About Go Carts
The Outdoor Tracks are mostly for amusement with low-speed karts that are powered by 4-stroke engines or electric motors. The faster, more powerful karts are similar to racing karts that are powered by 4-stroke engine with up to 15 hp and more rarely by 2-stroke engines and designed to be more robust for rental use. These tracks can be used for traditional kart races.
Indoor Tracks are generally shorter than outdoor tracks and are usually located in refurbished factories or warehouses in many of the larger cities in different parts of the world. The United States has nearly 80 indoor go kart tracks. These karts are generally powered by a 4-stroke gasoline engine with 5 to 13 hp or an electric motor. Many of these tracks offer competitive races and leagues. At the top level an Indoor Karting World Championship exists.
The engine's power is transmitted from the engine to the rear axle by use of a chain or a belt. The 4-stroke engines can be air cooled industrial based engines and with small modifications develop 5 to 10 hp. Manufacturers of these engines are Briggs & Stratton, Tecumseh, Kohler, Robin and Honda. Yamaha produces more powerful four-stroke engines.
One advantage of the Electric Go-Karts is "low maintenance" that requires only the lead-acid batteries be plugged into a charger after each run. The racetracks can be indoors because they are pollution-free and emit no smoke. The fully charged electric karts can run a maximum of 20 minutes. Other karts have been fitted with hydrogen fuel cells.
These Go-Karts are a lot of fun for both children and adults.
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