We can think of the average go-kart as a miniature racing vehicle. They can very literally come in every shape and model. Although go-karts were primarily used by children and adolescents in the past, this sport is gaining quite a bit of popularity within the adult population. So, how do these clever vehicles operate and what is their appeal to the adult community?
We should first realise that the modern go-kart will frequently reflect a nearly exact replica of a specific vehicle. So, racers can choose a go-kart that is designed much like a Porsche, a Ferrari or a Corvette (to name only a few options). Like their life-size counterparts, they contain internal combustion engines. Braking and steering are similar to a normal vehicle and although they are able to corner at relatively high speeds, they handle much in the same way as the famous brands. While this is exciting, it is also the reason why it was not uncommon for children to take their first informal “driving lessons” on a go-kart.
Modern Racing, Modern Rewards
Keeping in line with the popular “X-Games” which have taken over the world of adrenaline-packed sports, go-kart racing is now as appealing to adults as it is to children. While this may seem a bit odd, it is not entirely out of place. Racers can experience the thrills (and spills) of the racetrack without risking the severe injuries that would often accompany a traditional competition. Modern go-kart races are actually sponsored by large companies and this has helped to increase their popularity. These events are attended by thousands of fans each year. Although it can be said that modern go-kart racing originated within the United States, it is no a sport which is now recognised throughout the world.
As the community of go-kart racers continues to grow, it is only logical to assume that this may very well be one of the most popular pastimes in the very near future.