There are several main components which all work together to create the classic kart experience. However, some of these components vary depending on which type of kart you are driving. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Engine/Battery: Let’s face it, we need a power source. Gas powered karts are powered by an engine, which outputs between 3hp and 8hp usually. Which may not seem like a lot, but when you think of how light a go kart is, it’s more than enough power for most racers. Some super karts, which are used outside on race tracks may output a lot more power than this, though. E-karts, which are powered by electricity usually feature a large battery as their power source, and are regularly charged; these can be just as powerful.
Chassis: You need a basis to attach all the other components. The majority of go karts, if not all, feature a steel chassis. This is because steel is extremely strong, but has a slight bit of flexibility, which allows the go kart to not require suspension. This is because it is used inside, or on a smooth asphalt where bumps are rare.
Seat: Pretty self-explanatory, you need a seat.
Wheels: You have to get moving! The rims can be made out of a huge variety of materials, and they are surrounded by a tire on each wheel, made out of rubber.
Steering Column/Wheel: The steering wheel is attached to the steering column, this allows you to navigate around corners. Obviously.
There are many other parts to a go kart, such as accelerators, shifters, drive chains, bumpers, brakes, brake pads and brake discs, if you’re looking to build your own.