24kg!! He is really small and skinny, just like an average 14 year old boy sort of thing.Belatti wrote:http://www.karting.co.uk/KandK/Tech/index.html
I think that you are better driver than your friend djones. 14kg is a lot!
You better begin a diet before your friend improves
Aceleration should be better for his friend (60kg) and 24kg (sorry djones) lighter.Ciro Pabón wrote: I'm not sure about the weight. Conventional wisdom says the lighter the better, because grip is more or less the same while acceleration should be better for you. The fact that your friend overtook you on straights says to me that he had a better engine.
I underlined the sentence that confusses me.Ciro Pabón wrote: When you turn the tyre towards the inside of the kart (front circle) the wheel is "lifted" from the ground: this causes this corner to "go down", lifting the opposite rear wheel
You can also increase the Ackerman setting to achieve a similar effect: that is, you make your inner wheel to turn more than the outer, increasing the lift of the rear inner wheel, making slightly easier for you to "tricycle" around the corner.
Sorry, I don't know why I ended thinking djones was lighter. My mistake.Belatti wrote:Ciro, I didn´t get these points
Aceleration should be better for his friend (60kg) and 24kg (sorry djones) lighter.
I think they have similar engines and the light guy accelerates faster.
Well, I don't know how to explain it better. Imagine the chassis is supported on blocks: when you turn the steering wheel inwards, the larger the caster angle the more the tyre "goes up", relative to the chassis.Ciro Pabón wrote: When you turn the tyre towards the inside of the kart (front circle) the wheel is "lifted" from the ground: this causes this corner to "go down", lifting the opposite rear wheel
Added with load transfer (that accounts the weight already in place)i don't think this is a problem indeed.mep wrote:Is it possible that someone is to light to lift the heavy cart?
Maybe a very light person is not able to lift the rear wheel just by moving a bit with his shoulders.
And so he loses very much time during acceleration out of a corner compared to a heavier person.
Where the engine of the heavier person is not able to reach the max top speed during straights.
I think the track layout plays also a big role.
If the circuit is very twisty with only short straights one could get an advantage.
Or the disadvantage from being heavier is ruled out.
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