Non-professional go-karting in China is like this

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Entertainment go-karting facilities, as the name suggests, are primarily focused on entertainment rather than professionalism. Even if they organize races, achieving basic fairness seems challenging. Those who have participated understand what I’m talking about! For instance, drawing lots to determine which kart your team will use in a race? Here’s the key point: due to different performances, in earlier years, they were hesitant even to uniformly replace old tires before the race. Even ignoring the issue of tire age, noticeable differences persist in each kart’s braking, steering feel, cornering limits, and acceleration out of turns. The gap is not merely a matter of using a new set of tires!

Today’s video is not a complaint. After careful consideration, I’ve come to the conclusion that the differences in the karts’ performance can be divided into two main areas. Firstly, in terms of engine horsepower, as these are recreational vehicles, it’s unlikely that all participating kart engines undergo maintenance before a race. The most direct cause of horsepower reduction is engine wear due to working hours. Unlike cars, go-kart engines cannot keep running with just an oil change. Typically, the maintenance cycle for go-kart engines is short, ranging from 8-10 hours to 15 hours for piston and connecting rod replacement, with cylinder wall inspection and even grinding.

Ordinarily operated go-karts are often not repaired unless they are broken. Every day, numerous beginners may damage the engine due to collisions or brake lockups, leading to spins or even reversals. This is definitely harmful to the engine. The problem lies in prolonged, high-intensity operation causing excessive wear, resulting in insufficient cylinder pressure as the main reason for power decay. Don’t forget that the fundamental guarantee of engine power comes from the working condition of the piston connecting rod and engine cylinder pressure.

Now, let’s talk about the handling aspect. I won’t delve into the one-second or more difference in lap times due to tire age. But why do some karts of the same model at the same go-kart facility have different steering feels in corners? Why is one stable when taking a turn at the same speed while another is pushing and sliding? This is due to long-term driving and excessive collisions causing frame deformation. The solution is to pry it back with a lever and simultaneously align the wheels, but this method cannot fundamentally solve the problem as it will deform again after some time.

Of course, short-term kart replacements at go-kart facilities are impossible, so you have to make do with what’s available. If you’ve made it this far, I believe you really love this sport! Finally, let’s talk about the most fundamental reason: rules! Yes, the absence of rules leads to go-karting being treated as bumper cars. Why is the condition of karts relatively uniform overseas? Because their tolerance for collisions is extremely low. Even if you accidentally bump into the front kart, they will immediately display a black flag. Ignoring warnings will result in termination or even being added to their blacklist. I think this is why we often see people intentionally causing accidents in go-kart facilities in China just to overtake, even colliding with others in the repair area without braking, deliberately crashing into the front kart, causing injuries with bloodstains on the safety belts.

Alright, I hope this video provides some insights for go-kart facilities and karting enthusiasts. Follow me. Until next time!

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