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MythBusters: Electric -vs- Gas

Discussion in 'News' started by doug, May 24, 2008.

  1. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

    Aug 20, 2006
    #3 TEG, May 24, 2008
    Last edited: May 24, 2008
    Also, many of those go-karts are used indoors these days ( Welcome to GoKart Racer ), so electric karts seem like a real good idea for reduced noise and indoor air pollution.

    Electric Karting - Coming to America @ Megawatt Motorworks
    Auto Racing Daily : Electric Karts The Way To Go
    Go Karts: 7 Advantages of Electric Go Karts Over Gas - Associated Content
    learn about electric karts, electric kart
    Electric go-karts
    Electric Go-Karts

    If would be good if someone opened an electric kart track in the SF Peninsula (since SpeedRing closed)
  2. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

    Aug 20, 2006
  3. tdelta1000

    tdelta1000 Active Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    South Florida
    I missed that show and found the link a good read. I do agree that ICE go kart had the slight advantage but EVs are here to stay and will take lead...soon. :)
  4. Dave EV

    Dave EV Active Member

    Jun 23, 2009
    San Diego
    Having done indoor kart racing at 2 local venues (K1 Speed and Miramar Speed Circuit), by far I prefer the lead-acid electric karts.

    Price is basically the same between the two (not that cheap at up to $20 / race - look for coupons or deals!)
    Top speed of the two karts feels similar.
    Electric carts kills the gas karts off-the-line acceleration - the gas karts can be dog slow off the line.
    The electric karts are much more consistent in performance - found the gas karts can vary significantly in power levels where the electric karts are generally very similar.
    Doesn't smell like gas/oil when you're racing
    You don't smell like gas when you leave

    So the electric karts have no drawbacks compared to the gas karts, at least at this level.

    For sure if you're really serious about racing gas karts will continue to have the edge for now - but I have to think there's a place for competitive electric kart racing as well.
  5. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

    Aug 20, 2006
    Yeah, I went to both of those tracks in San Diego too.
    I don't go to gas carts anymore, just electric.
    No fumes, no clutch slip, and much better off the line torque.

    Further, they tend to have much better controls - the staff can press a button an everyone on the track goes to half power (for instance) if there is an accident, and they can make cars slow down as they head back to the "pits", etc.
  6. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

    Oct 7, 2011
    Portland, Maine, USA
    Irrelevant, but humorous.
  7. VolkerP

    VolkerP EU Model S P-37

    Jul 6, 2011
    "Welcome to the Muppet Labs, where the future is being made today.
    We have a new electric car here today, and will demonstrate a super charging process which will charge up the vehicle in seconds from a bottle of tomato juice.
    We filled the tomato juice in here, what is actually a modified kitchen mixing machine. And now, my assistant Beaker will connect the supercharger cable coming out here to that electric car while I start up the mixer..."
    "C'mon, Beaker, it's only 400 Volts."
    "Mimimi Mieeeh"
    "Beaker, we all know EVs are good for the environment, so would you please now go ahead."
    "mimimimimimimi MIEMIEMIEMIE" frrrz Pop BANG!
    Dr Bunsen Honeydew sprinkled with tomato juice, pushing Beaker's smoldering shoes aside.
    "And in a further episode, when Beaker returns from the ceiling, we will charge up an ocean liner from a single chewing gum."

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