Who doesn’t like showing off with their brand new car, wheel-squeak start from the red light, powerful sound of the exhausts that makes the windows shake? I know I do, well, I did. During the night the illegal street races dominate the streets in most big cities of the world. The solution was always there, people just never knew about it. Organized races, on special tracks, with very powerful engines, go-karting.
Every weekend a group of dedicated sportsmen to the motto “need4speed” gathers with their engines and their “cars” on a racing track just outside this city. Here they can prove who is the best and the fastest racer around in a safe and controlled environment by racing something similar to a car, something that can outrun a car on acceleration; a go-kart, and all this in a safe and controlled environment.
Statistically, 59 people will die or get an awfully injured in car accidents caused by excessive speed, this month only. Why expose yourself and others around you to this danger? A few years ago, this happened to me, I got into a car accident caused by the excessive speed that I was driving with. Doctors say I was very lucky to be alive and with no injuries at all, divine intervention some might call it, that was the day when I decided to not let speed control me but myself to control the speed. That was the day I started go-karting and abandoned racing on streets, I gave up the “opportunity” of killing myself and others around me.
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This sport is dangerous, your bottom lies only a few centimeters from the ground, the engine is right next to your head and the speeds reached go over 90 miles / hour easily, depending on your engine. On a race day as many as 20 go-karts can be found on the track. For some classes you even have a gear box which gives you an even bigger control of what you can do.
These “toys” as I heard them called give you an acceleration 0-60 faster then a Ferrari car, as low as 3 seconds. As far as the dangers, they are low as long as you can leave your problems outside the go-kart when you go on the track. You won’t be able to think about them anyway because you will realize that the next turn is coming towards you at a fast speed. The worst possible situation is that during an accident your engine or chassis gets damaged and you can’t continue the race.
Although apparently it shouldn’t be too expensive, the sport is. Every race weekend as many as 10 sets of tires might be destroyed, the engine itself needs to have its piston changed, not to mention small damage that the go-kart can suffer during a race, the gasoline you need to buy; these small monsters, being 2-stroke engines, eat as much as 70-80% gasoline mixed with oil, which can end up costing quite a bit. But let us be realistic, the price is not that big for the people that this article is addressed to, the ones that can easily afford a 150.000 pound car, the gas that this car eats and not to mention the risk factor of racing on the streets, their own life and the lives of the ones that can be hit by a vehicle at high speed, which is priceless.
Lastly, the risk of street racing isn’t only that you will hit someone, but street racing also has its “undoing”, the police. Most of the street racers eventually do get caught, and when they do all they can think about now is regrets for not moving to Karting if they have read this article. Leave the world of street racing and join the world of Karting, you won’t regret it when you will realize that the thrill you get is bigger the one from street racing and moreover you wont regret it when realizing that by doing this sport you saved at least one life, your own.
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