Karting- a DEFINITION
The first kart was built in 1956 by American engineer Art Ingels and equipped with a lawnmower motor that powered a rear wheel via a bicycle chain. Ingels, who previously built racing cars at Kurtis Kraft, met with great interest with his invention. Imitators of the simple concept quickly found themselves and the first races were held in parking lots. Karts were shown at the Paris Motor Show as early as 1959 and found their way to Europe. In February 1960, the Wiesbaden Automobile Club founded the Go-Kart Club Deutschland (GKCD
) and cooperatively affiliated to the Automobil Club Deutschland.
is the part of motorsport in which racers compete with small, motorized vehicles called Karts on special karting tracks. In addition, there is also the hobby variant, in which anyone can ride on tracks, which are often in halls, for amusement, driving rental karts. These have about 8-10 hp and reach a speed of about 70 km/h.
Due to their simple and light construction, karts are very fast and agile. They can reach speeds of more than 150 km/h. Due to the low centre of gravity only a few centimetres above the road, high cornering speeds are achieved in karting, which leads to a strong physical strain (up to 4 G).
Karting is also practiced by children and adolescents.