Just as the form of a basketball or soccer player affects their accuracy, your position in a go-kart affects your driving.
If you want to be a great go-kart racer, you must first get your posture corrected in the best way. Your posture impacts your race craft and speed. You need to find a position that’s both comfortable and gives better control over your kart.
In this blog, we’ll give you tips for the best posture in a go-kart. Sounds basic? It’s actually more difficult than you might think!
What’s the Best Way to Sit in a Go-Kart?
Before anything else, you should make your comfort and stability a priority. You need to get in a comfortable position where you can easily reach the steering wheel and the pedals without having to lean forward.
Your hands should be straight—but not completely—as you reach your wheel, and you should be able to comfortably push yourself away from the wheel (with your shoulders against the kart seat) when racing. Pushing your shoulders against the kart seat transfers the weight to the rear, and this helps you get more grip back there. Consequently, you keep your rear from sliding as much, giving you an easier control of your kart and a smoother steering experience, especially when making sudden turns.
Sit tightly against the seat and maintain a stable posture. Lastly, don’t lean forward or move around in your kart while racing because it will make it harder for you to control your movements.
Can Leaning Help Improve Speed in Go-Kart Racing?
The answer is yes—but only if you do it the right way!
When you’re making a turn, don’t lean your body towards the apex. Remember that the direction you lean towards will receive the shifted weight. Putting a heavier weight over the inside wheels as you approach a corner will make it difficult for you to straighten up after the turn.
What you should do is to assume a stable position and keep the weight equally distributed over the go-kart’s center. If you must shift weight, push yourself against the outer side of the kart as it makes a turn. Lean more towards this side with your whole body as if you’re pushing yourself out of the go-kart.
You must know, however, that this is an advanced technique. If you are not familiar with it yet, then work on building the muscle memory for that first—this will help you in the long run, especially when you’re racing with others on the track. Practicing the proper timing and technique in leaning can make you faster and give you a competitive edge over other racers.
Aside from paying attention to your posture and the way you lean, here’s a last reminder: before you start speeding away, adjust the position of your seat until you’re confident you can comfortably reach the pedals and the steering wheel!
When it comes to racing a go-kart, your appearance is the least of your priorities. Rather than making sure you look cool in your kart, you should put your comfortability and safety first. If you’re sat awkwardly and are not able to adjust your position, there’s a big chance you won’t be able to steer smoothly and keep your kart in control—which won’t just make you slower, it could be dangerous too!
If you’re looking to practice the tips we shared above, why not visit us at Utah Motorsports Campus? We have the best go-kart outdoor tracks in Salt Lake City, along with high-quality safety equipment to give you an excellent racing experience! Get in touch with us today to book your visit.
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