Shift kart racing is one of the most exciting. It pulls out the racer in you, and it won’t be surprising that you’d want to try it out too. But hold your horses! If you want to be a shifter kart racer, you’re going to need a lot of skill, and that doesn’t happen overnight. You need lots and lots of practice.
Be honest with yourself. Can you really handle these requirements right now?
Speed. These karts can reach 60 mph in about 4 seconds or so. On Sprint tracks, you can go 80 mph. On Road tracks, you may even go over 115 mph. When you’re in the driver’s seat and you’re just an inch of the asphalt, it feels like going more than 200 when you’re just at 70 mph.
Gear shifts. Shifter karts use 6-speed sequential transmission, and in 45-second lap, you may have to manually shift 50 times. You’ll have to know how to downshift 3 gears in the braking zone, in less than a single second. That means you’re holding with just one hand while your body goes through 3 g’s while cornering.
Stress. The cornering force is something you’ll be familiar with, as shifter kart racing involves lots of instantaneous changes in direction. Without the right equipment, you can really break your neck or your ribs. Even with all the necessary protective gear, it’s not unusual to end up with lots of bruises after a shifter kart session.
Cost. The engine alone can cost you $4,000. Then there are still other parts you need to get as well as protective gear.
A good place to start is at indoor go-kart racing tracks. They have a lot of indoor tracks all across the country and they’ll teach the fundamentals of go-kart racing which will lead over to shifter kart racing. Go-kart racing is a toned down racing experience which makes for a perfect introduction and way to get into the more hardcore shifter kart racing. Check your local area to see if you have an indoor go-kart racing track.
Take some lessons before shift kart racing and save money while you’re at it!