Want be fast through bends? Shift your body inwards
12 October 2016
Faster through bends kart, move the body or not?
WANT TO BE FAST THROUGH BENDS? SHIFT YOUR BODY INWARDS
One of the most title winners in the history of karting. Winner of 4 world titles.
“Bull! It’s very tough to counterbalance the kart with your body, especially when you are up against strong lateral acceleration forces. Besides, you won’t go any faster… all you get is that tires wear in a more uniform manner and to a lesser degree”.
IF YOU DON'T USE YOUR TIRES THEY'LL LOSE SPEED
Development Manager for Vega tyres. He is the man in charge of the brand's racing program
”Tires’ footprint mesh is made with a "mix" of polymers, oils, carbon dust and other elements that has been vulcanized (a chemical treatment that makes it soft, ed.). If we keep in mind that tires are subject to a constant (albeit minimal) process of vulcanization, as time goes on they'll lose their most important mechanical property, which is the capacity to "adapt" to the microscopic holes that characterize the surface of a road or track. In addition, tire carcasses contain a nylon layer that tends to absorb humidity as time goes on, with obvious effects on pertormance. On average, alter 7 months or so, hard-mesh tires will lose about 4 or 5 tenths per lap, while soft tires will lose less speed (2 tenths) and will yield o more steady behavior.”
KZ ENGINES ARE NOTHING LIKE THOSE THAT POWER GRAN PRIX BIKES
Manufacturer of karting engines since 1979 and of Velox chassis since 2010
“They are totally different! Karting engines are designed and built with completely different goals compared to those for race bikes: karts are constantly subject to acceleration forces, while bikes have completely different use ranges on long circuits. They also differ considerably in terms of components: for instance, the crankshaft in a KZ engine is much lighter. The karting categories that run with engines meant for bikes are for amateur drivers, because true karting engines are much stronger."
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