Chonda engines are the most simple version of the small block engines running 200mph at Texas Motor Speedway minus seven cylinders, the water pump, alternator, radiator, and a ton more. The engine consists of your intake, carburetor, crankshaft, one connecting rod, one piston, one intake valve, one exhaust valve, two push rods, two rocker lifters, a header, magneto, fly wheel, and a spark plug. Nothing more than the bare essentials for an engine to run. Bolt down the 10hp engine to a sprint kart chassis, grab some safety gear and you can go racing with all of your buddies or from people all across the country, and even the world! The engine is simple and the chassis is even more simple. The chassis has a few tubes welded together with some bearings for the rear axle that transfers the engine power to the wheels through a chain drive system, a couple of spindles for the front wheels, a support column for the steering wheel and shaft that connect to the spindles via a tie rod, a few tabs to mount the seat and some extra tabs to bolt the body work to. With only so many parts to fix after nailing the wall at 60mph and only a few parts to clean, I have time to learn about what changes made to the kart do what to the feeling of the kart and how well it handles while turning as well as going in a straight line. I can learn about toe, camber, caster, weight distribution and tire pressures and how those changes affect the kart and learn what changes increase speed and what is robbing me of valuable speed. Along with setup changes, I can learn how to drive a kart and learn how to take turns the proper way to keep the karts momentum up and minimizing sliding to ensure I have the greatest amount of speed exiting the corner. Although these techniques will not help me a ton in Legends Cars, when I race in the 24 Hours of LeMons I will need every bit of help pulling the ~90hp Nissan Pulsar NX out of the corners before hitting the 1,000+ft straights where I will likely top the car out.
Speedzone and Adventure Landing are both fun places to go with your friends and family, but what about the times I want to race my racing friends and see who really is the fastest? Speedzone lets you know who has the best luck in finding a kart that has the governor set for a little higher RPM which means higher speed, but for a real test of who has the most skill you need to go somewhere where you actually have to use your left foot. I am going to put in a little plug for one of my "sponsors" here because they are helping my racing out in a ton of different ways in return for a little help for 40 hours a week running races and working on their karts so that you can enjoy them when you want to race your friends and see who has the most skill. At Pole Position Raceway you can really find out who has the most skill by racing in a real racing kart. There are a few differences between these karts and my Chonda kart. The first is that these are electric karts running on four 12v marine batteries. The second is that these have a differential on the rear axle meaning the turning physics are a little bit different than my solid rear axle. The third is the fact these weigh 200lbs more than my kart and have a harder compound tire that can not grip the group quite as well as my kart but still capable of nearly 1g in the turns. Because of the few differences there is a need to drive the kart a little different than a sprint kart. I would tell you on here but we would not get any business that way, if you want to learn how to drive these karts fast you will have to stop by Pole Position raceway in Frisco, TX and come talk to me to get some tips! While you are there you will definitely need to get behind the wheel of these powerful karts and learn just how much of an adrenaline rush you can get even at 40mph!