the Salt Flats
Disclaimer: Fan page not associated with
The USFRA (Utah Salt
Flats Racing Association) http://www.saltflats.com
allows karts to run on the Salt Flats. Even kid karts can run, with
some caveats like
a competition license in another racing organization.
Cory (9) and his dad
Robert drove thousands of miles to particpate! His kart went 96 mph
(154 km/hr)! Below are pictures of it. It is hard to see, but in the
right picture a 2nd kart is hidden below the one you see.
The top kart has a huge 2 cylinder motor, and a lengthened wheelbase.
longer wheelbase gives this kart more stability for the high speeds it
|Right is a
a another kart. This one runs a race prepped Yamaha KT-100 two stroke
engine. This kart was to be run by Michael (13) and Elizabeth (11).
Note the external starter. The motor has such high compression
the car starter has trouble turning it over if it is on the compression
stroke. The dolly is used to keep the rear wheels in the air, for two
reasons. One is for safety, it prevents the kart from driving off while
the starter is engaged to the motor. The second reason is this
allows the rear wheels to spin, adding some flywheel action to the
motor, which lets it start more easily.
this kart's clutch broke, so it never posted a speed. We have to hand
it to fellow competitors Cory and his dad and other racers. Literally
within 1 minute folks were running up with offers of tools and help,
even offers to loan a clutch and a motor! Thanks also to my good friend
CE for helping take apart the clutch and for pictures and videos. Below
is a video
of the failed launch. It'll be back in 2009, and hopes to break 50 mph
its first year out with the standard gearing, and hopes to go faster
with better gearing in 2010.
are little videos of the failed
launch and the kart idling:
I don't know anything about this kart, but it sure looks intense!
Thanks again to Ray for these pics. Click for a bigger image, is that a
parachute on the back?