Karting Thread

Discussion in 'Motorsport' started by lbsf1, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. lbsf1

    United Kingdom England
    PSN:lbsf1 GTP_lbsf1

    This thread is for people to talk about everything kart racing.
    From maintenence to setups to race talk.
    (This thread is not for talking about arrive and drive karting this is for proper kart racing)
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2012
  2. Justin

    Premium
    United States Minnesota

    So I can't post in this thread since I don't have the funds(or desire really) to do more than "arrive and drive"?. The places I go to have actual races(they even hold a 12-hour endurance race). I think that classifies as real "proper" racing.

    This is the place I go.


    You may want to expand it to karting in general or you won't get much activity.
  3. ckellyusa

    DFW
    PSN:ckellyusa

    I really want to get into karting, but it's hard to find the places (and funds) to do it around here. :( Dallas, TX.
  4. red7

    New Jersey, US

    I've given karting a serious thought lately along with autocross as a way of trying out 'real' motorsport. Arrive and drive karting exists at my local track and I intend to check it out before I delve into the sport (good thread, but perhaps you could "edit" and allow some newbie action in?) Btw, what displacement motor are you running in your kart?
  5. lbsf1

    United Kingdom England
    PSN:lbsf1 GTP_lbsf1

    Ok thread is now general karting and now includes arrive and drive.


    If any of you live in the uk and want to give real karting a go then go to this website http://www.letsgokarting.net/ this is arrive and drive but with real racing karts.

    justin arrive and drive like that and karting in proper race karts are in my mind quite different. If you have never driven a race kart (rotax, tkm) then arrive and drive is pretty good racing however once you do (proper) karting then you will see they are quite different.

    red7. My rotax is a 125cc 2 stroke

    happy posting
    Luke
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2010
  6. Blake

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    Australia NSW, Australia
    PSN:haswell00

    I bought a kart a few months ago and have just started racing. Here's a couple of photos from last weekend which was my 2nd race meeting:

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  7. JacoJa

    Premium
    United Kingdom England
    PSN:JacobsJa

    ^ Nice pictures! Hope your karting career starts off better then mine. :)

    Here are a few images of my kart. It's a CRG Kalifornia, with a 125cc leopard engine. I'm currently racing in the restricted class... with 'P' plates and hard compound tires, so hopefully that will all change in less then a years time.
    I've owned the kart for about 10 months now, but have only managed to attend 3 meetings so far, and two practice sessions. I'm currently taking my second long break from racing, because I've cracked one of my left ribs... a second time! So I really cannot go back out there until it has fully healed.
    The injuries occur simply from driving around right hand corners. I might need some extra padding on my seat. :idea:

    Anyway... racing has been extremely fun. I still have many many things to learn, such as the kart setup, engine maintenance, etc.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2013
  8. Let it be known that I hate all of you. :p

    I have wanted to do "proper" karting since I was young, and I couldn't because we are 1.5 hours from the local track and nobody was going to A) buy me a kart, and B) Drive me there.

    Probably the top of my list of hobbys when I get enough money, and I really really hope I can take it up in the future. :tup:
  9. Blitz187

    Premium
    Netherlands 020 A'dam
    PSN:Blitz187

    I love karting as well... I just dont have enough time or money to buy my own kart and maintain it. Been on "normal" karts and have also driven 125cc Rotax karts as well.... Proper karts are so much cooler... the amount of power available is just CRAZY.... Driving the proper kart, I was on the track by myself and I still managed to 360 it into the wall by the first turn after a long straight (luckily no damage)... That was the first time I drove it, I wasnt expecting so much power... top speed was about 140 KPH on it, but I dont think I reached those speeds on the track I was on, which was outside and relatively short... but it was still loads of fun once I got the hang of the kart... :tup: Definitely recommend that anyone who hasnt tried the "proper" karts and loves karting... Go find a way to drive one... Its really THAT much better... :D
  10. Vince_Fiero

    Premium
    Belgium G-D Luxembourg
    PSN:GTP_Vince_Fiero

    I was thinking of trying it out once more again.

    I found a place not to far away with these
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    Châssis : Sodikart
    Moteur : Honda 200cc
    Hydraulic breaks
    Seems this one: http://www.sodikart-usa.com/index.php?P=5&act=1&ID=7

    Yes, arrive and drive.
    But looks serious enough too me.:scared:
  11. lbsf1

    United Kingdom England
    PSN:lbsf1 GTP_lbsf1

    That sodi kart looks like the f1 of hire karts. 6.5 bhp could be quite a bit of fun.
    thats the closest you will get to racing karts without buying one.

    Tell us how you do.

    Jaco and Blake nice photos.
    Jaco how do those leopards compare to the rotax's. They look abit like kf engines in britain.
  12. JacoJa

    Premium
    United Kingdom England
    PSN:JacobsJa

    That's a pretty tricky question. One I don't know the answer to, since I haven't driven a Rotax. I think though the Leopard engines have slightly slower acceleration... but slightly higher top speeds.


    I was in the exact same boat as you. Since I was a wee lad, my parents kept promising me they would get me into karting. Never happened though... no matter how many times they guaranteed it. Many many years later, I bought a kart as soon as I got a first proper job. So don't worry, you can do it someday. Just practice on Gran Turismo until then... it actually helps :).
  13. lbsf1

    United Kingdom England
    PSN:lbsf1 GTP_lbsf1

    jaco

    in your pictures it shows a rotax (NUMBER 16) and another leopard in front of that. Where the rotax's overtaking the leopards or the other way around or were they comparable in lap times
  14. Dotini

    Premium
    United States Seattle
    PSN:CR80_Shifty

    I've been karting since 1988. Started in sit-up sprints with 17hp Yamaha KT100S, then a series of self-built karts for road course racing with 350RZ Yamaha motors. I've been up 155+ mph. Currently I'm running a 20hp Honda CR80 in an Emmick chassis, which will do a little over 110mph.
  15. Blake

    Premium
    Australia NSW, Australia
    PSN:haswell00

    This weekend we're going to Tamworth which will be my 3rd race meeting - that means I just have to do 1 meeting as a flag marshal and then I'll be off my P plates. It will be nice to start from somewhere which isn't the back of the grid. ;)

    Jesus Christ... are you wearing a rib vest? :confused: I've got a sore rib from a practice session a few weeks ago but nothing near cracking!

    Also I'm racing the TaG Restricted too, pity you're on the other side of the country else we could race. :p

    In the TaG Restricted class each engine-type has a particular restrictor to try and keep the lap times comparable. I'm not sure which engines are 'better' in the restricted class but at my local track Rotax and Leopard are both popular.
  16. Blitz187

    Premium
    Netherlands 020 A'dam
    PSN:Blitz187

    :eek: :eek: :scared:
  17. lbsf1

    United Kingdom England
    PSN:lbsf1 GTP_lbsf1

    I guess those are gearbox karts then. Crikey that is fast. My rotax produces about 20bhp but with only one gear it tops out at around 65mph.
    155mph with your ass 1 inch off the ground.

    80yc2c do you live in the uk. If so then i know a way you can drive a proper racing kart cheaply
  18. Dotini

    Premium
    United States Seattle
    PSN:CR80_Shifty

    Yeah, they're gearbox karts, and are also of the "laydown" chassis design, which greatly reduces frontal area and coefficient of drag. Elapsed time around a sports car track is mind-boggling quick, as many of the corners you don't slow down for.
  19. Blake

    Premium
    Australia NSW, Australia
    PSN:haswell00

    Hrm, maybe I spoke too soon. After this weekend I've got a rib which is REALLY tender. It's really painful to do a lot of movements, I'm not sure if it is cracked or if it is just some bad bruising but damn... :indiff:

    I might throw up some photos from the weekend shortly.
  20. No, I live in Sydney, Australia, and I know how to do proper karting on the cheap here too - but good luck talking someone into spending 1.5 hours in a car taking me there and back.

    When I get an income, its one of the top things on my list.

    And the really infuriating thing is dad asks me how we can get money out of my (supposive) racing ability. I'm like FFFFUUUUUUUUU!!!
  21. Blake

    Premium
    Australia NSW, Australia
    PSN:haswell00

    I've seen photos of those things. They look insane, I'd love to drive one of them. I don't think they have any laydown classes in Australia though.

    Here's a couple of photos from the weekend:

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  22. lbsf1

    United Kingdom England
    PSN:lbsf1 GTP_lbsf1

    Are you old enough to get a paperound in Australia. I have earn £1200 a year for mine. If you can get one on similar pay then you could buy your karting stuff and bribe/plead someone to take you there with the rest.

    That might be a good way to get money for karting if you are prepared to get up at 6am and are decent at riding a bike fast.


    edit: blake your kart looks pretty class and alot cleaner than ours (lol)
  23. lbsf1

    United Kingdom England
    PSN:lbsf1 GTP_lbsf1

    going karting at blackbushe for my 3rd race on saturday.
  24. Louie_Schumii

    New Zealand New Zealand
    PSN:LCachero_PHI_NZL

    Nice thread we have here :). Did a bit of karting last year myself. Yamaha KT100 Club Class so nothing too serious and expensive :lol:. Will most likely give it up soon to see how I stack up in circuit racing though :( :D :confused: :D

    I went to the doctors for the exact same reason earlier this year! The pain didn't go away after a few weeks so I thought it was a good idea to pay the doc a visit.

    They said it was very unlikely to be a cracked rib because apparently the moment you crack it you have to be in excruciating pain :boggled:. It did hurt quite a bit when I thought I'd done something to it (ran over a kerb quite hard) so...:rolleyes:

    Hopefully it's all well now and you didn't need to go. Otherwise if you're like me and try not to visit a clinic or medical centre for as long as possible, you can go there armed with a long list of questions to get your $$$'s worth :lol:
  25. ExigeEvan

    Premium
    Wales, UK.

    I was doing "arrive and drive" at Llandow earlier in the week. Anyone been there?

    My friend who's got a few junior titles under his belt took us down. We had nearly an hour on track in wet, to heavy rain to greasy-drying track conditions. Lots of fun!
  26. Louie_Schumii

    New Zealand New Zealand
    PSN:LCachero_PHI_NZL

    Fun! You guys over in that part of the world are really lucky in terms of arrive and drive karting facilities :lol:. The ones we have here in New Zealand are pretty average. 90% indoor with averagely maintained karts.

    Being GTP members I assume most of us have seen the karts they used for GT Academy? :eek:

    And they kept on making contact with each other in them :lol:
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2010
  27. lbsf1

    United Kingdom England
    PSN:lbsf1 GTP_lbsf1

    Never been there however have heard of it.
    When it was wet did they have wet tyres on or was i slicks?
  28. ExigeEvan

    Premium
    Wales, UK.

    Slicks. The karts were average at best for arrive-and-drive but one did have a considerable power advantage on the rest and was more difficult in the wet.

    The others weren't so bad in the wet, but if you locked up going into a bend you'd struggle to gain grip and brake again in time for the corner. Back ends were quite tight. The spray was the worst thing.

    My friend also said he might bring his geared kart down next time if his dad isn't working (only his dad is licenced for the tow car).
  29. Roo

    Roo
    Premium
    United Kingdom Hampshire, UK
    PSN:GTP_Roo

    Blackbushe as in next to Yateley?
  30. lbsf1

    United Kingdom England
    PSN:lbsf1 GTP_lbsf1

    Yeah. Inbetween Camberley and Yateley.
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