Does the kart setup need to be changed between qualifying and races?
17 October 2019
It is better to change the kart set up between qualifications and races. True or false?
The kart does not need a setup change between qualifying rounds and the race
Official Birel ART Racing driver, winner of the 2019 FIA Karting World Championship - KZ
The decisive assessment is made on an individual basis and it depends on the track you are racing on. Generally speaking, one does not use the same setup for timed sessions and the race. In qualifying, compared to the heats and the finals, a slightly longer gear ratio can be used because you have the new tires that allow you to have more grip. To make the most of this, we try to optimize the setup by loading the caster. With new tires the rear generates more thrust and can cause handling issues with the steering and the front in general. Adjusting the caster, modifies the balance between the front and rear axle allowing the kart to have more grip at the front when entering a turn
The biggest difference between a modern brake system and a 20-year-old brake system is the braking modulation
One of the greatest drivers in karting history, winner of 5 World titles between 1995 and 2000
Many think that the biggest difference between a modern brake system and one that was homologated in 2000 is the braking control. Obviously, the braking capacity has increased, yet what has changed most is the braking modulation. In 2000 the braking of a shifter kart was more complex. The braking feeling was similar to an ON/OFF switch. The new generation systems, with stroke recovery, allow for a more gentle and modular braking that, consequently, is more manageable by the driver.
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