The advice I got from Sodi was not to have them unless it’s mandated. The karts weigh 145 kg plus driver, the weight is low and at the sides (batteries). To roll one is nigh on impossible. Just wanted ur opinions, I’m still on the fence!
Hehe I saw a kid flip a rollbar 400+ lbs electric at RPM in Jersey City. It is possible!
To be fair he pretty much pinned it into the barriers. Big crash.
Jim Hall shared with me his worst crash at the Ventura Counry fairgrounds. A pilot did not brake at EOS. Proceeded to hit barriers. Kept going, hit kerb, which caused her to get air and go over a fence and crash in parking lot.
That’s 3 chances to brake, missed. Some folks have odd panic reaction (floor it).
Might be a case of the devil you know. Perhaps the insurance companies have zero data on karts crashing into snowbanks and as such can’t underwrite a risk they can’t quantify?
But yeah. Snow is soft.
Given that we are talking about Khazakstan here which most likely has a very different legal climate than the USA, I’d tend to go standard. The USA seems uniquely litigious globally. European countries, I am told, have much less lawsuits like this.
I get where you are coming from on this, even though you get the “THESE ARE NOT BUMPER CARS” speech with rental karts people have other ideas for what is fun. Plus rentals don’t usually have the most supportive seats so something that helps hold me in place is welcome over flopping around.
I’m not sure this thought this a real consideration/danger, but how are the belts at holding the driver in place, and how easy will it be to ensure they are on properly for every session for every customer? If the belts are good, and proper use can be assured, then they sound OK, but if not, it seems like in an inversion the roll hoop could become an unintended weapon that could crush a flailing limb or more important body part.
Reality is, like any harness, they need to be cranked down. I crank it tight, but I am guessing loosey-goosey is standard. Which would be useless. It is mainly concession karting folk using these and they wouldn’t really think about it.
Running Sodi karts I wouldn’t put them on if you have an option. I’ve worked at a couple rental facilities and I’ve only seen one kart flip in 4 years. The weight is low enough and they aren’t going fast enough, so you really have to try to get those things even on two wheels, much less upside down.
I would think as a business owner, Insurance Regulations and variances in cost would dictate having them or not more than anything else. The U.S. is pretty strict in this regard, but Kazakhstan may not be. I know many electric karts have remote governors that can restrict an individual kart or the entire group if someone is acting foolish or there is an on track incident that requires the entire field to slow down. Not sure if they are sophisticated enough yet to slow the karts only in a yellow flagged corner versus all over the track, but the tech is getting better.