Real go-kart enthusiasts are right when they visit a go-kart track. The differences between electric karts and petrol karts are not only noticeable while driving, but why does one go-kart track choose petrol and the other go-kart track electric? Read on to learn what the differences are between the two most common types of karts:
Go-karting on petrol
Let’s start with petrol karts. These karts had been around for a while before the first electric karts were even invented. Petrol karts are the real classics!
Well… The advantages of petrol go-karts are very logical for some kart enthusiasts: the sound, the smell and the raw power of the engine that is released when you press the accelerator. It just feels right! Petrol karts are often limited to around 50/60 kilometres per hour on an indoor track, while on outdoor circuits some karts can reach 80 kilometres per hour! This ensures that you get a real Formula 1 feeling from your race in a petrol kart. While driving safe ofcourse!
What is an advantage for some people may be a disadvantage for others. Not everyone is a fan of the sound and smell of petrol karts. Especially fans of indoor karting can suffer from this. Another disadvantage is the emissions that are released during the combustion of petrol. When you race on an indoor go-kart track, it can’t be nice to have to race in the petrol fumes of forerunners. In extreme cases, the heat will be postponed so that the track can clear and the air is clean enough for racing again.
Electric karting is becoming increasingly popular in the United Kingdom. The rise of electric karts is partly due to the increasingly popular electric cars in the UK.
Electric racing has several advantages over petrol karts, but here too it comes down to personal preferences. Electric karting always means fewer emissions while racing, especially, when karts are charged with green electricity. In addition, electric karts do not produce harsh noises during racing and there is no exhaust for odors and gases. This means that you race in cleaner air and produce less noise pollution for the spectators. In addition, there are a number of go-kart tracks that have equipped their electric karts with a booster button. This button gives drivers access to a little bit of extra power to make overtaking easier. This function is only available on electric karts so far.
Unfortunately, it is not possible for electric fans to race on an outdoor go-kart track. These circuits only race with petrol karts. In addition, some racing enthusiasts see the advantages of electric driving as disadvantages. They find the smell, the sound and the vibrating engine an indispensable part of karting.
Ultimately, it is mainly about personal preferences. Are you a fan of the classic, scented and grumbling gasoline karts? Or do you prefer to drive odourless and silent with a green conscience? Whatever you want, there is always a go-kart track that suits you. View and compare all go-kart tracks here and plan your next outing full of adrenaline and sensation: