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J.R. Ybarra



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:02 pm    Post subject: Gas vs. Electric Karts? Reply with quote

Ok, so lets kick off this new forum with one of the main questions for those of you who regularly participate in the great sport of indoor karting.

Do you prefer:

1. Gas Powered Karts

2. Electric Powered Karts

3. Makes no difference?

Curious to get your feedback.

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Chuck Parker



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Driven both, I prefer the Electrics. No smell and wifey will go along drive as well. Not sure how the economics work out for the proprieter operating the facility. But that's my take.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both have their advantages. Gas makes you feel like your racing outdoors, but you have the smell that doesn't go well if your out for a night on the town. Electric has the big torque and is quite, but doesn't give you that feel of horsepower with no sound. Depending on the track as well. If it's a small track, I'll take electric. If its a long track, gas power for me, IMO
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Patrick Hubbell



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have not driven an electric kart, however, I can see the advantages the electric has over the gas powered kart. No pollution and lots of torque.
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Larry Andrews



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried the electrics recently. It's a bit frustrating that they can be remotely controlled - first race runs so slow it's easy to go flat the whole time. Make a tiny mistake and they slow you down significantly.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Larry Andrews wrote:
I tried the electrics recently. It's a bit frustrating that they can be remotely controlled - first race runs so slow it's easy to go flat the whole time. Make a tiny mistake and they slow you down significantly.


Not sure what facility you went to, but most indoor facilities have remotes to control the karts in case of an on-track incident. I don't believe they turn down the speed to keep you slow for fun.
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Josh Buttafoco



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We run OTL electric karts.

Electric is much different than their gas counterpart. With instant torque it's faster to take unconventional lines shorting the distance from A to B vs traditional driving lines.

The electric karts push more than the gas karts, 4 batteries, solid axles + electic motor is alot of weight to balance out.

Heavy driver Weight is less of a disadvantage due to the power delivery and torque.

The electric motors are extremely reliable, 2 facilities over almost 3 years and not one failure.

Both are fun, the performance of electric is more consistant.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should get interesting when they go to lithium polymer batteries.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When Genk and Spa are nearby, who needs indoor? Very Happy



I think there's a place in the world for electric, but it's not realistic to think it's going to change transportation for the entire world. Top Gear UK had a good point - make the electricity available through overhead cables and it starts to make more sense.
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