Drifting while karting, is it good or bad?

Drifting is something that happens a lot while karting. It sounds cool and it gives you that exciting racing feeling, but is it really the right thing to do? Does sliding your wheels through the bends make your kart go faster? Read on and find out!

This is how you end up in a drift

Drifting sounds easy, but it isn’t! It is actually the controlled transverse sliding with a kart. It’s the ultimate form of vehicle control, but sometimes it can happen by accident. While drifting, the driver throws the steering wheel all the way to one side and holds it this way for as long as possible.

Is drifting while karting good or bad?

We’ll take you out of the illusion that drifting is faster because it isn’t. This is because you are deliberately putting the kart in oversteer. You want to keep this one as long as possible. In karting, you always want to keep your wheels rolling, because that’s how you create the most speed. While drifting, your wheels don’t roll and this will make you lose speed.

There is a bright spot on the horizon, with some curves or combinations or certain surfaces drifting your kart is faster! It may not always be faster, but of course, it’s still really cool to put your kart in a drift mode. But don’t overdo it! Drifting is actually not good for the kart tires at all, because they wear out much faster. Real drifting is also difficult with most rental karts because you can often only drift a small part.

Go drift karting!

Do you really want to drift? That’s possible!  There is a thing called drift karting. Here, the karts are set up in a way so that you can make the perfect drift. Furthermore, the karts are equipped with a hand brake and special drift tires!

Want to show off your newly learned skills on the go-kart track? Then quickly book a kart centre near you!

Afke Tine
Afke Tine