I drive a 2019 Kosmic OTK chassis in LO206 Sr at 370lbs. Our track (Mac Track in Mcminnville, OR) has a section of fast “esses” which I am really struggling to get my kart comfortable through. They are (or should be) flat out and it is a series of fairly wide radius corners.
Here is an aerial view:
The section I am referring to is at the top center of the image. The track is ran both directions. I feel pretty good through them in the CCW direction because they are a bit slower speed coming out of the top half of the oval. In the CW direction, that back straight builds up quite a bit of speed before entering the esses with the wide right, wide left, tighter right and tighter left series.
What I am struggling with is oversteer from apex to exit through the last three corners (left, right, left). Once you go too deep on one, the entire series is messed up so it’s a big impactful mistake.
I’ve played around with my chassis setup but I’m new to karting so I was hoping to get some advice for things to try. Current setup: two small spindle spacers up front, 2mm tow out, stock caster, neutral camber, medium height front and back, stock oval torsion bar in flat position, one extra seat stay per side, 1390mm rear width. I’m a tall guy at 6’2" so I would think I’d have no issue jacking weight?
I think I have a okay understanding of chassis tuning at a high level. To better unweight the inside rear, I need to increase weight jacking. That would normally involve: widening the front, increase caster, stiffen torsion bar, or narrow the rear. However, I feel like the front end of my kart is already “VERY” pointy. As I understand those adjustments, they would further increase the “pointiness” of the front end which I don’t necessarily want to do. In fact, it sometimes feels like the front pulls the rear around into oversteer at times.
I tried stiffening the torsion bar a touch which made the esses feel slightly better but the slower corners felt like the rear was setting down too quickly. It made the binding / bog on exit worse than it already feels so I took that adjustment back out. I tried a touch of negative camber to see if freeing up the front would help but I really don’t drive well with understeer and it was slower. I was thinking next time out, I should widen the front and narrow the rear. I guess I am just looking for some guidance on which direction I should be going next time I go out. Other drivers can keep their foot down through all four corners and I believe I am losing a lot of time having to lift slightly as to no induce oversteer and mess up the whole series of corners. I was also seeing my right rear tire coming in with the highest hot pressures after a session. As the layout was clockwise and most of the corners are right handers, I feel like that pointed to scrubbing / not lifting it enough somewhere.