How Electric Go Karts Changed Indoor Racing

A California man named Art Ingels is commonly credited as the father of kart racing, as he built the very first go kart in his garage in the mid-1950s. Since then the sport has exploded in popularity, with an estimated 35 million Americans racing karts in some form or another each year. Although Art’s first kart featured a gasoline-powered lawnmower motor, much of the sport’s growth can be attributed to the introduction of the electric go kart.

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A Product Of The Electric Car

Although electric cars seem like a modern innovation, they actually far predate the internal combustion engines we all grew up with. Believe it or not, the first electric car was introduced in 1828 – more than 30 years before the start of the Civil War!

Automakers began taking a fresh look at electric cars at the start of the new millennium, spending millions of dollars to develop technology that is now becoming increasingly common on the roads. Their engineers developed ways to shrink battery packs and build more robust electronics, paving the way for electric karts.

Cleaner & More Comfortable

The gas-powered karts that preceded their electric replacements were loud, and produced a large amount of strong-smelling and potentially harmful emissions. This really limited the appeal of kart racing, as many people did not want to subject themselves to the odor and harmful exhaust.

Electric go karts have opened the doors for a new indoor kart racing experience. Now racers of all ages can enjoy fast, fun, and safe racing without the obnoxious odors. Since electric karts produce no emissions, racers can enjoy a comfortable, temperature-controlled environment.

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