Gripping Stuff

07Apr
07Apr

Today is a big day for K-Racer! I have an extremely exciting announcement to make. As you’re no doubt aware, I love making technical videos, blog posts, and all kinds of content for you guys which hopefully makes your karting experience more enjoyable and more rewarding. However, as the business has been growing so much recently, I’ve really struggled to keep up with all of my responsibilities, and unfortunately I ended up spending most of my time taking orders over the phone and packing boxes.

20Aug
20Aug

Last week, the head honcho's at KA (I hate the new name, doesn't roll off the tongue like AKA at all!) dropped a bomb and released their "whole of sport review". It's the biggest change to hit Australian karting since... well, since long before I was involved, and possibly since before I was born! From the stories I've heard, this is the biggest thing to hit Australian karting since the venerable Yamaha KT100 engines were introduced, which I believe was some 30 years ago.

12May
12May

Our new site is here

Posted in K-Racer News By Col Fink

I'm ecstatic to announce today that our new website is live! This has been a huge effort by everyone on the team here and I'm thankful for all the work everyone has put in (Luke, Mish, Ben, take a bow). I promised our new shipping arrangements - which mean I'm no longer spending all day packing boxes - would bring noticeable improvements for you guys and today is the first big step forwards.

23Jul
23Jul

Race Line Basics - part 1

Posted in Driving By Col Fink

Today I'm going to talk about the basic handling characteristics of a kart, and the way that they affect the ideal racing line to take through a standard sort of corner. Some of this might seem a little obvious, but it's important to understand the principles as they contribute to some much more complicated decisions that we'll discuss in a future post.

06Aug
06Aug

Okay, so kart setup is punctuated everywhere by non-linear relationships. This is a mathematical term (something I try to avoid including too much of in this blog!) which means that the phrase "if some is good, more is better!"... isn't true. It's a tough one to explain in writing, so I thought I'd do it with a video!

09Jul
09Jul

Hey guys,

I had a smashing new idea - see making good videos out at the track is a LOT harder than you'd think - and when it's miserably wet and cold like it is in Melbourne right now... well, it's even less likely to happen! However, I do own a whiteboard, and I do dislike Wednesdays just as much as everyone else (you're never further from raceday than you are on a Wednesday), so I thought I would try to spice up hump day occasionally by starting a new tradition...

16Jun
16Jun

Do Something Different

Posted in Driving By Col Fink

I was at CIK round 3 at Pucka on the weekend helping my old mate Simo bang around in TAG Heavy. Simo had a weekend to forget, unfortunately, but a couple of his Harrington Doyle team-mates did something which struck a chord with me.

19May
19May

Tech Videos

Posted in K-Racer News By Col Fink

Hey everyone,

As many (many!) of you know, I've had a few issues with the videos on the site recently. As it happens, I'm filming a whole bunch of new videos now, so rather than muck around with these ones any more, I've just made them publicly available.

12Nov
12Nov

Here's a great piece of footage from the 2011 F1 qualifying at Suzuka, and it demonstrates just how precise you need to be to defeat your rivals. Show 99% of people this footage with no commentary and they wouldn't even notice the differences. The exact line taken through each corner, and track position and attitude of the car, all of this adds up to dictate your final laptime. The tiniest of changes can mean the difference between victory and defeat, as we see here.

14Oct
14Oct

So, most people come to realise soon after joining the karting fraternity that magnesium wheels are almost a necessity to compete at the top level in many classes... especially when it's hot. But there are so many choices, it's hard for the newcomer to know what to invest in. We thought it was time to describe the pro's and con's of each wheel type to help you make the right choice for your kart.

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