Anyone experience a similar situation:
I hopped in my new kart yesterday and it was not a good session. I was unable to test, had only quali-final to get familiar.
Understeer. Lots. Unable to get a turn to hook up. Push on exit.
Kart feels imbalanced, like my weight is too much over the axle and too far back. Just a feeling but it is what I immediately noticed. I am told seat is baselined. He did adjust caster, I think, for final and I was 1s faster but still 3s off pace.
What’s most alarming is how incompetent I felt. I have gotten used to hopping in random karts and being able to extract much of what they can offer, particularly low powered rentals.
This was different. I felt like there wasn’t much of a way forwards. It feels like the kart need to be rolled through the turn to not push. Basically lift to rotate and let it roll till straight. But, this would also require a sort of oval like momentum entry, which the front end does not like, skittering across the apex.
I felt incompetent, which is unusual. I can’t tell if it is me fundamentally misunderstanding the kart and required technique. I feel like I should have been able to get the kart under me and hook up some turns.
I acknowledge that ego is a powerful thing. I Acknowledge that I am typically someone who has a higher opinion of his abilities than reality… but, this was surprisingly bad, even for me.
How do I find out if it’s me or a fundamentally messed up setup?
Bear in mind that I hop in karts from time to time and have never experienced this. My trip to gopro, for example, was fine. My laps in a strange kart on a strange track were good. They usually are fine. This time it was very different.
I only had about 30-35 laps total, so hardly my final form, lo206 wise. That being said, it felt so off, it is out of my experiential wheelhouse.
Anyone else have a similar experience? It’s like being able to speak French and then waking up to feel like you understand 1 word in three.
Could it be that this low power kart with hard tires behaves so differently from heavier rentals or more sticky TAG that I have to completely rethink the evolution of a corner?
As it stands, it appears that you cannot try to accelerate through the apex, that you have to essentially coast and let kart rotate before putting down power? This seems wrong and inconsistent with what I understand.