Karting is arguably the most action, and fun-per-dollar available in competitive motorsports today. The options available range from low-horsepower entry level, and junior (child) karts, all the way to water-cooled, 6-speed, lightening fast track demons. All race karts are purpose-built racing machines significantly different from the “fun-karts” commonly seen in backyards.[/cs_text][x_text_type prefix=”Join us! ” strings=”Create your account|Register to race” suffix=”to get started today!” tag=”h3″ type_speed=”50″ start_delay=”0″ back_speed=”50″ back_delay=”3000″ loop=”false” show_cursor=”true” cursor=”|” looks_like=”h3″][x_button size=”global” block=”true” circle=”false” icon_only=”false” href=”https://wkc.raceday.pro/” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” style=”margin-bottom: 45px;”]Join the WKC[/x_button][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]There are numerous types of karts and kart racing, with various clubs specializing in different forms. The Woodbridge Kart Club specializes in a form of karting generally referred to as “enduro”. Enduro racing differs from other forms of karting in the size/length of tracks raced on, the length (in minutes) of each race event, as well as in the design of the karts themselves.
In enduro racing, most race events are a minimum of 20 minutes in length, while many classes hold races as long as 45 minutes non-stop. By comparison, many “sprint” style races held by various other clubs are limited to short events of 15 minutes or less. Enduro events (including those held by WKC) take place on full-size auto racing tracks usually ranging in length from 1.0 to more than 2.5 miles. Again, by comparison, many smaller sprint tracks are only between 0.3 – 0.9 miles in length.
A typical enduro race weekend will usually feature classes for a huge array of different kart and engine types. The two most basic categories are commonly referred to as “Sprint” (sit-up), and “Enduro” (laydown) type karts. The obvious difference is the overall length of the kart, and the position of the driver in the kart. In a “sprint” kart, the driver sits in an upright, or slightly reclined position with some degree of bend in the knees. An “enduro” style kart, however, is generally longer to accommodate the driver laying nearly flat on his/her back with only the head inclined for visibility.
Aerodynamics play an important role in enduro karting with the high speeds that can be achieved on the large tracks. Speeds achieved in enduro karing can range from 50 mph in some of the low-horsepower classes to nearly 150 mph at the highest levels of advanced karting. It is not unexpected for some types of entry-level enduro karts to achieve over 100 mph during a race. Viewing photos of various types of race karts will help show the distinct differences between classes, and the importance of the aerodynamic body panels.
In an effort to make racing affordable for everyone by dividing costs among many participants, most enduro clubs (including WKC) host classes for both enduro and sprint style karts. Beyond these two basic categorizations, there are dozens of different classes based on engine type and size, overall weight, fuel type, etc. WKC has several classes open to new comers just learning to race, and as your skills progress there are numerous other classes to experiment with.
WKC is always looking for new members to join our fun, and we are very open to helping new-comers work past the list of questions on any new karters mind. If you are still reading, you must be interested in learing more about karting. The best plan is to read through the other information available on this site to familiarize yourself with the specifics of enduro karting. We recommend you read the “Getting Started”, “Frequently Asked Questions”, and “Preparing for your first race” articles. Please contact any officer for additional information, or feel free to visit one of our regular monthly meetings, or come watch a race weekend!
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