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TKART Staff
10 February 2016
Track width is a fundamental set-up parameter that is easy and quick to adjust. Based on our test driver’s impressions and AIM telemetric data, let’s discover how widening or narrowing front-end track actually impacts kart performance
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Verify how the kart responds to front track adjustments

Test 1: “two-notch” front width
Test 2: “five-notch” front width

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Even and well-kept tarmac, but completely rubber-free (the test was done in the middle of the week); this is why we opted for extremely high-performance tires like Vega White

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26°C (79° F)
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IN THEORY
TIRES AND GRIP
If you use soft tires on a track without much rubber you won’t get excessive bite (neither in the front nor the rear) and so you’re not going to feel the typical draw-back effect while accelerating. Even so, you need to make sure front and rear grip are well balanced. Setting the front track very wide increases bite at corner entry and mid-corner handling, but could give insufficient traction on corner exit, as the rear inside tire will remain slightly lifted even without much steering. In addition, as a rule of thumb, high front end grip causes greater rear end sliding.
FRONT TRACK 2 NOTCHES
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