kart. It refers to a small four-wheeled vehicle that has a rear-mounted engine, which is usually used in karting sports. Below is a better description of some of the key components of a kart.

Chassis

The chassis of a kart is usually made of chrome-moly tubing. The material is used because it is flexible enough to provide some suspension, given that karts do not have suspension and strong enough not to break. The chassis can be open, caged, straight, or offset. The different types are used in different karting events.

Engine

Initially, go-karts used to be powered by four-stroke or two-stroke engines only. Nowadays, however, there are some go-karts which use electric motors. The ones with electric motors are still not used in racing karts and are usually found in amusement parks.

Transmission

Go-karts don’t have a differential. That means that when the kart is cornering, one of the rear tires has to slide. Thus, the chassis interior is designed such that one of the rear tires lifts slightly as the cart negotiates the corner. A chain is used to transmit power to the rear axle from the engine.

Tires

The tires of a go-kart are a lot smaller compared to those of a typical car. The rims are usually made using aluminium, magnesium alloy, or composite materials. The amount of force that the tires can support when cornering depends on the engine, motor setup, and the chassis. The tires can be customized for a dry track, wet tracks, and special tracks.

Data Acquisition

Just as in all other motorsports, racing go-karts have several data acquisition systems, which are relayed on a screen that is usually fixed on the steering wheel. Some of the parameters that you can get from the data acquiring systems include RPM, number of laps, timing of laps, cooling system temperature, and speed, among others.