Are you utterly bored of your car because you have to commute to work every day and hope to try something new? Perhaps you are looking for a way to spend your afternoon with friends that would count as a healthier and more active alternative to your regular Friday pub crawl? Or maybe you are looking to pick up a hobby that is not mainstream and has a closely-knit community of devoted fans? The reasons behind your decision to take interest into karts are less important than the fact that you are actually here, looking to learn about them. Although a two-part guide is merely scratching the surface of the vast opportunities go-karts have to offer when it comes to having fun, it should help you understand whether this is the right hobby for you and how you want to pursue it.
Types of karts
It goes without saying that the karts you are offered when you decide to go karting with your friends differ from those designed to participate in races. In general, the karting industry flourishes because of the karts tailored to recreational purposes. These are most often called “concession” or “recreational” carts. They are rented for people who wish to spend an hour or two karting and are designed to make sure the driver is as safe as possible since most people who take up this activity aren’t experienced kart drivers. In most of these kart-renting spots, the karts come in an “Arrive and Drive” format, meaning all the equipment needed for karting, such as gloves and a helmet, will be included into the rent price.
Depending on where you are located, karts can be rented for indoor or outdoor tracks. The latter are usually low speed when it comes to purely recreational ones. However, if you are looking to get into karting more seriously, you can go to more specialized karting spots, talk to instructors and test your skills on more powerful, faster karts that go up to 11kW on an amateur level. Indoor karts are obviously more popular in places where the weather conditions do not allow for a satisfying experience outside. Indoor tracks are oftentimes located outside the city, in remodelled warehouses and the likes of them, since the track needs an excessive amount of space. Indoor karts, unlike the outside ones, are frequently powered by electric motors. Both indoor and outdoor recreational karts are designed to be safe and sturdy.
It is also important to mention that unlike professional karts, which are tailored to maximize performance, the recreational ones can have additional external controls. By using a remote control system, track attendants can ensure a safe environment for the drivers and manage the situation very efficiently in case of an accident or malfunction. This is also a great way to control and limit the karts of young and inexperienced drivers because although karts might seem innocent and simple, driving them can prove to be a dangerous experience.