Home Forums General Karting Discussion Why do drivers sit so tall in sprint karts? Reply To: Why do drivers sit so tall in sprint karts?

#14518

Rodney Ebersole
Participant

Paul, With either seat the top point of the pyramid of traction control is the seat/driver. The bottom is the tires contact points. The taller the pyramid is will increase the amount of  vertical force upon the contact points when trying to change direction.

A lay down seat set up would need  narrower and shorter contact points in order to try and equal the vertical force that a sit up seat would have.  At some point in width and length decreases it would not be able to produce as much vertical force upon the tires.

Horizontal forces and dirt reduce grip .