So, and I guess I'm not alone, a lot of us would love to drive competitively, but being a lack of time, a lack of money, or a lack of effort, rental karting is all what's left. And when talking about rental karting it's unavoidable to come upon this evil unleashed beast, the Sodi Rental Kart:
The question is - how to drive this thing fast?
Usually I've done rental karting a couple of times per year, and usually I've won, but my laptimes are still some 2-4 seconds off the lap record. I feel I won only because I'm more into motorsports than my friends so I just know the right lines, but not the right technique. So it would be good to improve on this. What I've tried (always talking about slow corners)
- Corner entry oversteer: brake and turn at the same time (when using brakes is needed), to have it pointing at the right direction as soon as possible with the help of that slide, as there are only rear wheel brakes in the kart. But it just dies mid-corner, and has no revs to pick it up from there on. On reflection, I might be doing too much coasting (no brakes nor throttle applied) after the braking slide. Any brake-throttle overlap is required? Maybe getting back to throttle earlier? Before the apex? But then there's a chance to appear for...
- Corner exit oversteer: disastrous, I guess caused by being too fast mid corner. The kart just bounces in a slide, the revs drop as if it were in painful agony, resulting in no corner-exit speed, making it slower than the case before.
- No sliding: doing the turning only with the front wheels. Slow.
In quick long corners where you don't get off the throttle, it understeers. What I do is to make a really abrupt turn in, so rear wheels break a bit of grip, but I have no clue if this is quicker. They should provide some telemetry at the rental places
So, until more experimental work is done I think the way to go is keeping corner entry oversteer, but without any coasting and with a constant steering angle.
Thoughts? Experiences? Footage?
Edited by prty, 10 December 2012 - 20:48.