Lots and lots of oversteer.
Last night, the Autobahn Indoor Speedway in West Nyack saw a karting smackdown of epic proportions. Readers went toe-to-toe against Jalopnik writers and Formula E race car drivers. It was nuts, and we can’t thank you all enough for coming out to be a part of the noise.
Nika’s one true passion is karting and she’s not afraid to fight for it—and holy crap, do they ever fight in this trailer. One dude straight-up gets headbutted in the face. Another gets kidnapped. Every lame NASCAR post-race punch has just been put to shame by this movie trailer for the Slovenian film Nika.
Near as I can tell, most car people go nuts for karting. Especially when you tell them that the karts are gas-powered. Their eyes light up like it’s Christmas. My response is usually a quiet, lonely “Ugh,” so that nobody will hear me.
Go-karts are the perfect place to satisfy your need for speed, but you may want to remember that the laws of physics still apply in real life.
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.