Go Kart History

The History Of The Go Kart

In the year nineteen fifty six a man by the name of Art Ingels invented the first go kart in California. This cart was seen as a little more than a lawn mower that can be driven around by a driver. It has come a long way when one considers that the current go karts reach speeds of up to one hundred and sixty miles per hour. The history of the go kart was surely not aimed at keeping it as a driven lawn mower.

Children watched their fathers build these little cars for their children and until today many people consider it to be a sport for the younger ones. Go karting is a sport enjoyed by men and women, boys and girls alike. It is also considered a relatively new sport seeing as it has only been around for the past sixty years.

These vehicles consist of a motor, chassis, transmission, a single driver seat and four tires. As the chassis is made for flexibility, these karts have no suspension and this enables the kart to grip around tough turns on the track. Depending on the type of race, the chassis is either closed with a protective roller cage, or it is open for the more subtle races.

The reason why it is often still referred to as lawn mowers is that most karts come with a four stroke engine. These are standard type of engines used in lawn mowers. The more advanced karts consist of two stroke engines which are specialized and made by reputable companies. As for the tires, they are similar to those of formula one racing cars where drivers either choose to fit slick tires with no threading, or rain tires that have a stronger grip on wet surfaces.

One thing that stands out in the history of the gokart is that it can either be home built, professionally assembled, raced on tracks or raced on dirt. No matter who is behind the wheel and who is in the crowd, this sport is shear excitement for young and old.