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Components Of Racing Karts

Racing karts used in karting are open four wheeled vehicles and sometimes also known as simply karts, go-carts, gearbox and shifter karts based on their respective sizes. This article discusses the components of racing karts as a racing kart is made up by putting together various racing kart components. The below feature review provides useful details about different parts of racing karts. Lets us take a look at the same:

Chassis
One of racing kart components are known as chassis, made up of steel tube. Since, in racing karts, there is no suspension, thus chassis need to be flexible enough so that they can work as a suspension and also stiff enough not to break while turning. Different types of chassis used in karts are termed as Open, Caged, Straight or Offset.

Engines
Engines are also among the most important components of racing karts. The karts which are usually used in amusement parks, known as go-karts use 4-stroke engines or electric motors, while on the other hand, the karts used for racing purpose use 2-stroke or 4-stroke engines.

Transmission
The mode of transmission of power in carts is from engine to rear axle with the help of a chain. Since, the engine and axle sprockets parts of racing karts are detachable; their ratio need to be adapted based on the track configuration in order for the optimal use of the engine.

Tires
Racing kart components, wheels and tires are generally of much smaller in size as compared to those which are used in ant other ordinary car. The rims of wheels of racing carts are made of magnesium alloy or aluminum. The tires can support cornering forces based on the types of chassis, engine, and motor setup.

Data acquisition
In modern day racing karts, there are various data acquisition systems which acquire data and thus provides driver of the cart with the help of display panel fixed on the steering wheel some parameters such as RPM, timing of laps (including sectors), number of laps, best lap, cooling system and temperature.