Steering Wheel Position

So, I hopped into a friend’s kart last Sunday as he’s trying to convince me to buy it. One of the things I noticed while driving is that he sets his steering wheel at a very vertical angle. It made the kart seem weirder to drive as mine is at a much larger angle (angled flatter). Is there any benefit to running the wheel vertical or is it all driver preference?

Driver preference. Most of our drivers including myself, run the 20 degree wedge. I’ve found it makes a little more comfortable on my wrists and helps me keep my arms stronger against the wheel with the more straight/direct connection.


The extreme rake/vertical rake is becoming more popular. I grew up driving a flat steering wheel or with only a slight wedge, so it still feels strange to me. But TJ is right, it does make it physically easier to drive.