Kart Racing – An Economic Motorsport

Kart racing is the kind of racing which is generally accepted as the most economic form of motorsport in the world. It can be performed by almost anybody as a free-time activity, and as a motorsport in itself, it is one of the sports regulated by CIK anyone from the age of 8 onward can be licensed for racing motor sports.

Karting is commonly perceived as the stepping stone to the higher and more expensive ranks of motorsports. Karts are usually raced on scaled-down circuits. Karting or Kart racing is a variant of open-wheel motor sport with small, open, four-wheeled vehicles called karts, go-karts, or gearbox/shifter karts depending on the design.

Karts vary widely in speed and some other specifications. Super karts can reach speeds exceeding 160 miles per hour (260 km/h), while go-karts intended for the general public in amusement parks may be limited to speeds of no more than 15 miles per hour (24 km/h).

Go Kart Manufacturing Co was the first kart manufacturer. Similarly McCulloch was the first company, in 1959, to produce engines for karts. The first kart engine was an adapted chainsaw 2-stroke engine. Motorcycle engines were also adapted for kart use late in the 60s, before dedicated manufacturers, especially in Italy (IAME), started to build engines for the racing motor sports.

Karts lacks differential which means that one rear tire must slide while cornering. But this feature was also achieved by designing the chassis so that the inside rear tire which allows the tire to lose its grip and lift off the ground completely.

Similarly the stiffness of the chassis enables different handling characteristics for different scenarios. Traditionally, for dry environments a stiffer chassis is preferable but in wet or other poor conditions, a more flexible chassis may work better. The proper chassis allow for stiffening bars at the rear, front and side to be added or removed according to race conditions.

The most important thing about Karting that it’s braking is achieved by using a disc brake on the rear axle. As front disc brakes are becoming popular but certain classes do not allow them. Power is transmitted from the engine to the rear axle by way of a chain. Both engine and axle sprockets are removable; their ratio has to be adapted according to track configuration in order to get the most from the engine.

Previously karts were direct drive only in its early days but the inconvenience of that setup soon led to the centrifugal clutch for the club level classes. Dry centrifugal clutches are now used in many categories and have become the norm as the top international classes have switched to 125 cc clutched engines as of January 2007.

Let’s talk about KF1 kart; KF1 karts are with a 125cc 2-stroke engine with an overall weight including the driver of more or less 150 kilograms. It has a top speed of 85m per hour. Interestingly, KF1 takes a little more than 3 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph with a 125 cc shifter kart (6 gears), with a top speed of 115 miles per hour on long circuits.

This article is written by John Allan Gates regarding Racing Motorsports

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Record Thrilling Moments With GoPro Camera Sports Cam

Since the past two decades, extreme sports have been increasingly popular among teenagers and adventurous young adults alike. With the dawn of X Games, a sports event developed by ESPN, a growing number of teens and young adults are spending their weekend getaway enjoying adventure sports that involve speed, special gear, height, risk, and adrenaline rush. Extreme sports have become a popular category of sports, aside from the conventional ones like football, rugby, basketball or baseball.

High-risk sports like ice climbing, motor cross, wave jumping, snowboarding and surfing are some of the sports that can be categorized as extreme. One has to make sure that every regulation have been followed and sports equipment and gear have been inspected and tested to ensure safety, as the slightest mistake could lead to fatal injury or death. Since extreme sports involve a lot of details, costs and risks, this type of sports could not be done as frequent as the conventional ones. Furthermore, due to the same reason, an extreme sports fan should consider getting sports camera like helmet or motorsports cameras from GoPro Camera to capture and record their exciting moments.

As the number 1 maker of wearable sports cameras in the world, GoPro has years of experience in developing cameras and mounting accessories for the most hardcore of sports. As a result, the company has won many coveted awards and recognitions, including Motorcyclist magazine’s “2009 Product of the Year” award and the “Editors’ Choice Award” from both Popular Mechanics and Backpacker Magazine.

Some of the most popular GoPro Camera types on the market today are the GoPro Camera HD Motorsports HERO and the GoPro Camera HD Helmet HERO. Boasting professional quality full HD video that looks amazing even on a 52-inch television, the GoPro Camera HD Motorsports HEROoffers remarkably easy to use features -thanks to the user-friendly default setting. Simply power on and press the shutter button. Designed for surfers, motorcyclists, auto sports enthusiasts, and other extreme sports fans/athletes, the GoPro Camera offers 3 video recording options. User can opt the 1080p/30fps recording that offers ultimate High Definition experience, 960p/30fps recording which enables maximum wide angle to record your every technique and moves, or the 720p/60 fps that allows you to record in liquid-smooth slow-motion.

The Digital Signal Processor (DSP) technology, coupled with state-of-the-art sensor technology present you the richest and most natural color available in wearable sports camera. Thus, you can move back and forth between different ambience settings without sacrificing exposure adjustments and video quality. Known for producing extremely stable video recording at the highest speed of the most intense sports, GoPro designs the camera to offer amazingly stable video combined with additional Automatic 5Mp Photo Capturing feature that can shoot photos every 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 seconds. Take your GoPro Camera HD Motorsports HEROwherever you go skiing, snowboarding, or anytime and anywhere, worry-free. The waterproof/shockproof polycarbonate housing protects the camera from hazardous elements or accidental fall/shock and enables it to dive down as deep as 60 meters underwater.

The GoPro Camera HD Motorsports HERO comes with Automatic Gain Control to bring professional-quality sound, reducing sound of wind noise at high speed without any manual settings or adjustments. There are several photo taking modes that you can select, including triple-shot and self-timer shot. With memory capacity that can work with 2GB SD Card memory capacity up to 32GB SD Card (not included), you can take up to 9+ hours of video and thousands of snapshots using your GoPro Camera HD Motorsports HERO. An expansion port on the back of GoPro Camera HD Motorsports HERO enables user to click in Bakpac modules for add-on features like LCD Bakpac and click-in secondary battery, the Battery Bakpac.

The same amazing features come pre-loaded with the GoPro Camera HD Helmet HERO. Full HD Video in 3 optional filming modes, Automatic 5MP photos, superb audio, shock/waterproof to 60m, rechargeable battery with built-in warmer and hours of video recording with 32GB SD Card are the features that can be enjoyed by GoPro Camera HD Helmet HERO user. You who purchase the award-winning GoPro Camera HD Helmet HERO, you can easily transfer file to your computer via the on-board USB, or premiere your video via HDTV, & Composite Video+Audio-Out Cables.

Speaking of camera battery, each GoPro Camera comes with 1100mAh Lithium-Ion battery that lasts 2.5 hours. Simply charge it with your laptop -as it is rechargeable through any USB port- or with any USB compatible wall/automobile charger. There is an integrated battery warmer to help keep battery warm when you are in a colder region of the globe or during winter sports. The camera can be used while you charge so you can record road trips. Backed with one-year manufacturer’s warranty, the GoPro Camera apparently strives to give no reason for power/action sports fan not to go for it…

Product Features:
– Easy-to-apply mounts allow for quick attachment to various different styles of helmets, sports vehicle or other types of vehicle
– Optional 720p and WVGA resolutions at 60 frames per second ensure smooth slow motion playback
– Professional quality, full High Definition video recording up to 1080p
– 170° wide-angle lens lets user take shots of him/her self during activity
– 720p/60 fps option and WVGA resolutions provides professional-quality liquid smooth slow-motion playback
– Automatic 5Mp Photo Capturing shoots according to your will
– Video file editing is easy with iMovie or Windows Movie Maker
– Waterproof, impact-resistant polycarbonate housing that holds water up to 180 ft. (60m depth)
– Wide 170 degree angle and sharp lens captures more of the surrounding scene
– Digital Signal Processor (DSP) and sensor technologies for natural-color video
– USB port

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