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Tech Tuesday: Rear axle choice

The Rear axle is one of the main elements to influence chassis setup. The stiffness of the axle determines behaviour of rear part of the chassis, making the kart oversteer or understeer, and changes strongly the balances of forces acting on the chassis. As we know in fact kart behaviour along a curve is based on the possibility for the ... Read More »

Tech Tuesday: Choosing the right Karting seat

The seat and its supports are often underestimated by chassis tuners and drivers, but on the contrary such elements are a fundamental part of the chassis and determine a lot of the stiffness characteristics of karts. Various seats and supports The structure of the seat and its connections to the chassis generate a system which varies sensibly the chassis stiffness. ... Read More »

Tech Tuesday: Welding Part

Karts are made of steel tubes with different compositions of Carbon, Nickel, Chrome and Vanadium. Such tubes have particular characteristics that determine the functioning of the chassis. Elasticity of the material, diameter of the tubes and thickness of tube walls determine the capacity of the chassis to bend, absorb bumps in the track and generate vertical forces on tyres as ... Read More »

Tech Tuesday: Pistons

Pistons are elements that lay an important role in engine performance and reliability. They in fact act as valves on the gas produced by mixture burning in the combustion chamber. These gases at high temperature and pressure have a very high quantity of energy that can be transformed to mechanical energy through the con-rod and crank-shaft system. This system is ... Read More »

Tech Tuesday: Weight And Seat Positioning

Even though many parameters determine the grip on each tire, everything is finally led to the vertical force acting on each wheel. The greater such downward force is and the more the grip between the tire and the asphalt. Centre of gravity The centre of gravity is the point of a system (chassis plus engine plus driver) where one can ... Read More »

Tech Tuesday: How to Read Your Tyres

Tyres are possibly the most important part of a go kart, or any road going vehicle really. Tyres are what connects you to the ground and for that reason it is crucial for your tyres to be at optimum performance all the time. It doesn’t matter if you’re driving a 7 year old banger with a dodgy motor. If you ... Read More »

Tech Tuesday: Kart Aerodynamics

An aspect often not estimated is the aerodynamic factor acting on a kart chassis and its driver. Since a tenth of a second is vital for a kart driver to win, we must consider that on particularly fast tracks and even more for fast 125 cc shifter gear chassis high speeds generate an important resistance of air on the kart. ... Read More »