The thing about kids who race karts is that they are still very much kids.
Several years ago, Christopher Kippenberger brought us a short glimpse into the world of German pro/am youth karting in a short titled Kart Kids. Now he’s expanded upon that adorable nine-year-old’s explanation of how grip works into a bigger film, Kart Kids Der Film, due to hit in August.
Looks like a race in Canada went full Mario Kart over the weekend—not only does one kart leap straight over a competitor, it sticks the landing and keeps cruising!
Brian Parme, Pramoda Ravi and Michael Pagano didn’t ask to be heroes.
Another Detroit Auto Show is upon us, and you know what that means: it’s time for you, the readers, to test your mettle against the driving gods of Jalopnik. Are you faster than we are? (Probably.) Come find out this weekend!
Here’s a fun little sneaky trick to pull on someone that you just have to beat in a friendly karting competition.
Two emergency helicopters, firefighters, police, and ambulance were all sent to Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park last night to respond to reports of serious injuries. [UPDATE: Endurance Karting confirms their karts were used, track confirms five kids, two of which were injured.]
Ah, go-karts. One of many preferred gathering places of car nerds everywhere. Go-karts are such a nice, relaxing activity to do with your fri—wait. Wait. Hold up right there. We’re going karting? I HAVE TO WIN THIS AND I WILL PUNT YOU OUT OF THE WAY IF YOU’RE SLOW.
I have one problem in my life (and ONLY one problem, don't talk about the Other Thing), and that is that I both don't have an ice-racing race car, nor do I live near an ice racing track, and also, it is winter. But I just heard about ice karting, and now it is all I want to do forever and ever into eternity.
It's hard enough to keep a regular car pointed in the right direction on track in the rain. What about a tiny little go-kart with dinky wheels, no suspension, and your butt mere inches off the ground? Oh, yes. This is nuts.
Sub-$500 endurance racecars aren't really set up to lay down a blisteringly quick qualifying lap time without leaving the track in a catastrophic cloud of oil smoke. So, ChumpCar let its Central Region Chumpionship participants qualify on the go-kart track instead.
Combine a wet tight track with a ton of competitive kart racers and this is what you get: A track blocking crash of approximately 83,000 or so go karts.
How good is a NASCAR driver at karting?
If you want to see car control, look no further.
This is Crossroads Speedway, a karting track in, surprise, Florida. Or maybe Oklahoma? It doesn't really matter. What matters is that wherever it is, a pocket of raw chaos just collided with it, causing near record-levels of apeshit as a guy flips a kart with a driver in it, and starts a huge melée.
Racing anything down public streets is nuts. No guardrails, no runoff areas, no nothing. Doing it in 250cc SuperKarts, with no safety cages and no seatbelts, is even crazier. Doing all that on the Isle of Man in the rain, then, must be the peak of fun.
I don't know how I'm going to get myself to Rezh, in the plains of central Russia, but that's where they held this go kart race on ice, and that's the only place I want to be this winter.
Here's what you have: A shifter kart. A bunch of GoPros. A pro driver. An empty race track. An old set of tires. What do you do? You drift like mad.
Who doesn't like go-karting? Heartless, soulless monsters, that's who. And that's not us. So we want your help in identifying the best karting tracks across the USA. Know of any unusually fast karts? Amazing turns? Snack bars that serve beer in a mug made of pizza? Now's your chance to tell the world.