Go-karts are small, suspension-less vehicles that come in various forms, from motorless models to high-performance ones for competitive racing. They are popular in North America and Europe, with various championships and national competitions. Go-karts can be powered by alternative fuels and range from 15 to 90+ horsepower. They can be raced on short circuits for amateurs and children or longer tracks for competitive karting. Go-karts can be used on various surfaces, including dirt and ice tracks, and can reach speeds of over 160 mph.
Go-karts are a type of vehicle that is small and without suspension. They come in a variety of forms, from motorless models to high-horsepower, high-performance ones meant for competitive racing. Although many people associate these vehicles with children, people of all ages race go-karts and often use them as a stepping stone into more advanced motorsports. Go-kart racing is a popular sport in both North America and Europe, with a number of different championships and national championships. The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), known for regulating Formula One racing, also oversees international go-kart competitions, including the CIK-FIA Karting World Championship.
The simplest type of go-kart is usually referred to as a billy kart or soap cart, and is little more than a box with wheels. These vehicles have no engines and instead rely on gravity for their propulsion, with most of the races taking place along a single hill. Soap box racing is primarily aimed at children and can be a fun introduction to racing as a sport.
Motorized go-karts come in a surprising range of complexity and power. Simple four-stroke models are available, as well as powerful two-stroke go-karts. Some make use of alternative power supplies, including alcohol fuel, electric motors, and propane engines. They can range in horsepower from 15 horsepower up to 90 horsepower and beyond.
Go-karts can be raced in a wide variety of situations. One of the best known is a simple short circuit intended for amateurs and children. These runways are usually less than 1 km (0.6 miles) long, with tires and other forms of protection on the sides. The vehicles are provided in these hobe tracks are usually intended more for entertainment and safety than straight speed. Go-karts are also raced on much longer tracks, usually shared with other motorsports and aimed at higher performance models. These tracks are usually used for competitive karting, but can also be rented out for recreational purposes for the amateur interested in experiencing the forward speed of a high powered go-kart.
These vehicles are adaptable enough to be used on a large number of surfaces and there are also numerous custom karting tracks. Dirt tracks are the most common in the United States, but there are also ice go-kart tracks that have been modified with studded wheels for better traction. Go-karts can reach extraordinary speeds, which is why they are often used as an introduction to full-blown motor racing. Most hobnon karts can go much faster than 90 mph (145 km/h), while professional go-karts can reach speeds in excess of 160 mph (260 km/h).