Karting crashes may bring up images of friendly bumping into plastic barriers, but karting is much more hardcore than most people give it credit. Maybe it’s the fact that you’re racing around a tight technical circuit with your hide just an inch off the ground, or maybe it’s that all the great Formula One drivers, from Michael Schumacher to Mikka Hakinnen and Lewis Hamilton, have excelled at it. It could also be that with no body panels to insulate you, the driver is completely open to the sensation of speed and thus, feels awesome.
It could also be that faster karts are capable of speeds in excess of 70 mph, with no safety equipment or even mirrors. It’s kind of like 250cc motorcycle racing but on four wheels. Lots of fun at not a lot of speed. But with higher grip thresholds, karting is even more of an adrenaline rush. Just imagine the feeling of “wherever you point the tires is where you go”. The later you can brake, and the sooner you can get on the gas, the faster you are. Everything happens quickly and your mind, if untrained, struggles to keep up.
So what happens when a Go-Kart runs up the back of another at 70 mph? Large-scale excitement from a small-scale sport. Check out the video to see what happens, then hit up ebay and find a kart to buy. That’s what we’re doing.