CATCHING UP WITH CHRISTIAN BROOKS

MB2 Motorsports driver Christian Brooks is in the middle of his second season on the Red Bull Global Rallycross circuit, competing in the Lites division. Brooks competed as a rookie last season, earning a reputation for being one of the most solid and consistent young talents on the tour, and inspiring many people to believe that he was destined for great things soon. While he finished fifth overall in the standings and never reached the podium at any event, he held his standings position for most of the year and almost never dropped out of the top five despite being one of the youngest drivers on the tour.

Now in his second season and with a new team, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Brooks has shot off the line and taken the circuit by storm. Let’s see how the MB2 Motorsports driver has fared thus far.

The season kicked off in Memphis, Tennessee, and from the very first practice, Brooks put the competition on notice, registering the fastest lap at 1:06.970. After qualifying second, Brooks won his second heat comfortably to claim a spot in the semi-final at the event, and a second-place finish there earned him a spot in the final. Brooks drove his best main event to date in the Memphis final, battling it out and claiming his first-ever podium, finishing third, just two seconds behind the race winner.

The series moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where Brooks once again made history. After a blistering practice run where Brooks was once again the fastest driver around the track, Brooks won his second heat and semi-final rounds to advance to the final. In the final, Brooks held off the competition to take the checkered flag and claim his first Red Bull GRC Lites series victory! He did so in resounding fashion, finishing over two and a half seconds better than the second-best racer.

That victory gave him a huge momentum boost in the early going on the season, placing him in the frontrunners of the championship standings.

The third stop came in Thompson, Connecticut, where two events were held on back-to-back days. After once again being the fastest driver in a shortened practice session, but he faced his first major adversity when he was disqualified from the qualifying heats. He didn’t let it deter him, however, and he won his first heat and finished second in his second and semi-final heats. All this led up to another solid final, where Brooks took second place, just 1.8 seconds behind the winner.

The second day appeared to be off to a flying start, but Brooks crashed out and didn’t finish his first heat before finishing third in his second heat. In the semi-final, Brooks once again ran into trouble, and didn’t finish, giving him a rough starting position for the main event of the day. Despite the immense adversity, Brooks still salvaged an excellent finish in third place, his fourth straight podium to start the year.

The series then headed north of the border in to Ottawa, Canada. However, for Brooks, this trip could not end quickly enough. Like the Connecticut race, the Ottawa event was actually two races in one weekend. The first event saw Brooks get off to a great start in practice, but Brooks struggled in qualifying with the fifth-best time. He bounced back, winning his semi-final heat comfortably, but the final did not go his way, and he was forced to retire early from the race, taking a DNF.

The next day didn’t get much better. Brooks struggled in qualifying, both heats, and the semi-final, finishing below the standards of success he had built for himself early on in the season. The main event didn’t treat Brooks any better, as he was unable to start the race, and once again was forced to take the tenth and bottom spot for the final.

As a result, the Ottawa weekend has put a dent in Brooks’ championship standings. After running at the front of the pack with the leaders for most of the year thus far, the Ottawa events saw his lead slip away, and he has since fallen to fourth overall. However, the series has a long way to go and Brooks isn’t far off the leaders. In fact, he sits just 12 points behind the third-place driver and 23 points behind second—a gap that can easily be made up in just a single event. Even the circuit leader Cyril Raymond’s gap isn’t safe, as he sits 63 points ahead of second.

With six events still remaining, including the season finale event in Los Angeles, the sky’s the limit for Brooks this season, and he’s already proven he has what it takes to contend for the title. He’ll be looking to get back to that form soon.

MB2 Raceways is a proud sponsor of Christian Brooks as he races the Red Bull Global RallyCross circuit this season. Want to get behind the wheel of a high-speed racecar and experience the thrills for yourself? Head to your local MB2 Raceway and feel the excitement of driving a fully-electric European-style go kart for yourself as you race around our fully-indoor tracks.

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FIA EUROPEAN KARTING CHAMPIONSHIPS OPEN THIS WEEKEND IN ITALY!

The best kart racers in Europe are gearing up for the start of the 2017 FIA Commission Internationale de Karting European Championship series, with the first race of the season taking place this weekend! The first stop on this year’s tour takes place at the Circuit Napoli, located in Sarno, Italy. The action has already begun with drivers taking practice sessions on the 1.5 kilometer track for the entirety of today.

Drivers from a whopping 31 countries will be competing in three different classes: KZ, OK, and OK Junior. The Academy Trophy and KZ2 classes will not begin until future events, and the year’s schedule features five races for the OK and OK Junior classes, four for the KZ class, and three for the KZ2 drivers.

In total, 165 drivers enter the weekend, giving the series one of its best starts in history. Amongst the pack is last season’s KZ class champion Marco Ardigo, as well as other top contenders Bas Lammers of The Netherlands, Anthony Abbasse of France, and Patrik Hajek of the Czech Republic. The reigning OK class champion Pedro Hiltbrand of Spain has also returned to defend his crown. He will be challenged this season by top-contending Englishmen Clement Novalak and Tom Joyner as well as Karol Basz of Poland.

The OK Junior class is perhaps the most enigmatic and exciting class to watch this weekend, as the youth of the tour have a number of up-and-coming talents. To add to the excitement, the throne has also been vacated as the reigning champion Finlay Kenneally of England has graduated to the senior OK division.

Qualifying heats for the race will begin tomorrow morning and continue into Sunday, where teams will put their speed to the test in time-attack style races with the fastest drivers claiming positions in Sunday’s main events. On Sunday afternoon local time, those who qualify will take to the track one final time for a head-to-head shootout to determine the winner for this first stop on the tour.

This year’s races will be broadcasted live online thanks to WSK Promotion! If you want to tune in and watch any of the races in this year’s European Championship or even the World Championship series, you can find the stream online at cikfia.tv and cikfiachampionship.com. Italy is nine hours ahead of Pacific Time, so the stream will begin at 1:00am (3:00am for our friends in Des Moines and Minneapolis) on Sunday, April 23rd.

Want to race for your own championship? Grab your friends and head to your local MB2 Raceway for high-speed fully-electric go-kart action! Our European-style karts are similar to those driven in the European Championship, only powered by electricity to ensure a safe and exhilarating experience. We offer arrive-and-drive style races to the general public every day, as well as several great party packages for all your celebration needs. Whether you’re looking to host a birthday party, corporate event, company picnic, bachelor party, or business fair, MB2 Raceway will help you make your event one that will be remembered for a long time to come. We can even help customize your event with great food and facility packages, including party and VIP rooms as well as multiple race sessions for each of your guests.

For more information on our events or kart racing experiences, call MB2 Raceway today at 866-986-RACE.

THE FIVE TOUGHEST AUTO RACES TO FINISH

The seemingly endless laps of a race at Bristol Motor Speedway or the constant tight, winding corners of a single lap at the annual Monte Carlo stop on the Formula One calendar may seem like a tough task for drivers to endure. While they’re not easy by any stretch, they pale in comparison to some of the world’s most daunting auto races. These spectacular competitions combine grueling terrain with long distances and continuous varying challenges to create a competition that pushes both man and machine to their absolute limits. Think you’ve seen a tough race? Think again. Here are the five most difficult famous auto races to finish.

5. 4X4 RAINFOREST CHALLENGE – MALAYSIA

Held each November in the small Southeast Asian country of Malaysia, this race pits dozens of competitors against each other for the toughest off-road racing on the planet. How tough is it? It takes the competitors five days to finish the course that stretches only about 500 miles. In fact, some stretches are so difficult that it can take teams over an hour just to go a single kilometer. But that kilometer can be filled with everything from slippery slopes of mud to giant, craggy boulders, to massive forests involving careful weaving to avoid getting stuck. Bring a winch, you’re going to need it.

4. THE NURBURGRING 24

The Nurburgring is a famous (and infamous) auto circuit located just outside the German city of Nuremburg. This circuit is known for being the ultimate test of both car and driver, with the most popular Nordschliefe circuit measuring just under 13 miles in length. It’s over this circuit, which features an incredible 154 turns that one of the most testing endurance races is held every year. No race tests the limits of a car’s performance for hours at a time or a driver’s ability to remain completely focused more than lap after lap of this track for 24 hours straight.

3. ISLE OF MAN TOURIST TROPHY

The Isle of Man is a small autonomous island in the Irish Sea that’s roughly about 220 square miles in size. Every summer, some of the most daring and perhaps insane superbike riders head to the island to take a crack at the 37.7 mile Snaefell Mountain course. The annual competition that has been held for more than 100 years to this day still has the highest fatality rate of any motor race, making it easily the most dangerous motorcycle race on the planet.

2. ERZBERG RODEO

While not as fatal as the Isle of Man TT, the Erzberg Rodeo is even tougher to get from start to finish. The course? From the bottom to the top of a working quarry in the Austrian Alps. But the trick to this race isn’t the distance, it’s the sheer difficulty of making it out. The hill is extraordinarily steep and covered with loose dirt and gravel, making it a challenge for even seasoned riders to reach the finish. This enduro-style race is known for taking out competitors. The 2011 running of this race saw more than 1,000 riders qualify and only nine actually reach the final finish line.

1. THE BAJA 1000

Have you ever seen the movie Death Race? The Baja 1000 is kind of like that, minus the guns. This race that annually takes place across the desert terrain of Baja California in Mexico and features challenges you won’t find in any other event. Spectators have been known to booby trap the course for entertainment, competitors have been detained by local police, and the grueling course and difficult terrain makes for a race where it’s not uncommon for the two-wheeled motorcycles to actually beat the more-powerful and overall-faster four-wheeled entries in overall time. The teams who can claim to have finished the Baja 1000 have earned one of the most prestigious badges of honor in the world of off-road racing.

At MB2 Raceways, you and your friends can race to the finish and put your own skills to the test. Our San Fernando indoor karting facility and other great locations give you the ability to experience the high-speed thrills of go-kart racing with our fully-electric European style vehicles. We offer great parties and event packages as well as daily arrive-and-drive style races, meaning you can get behind the wheel today.

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HOW DOES A SPOILER WORK?

It seems like spoilers are all the rage in car design right now. Everywhere you go, you see cars ranging from old hatchbacks to the most modern and expensive of luxury cars driving with a spoiler on the trunk or roof.

Why is that? The easiest answer for most cars is that they give your ride an aggressive, sporty look that mirrors those of race cars. But why have they been so entrenched into car culture? To get the answer, let’s take a look at what a spoiler actually does and how they work.

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THE PHYSICS BEHIND A SPOILER

Have you ever rolled your car window down and stuck your hand outside while moving? Odds are you have, and you can probably vividly remember how much harder it becomes to keep your hand in the same spot. The wind rushing past your car causes resistance against your hand, which pushes it backward. Well, this is essentially the same principle a spoiler functions on.

Air may not seem like much, but it actually has mass and substance which slows down objects that move through it. Objects with less surface area move through air easier than those with more, a principal known as “aerodynamics,” which is one of the key sciences of racing. Aerodynamic science doesn’t just try to make it so a car moves through the air easier, but in fact it tries to make the air around a car function how the driver wants, which includes providing more resistance in certain circumstances, such as with spoilers.

Back to the hand example. If you hold your hand flat and stick it out the window with your palm facing forward, you will undoubtedly have your hand pushed towards the rear of your car. In this case, your hand is acting as a spoiler that’s applying resistance to that particular side of the car, just on a very small scale. A spoiler on your trunk simply takes the air flowing over this area and redirects it so that it pushes down onto the trunk and rear wheels of a car.

This downward pressure is called “downforce,” and it is what racing teams use to keep their car tires sticking to the road when driving at high speeds. A car traveling nearly 200 miles per hour is extremely dangerous on its own; and without this downforce one small bump can cause it to spin wildly out of control, causing a serious and potentially deadly accident for the driver.

However, with a spoiler on the rear, the air around the car itself is redirected to push downward on the rear axle, adding a ton of extra weight to the rear tires of a car, which helps it remain stable at these high speeds. This allows cars to corner faster and more accurately, and even safely achieve higher speeds along straightaways.

In short, spoilers create downforce. Downforce holds your tires on the road, which makes going faster easier and safer for drivers.

SPOILERS DON’T ALWAYS WORK

A spoiler is not always a good thing because the downforce effect has a resistance-benefit tradeoff. It rarely becomes desirable to use a spoiler unless you are traveling at high speed (think 100 miles per hour, or more). Before this point, the air flowing over your spoiler does not provide enough downforce to create a positive impact on the performance of your car or justify the extra air resistance. You’re much better-off simply relying on the weight of your vehicle to hold the tires to the ground, and minimizing your air resistance to go faster.

This is why you don’t see spoilers on go-karts here at MB2 Raceway. While a spoiler may look cool, they don’t actually add any significant downforce that would improve your kart’s handling performance, which is also boosted by the fact that you as the driver sit almost directly over the rear axle, providing it with a significant amount of downforce just with your own bodyweight. As a result, by not having a spoiler, we eliminate the air resistance it would provide, and allow you to go faster, while still maintaining a kart that still turns quickly and is stable on straightaways.

For your family sedan, the spoiler on your trunk is likely not doing anything to help with your downforce either. In fact, many spoilers are designed purely for their aesthetic properties and don’t actually redirect the force downward at all. This simply means they’re just a piece of plastic or metal that provides air resistance, which actually slows you down a touch. However, because you’re not normally driving at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, it really doesn’t make that much of a difference.

But if you want that edgy, race-car like look, you can’t go wrong by putting a spoiler on.

At MB2 Raceway, we offer lots of great racing options at our Minneapolis indoor karting facility. We have daily arrive-and-drive format races for those who wish to stop by and get some practice laps in or race casually with friends. We also offer a host of party or event packages designed for groups as small as ten and as large as over 200, all complete with practice laps, qualifying heats, and full-speed races in our fully-electric indoor go-karts.

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THREE ODD QUESTIONS ABOUT NASCAR RACING

The National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing, otherwise known as NASCAR, is by far the most popular racing series in the United States. But there are some parts about this sport which some people have never known but always would have liked to. On this blog, we look at just a few of these rubber-burning questions to give you the answers you have been searching for.

“Why do they always turn left?” 

One of the most common digs at NASCAR is that races just consist of a seemingly-endless cycle of left turns around an oval track. But why left? Why are there no races where the drivers take the oval turning right? Nobody really knows how the tradition started, but today the reason why NASCAR doesn’t simply adopt right-turning races is one of safety. Because drivers sit on the left side of the car when driving and cars tend to slide outward to the right when turning, this places far more armor and safety equipment between the driver and the retaining wall.

The exact opposite is true in what was Australia’s equivalent of NASCAR, otherwise known as AUSCAR. Australia drives with the wheel on the right hand side of the car, so to preserve safety, they drove in a clockwise direction, making right turns for the duration of the race. Unfortunately, AUSCAR shut down in the year 1999 and is no longer running down under.

“Why do NASCAR cars not have doors or mirrors?” 

Similar to the previous question, the answer once again has to do with safety. Doors are prone to flying open and crunching during accidents, so engineers opted to get rid of them. This means the car will hold its integrity better in a crash. Likewise, it also gave engineers the ability to install additional safety features, such as a solid roll cage along the sides of both cars, which further decreases the chance of a serious accident and allows more drivers to walk away from the high-speed crashes.

Cars don’t have mirrors simply because they race so close together all of the time. To be more accurate, cars don’t have side-view mirrors, but they do have a long rear-view mirror that allows them to see into their blind spots easier while racing. If cars came with side-view mirrors, they’d get knocked off easily nearly every race (especially in the tight conditions of restrictor-plate racing) and a loose mirror could spell disaster for another car that strikes it.

“How big is a pit crew?” 

It’s impossible for a NASCAR vehicle to go the entire duration of a 500 mile race without having to stop for fuel or new tires, so pit stops are an integral part of the race. In a pit stop, a driver’s team members, known as his pit crew, will jump over the wall, change the tires, fill the car with fuel, make adjustments to the suspension or steering, clean the windshield, and even give the driver a drink of water if necessary. And they’ll do all of this in about 12 to 14 seconds.

While a race team is composed of dozens of members, the actual pit crew is composed generally of about nine members, with up to seven being allowed over the wall to work on the car at any given time. Each crew consists of a tire carrier and changer for both the front and rear of the car, as gas man, a jack man, and on occasion, an “extra man” who does things like cleaning the windshield or making a car adjustment. Teams also have support crew members who do things such as retrieve wrenches and air hoses and hand things to the crew members working on the car, but they must remain behind the pit wall for the duration of the stop.

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WHY ARE FINNS SUCH GOOD RACECAR DRIVERS?

“If you want to win, hire a Finn.” It’s a long-time moniker in motorsports that has a remarkable amount of truth in it: despite being a small nation with a large amount of territory north of the Arctic Circle, Finland produces many exceptional racecar drivers. Despite having a population of just under 5.5 million, they currently have two drivers on this year’s Formula One circuit (Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen). Only Germany has more drivers (3), but has a population of more than 81 million people, making Finland by far the highest ratio of F1 drivers-to-population of any country on earth.

What makes the Finns so good at auto racing? After all, Finland doesn’t have a globally-renowned automotive or motorsports manufacturer like Germany does, so why the immense interest and talent for driving? Many people have their theories but one of the most popular has to do with the requirements for obtaining a Finnish driver’s license.

Finland’s roads are frequently covered with snow and ice, and certain portions of the country see little to no sunlight during the winter months each year. As a result, drivers must be prepared for a number of challenges they might not face here in the United States. To compensate, the Finnish driver’s license test is supposedly one of the most difficult in the world to pass.

In total, the entire licensing process in Finland takes two years, starting when you reach the minimum age of 18. After a rigorous and thorough training course, which might include using a night driving simulator in a classroom, which emulates conditions that a driver could encounter, including icy roads, limited visibility, and a moose crossing the road, all at the same time.

Once you do get behind the wheel of a car, you must do so with an instructor or with a relative, but it must be done in a vehicle that has a passenger-side brake pedal. You must spend at least 18 hours behind the wheel of this vehicle, including a spell on a slippery surface, such as a frozen road, icy lake bed, or other surface. You are also required to complete a total of 19 driving theory lessons which cover everything from decision making to road laws to car maintenance. Once this is all completed, the driving candidate must pass a theory test and a 30-minute city driving test.

If you pass this test, congratulations! You’re halfway done! It’s true. This is just the test that gets you a two-year provisional driver’s license, during which point you are required to complete a range of advanced driving classes, which includes more night driving and possibly more simulator work. Once all of this has been completed and the two-year provisional license program is finished, a Finnish citizen may obtain a full driving license.

And the reasons for all of these requirements are clear: Finland also has some of the strictest driving and road laws in the world as well. Speed checkpoints and cameras are a regular occurrence in Finland, and officers can stop motorists for a number of reasons, even just to inspect your tires or make sure your signal lights are working properly. Random safety checks occur frequently, which often include a breathalyzer test to detect anyone driving while under the influence of alcohol.

However, the good news for Finnish people is that their driver’s license, once they obtain it, lasts until they are 70 years old. You won’t have to worry about renewing it or re-taking the exam every few years like you would here in America. It may seem crazy to not have to check in and have your license renewed for such a long time, but when you consider how incredibly thorough the licensing process is in the first place, you realize how skilled of a driver you must be in order to be licensed in the first place.

Perhaps, indeed, this is why so many skilled racecar drivers are Finnish: driving a night in the Arctic Circle makes for good training for the track ahead.

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SNOW RALLY – WINTER’S FAVORITE RACING

A white, snowy winter may not appear to be ideal conditions for an auto race, but snow rally drivers would beg to disagree. Snow rally is mostly popular in Northern European countries where snow and ice are a regular fixture during winter months, including Finland, Norway, and Sweden. However, the sport has recently begun to surge in the northern United States, thanks to some international success from American teams.

Snow rally is unique from other types of rally racing because snow and ice covered tracks can change so dramatically throughout the course of a race. As tracks are used, the cars compact the snow into solid chunks of ice, which offers very little in the way of traction. However, as fresh powder, snow tends to act more like sand. The result is a type of high-speed racing that’s even more on-the-edge and chaotic, traveling over powder, ice, dirt, asphalt, and other surfaces, and switching between them faster than you can adapt to the next one.

The Swedish Rally, one of the major stops on the World Rally Championship tour, is traditionally the only race in the series held on snow, and is widely known for being one of the most difficult races of the year for drivers who are not from a Nordic country. The first was run in 1950, and it took until 1981 for a driver from a different country to finally claim the crown, and until 2004 for a driver not from Sweden or Finland to do it. No American has ever even seen the podium in this event.

SNOW RALLYCROSS

Rallycross has been growing extremely popular in the United States over the last several years, due in large part to the success of the Red Bull Global Rallycross series (which our own Christian Brooks competes in). Rallycross differs from regular rally in that regular rally is a point-to-point time attack race, whereas rallycross puts drivers head-to-head on a lap track.

Snow rallycross brings a whole additional level of insanity to the sport by combining the high-speed and low-grip aspects of snow rally with cramped conditions of multiple drivers racing bumper-to-bumper. The result is a high-speed, high-contact, and action-packed style of extraordinarily entertaining racing.

You don’t have to worry about snow and ice slowing you down at MB2 Raceway. Our Minneapolis indoor go-karting facility is open year-round, providing high-speed racing action with our fully-electric European-style go karts. We offer a wide variety of packages for parties or corporate events, plus arrive-and-drive style races on a daily basis.

Have the need for speed this winter? Get to MB2 Raceway! Call us today at 866.986.RACE!

THE FIVE TOUGHEST TRACKS IN THE WORLD

Race fans love watching drivers go head-to-head and wheel-to-wheel around some of the most difficult and competitive race tracks in the world. Whether it’s the high-speed and high-banked corners of Talladega Motor Speedway in Alabama, or the seemingly-endless desert miles of the Baja 1000, tracks all have a number of challenges that force the most skilled drivers to use everything they have to stay ahead of the competition. However, these races pale in comparison to the events held on our list of the five toughest tracks in the world. Let’s take a look at them now.

#5 – MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA

We may be a little biased, but there’s no doubting this one merits being on the list. Located about a three-hour drive from our Clovis location, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has earned a reputation as one of the most beloved and extremely difficult tracks in the entire United States. The 2.2 mile course combines several high-speed straightaways with sudden tight corners that test just how long drivers are willing to stay on the throttle before slamming and testing the durability of their brakes. The track is most known for its feared “corkscrew” corner—a sudden, hairpin left-hander at the end of the long “rebel straight” followed by an immediate sharp-right, all while going down a relatively steep hill. The corkscrew is known for being one of the trickiest turns in all of North America.

#4 – SPA

A track that is packed with history and prestige, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most revered and feared stops on the annual Formula One schedule. Located in Stavelot, Belgium, this 4.3 mile monster is over 100 years old and has extreme elements of all types to test both the skill and bravery of any driver with the guts to challenge it. The modern layout has been in use since 2007, and features several long, high-speed straightaways that lead into tight corners. Turns 19 and 20 are a pair of hairpin corners first a right, then a quick left, located at the end of a long, high-speed stretch. These compose what is known as the “Bus Stop Chicane.”

#3 – MONZA

Located just north of the city of Milan in Italy, Autodromo Nazionale Monza is one of many famous Italian raceways known for bamboozling some of the best drivers in history. Known as “Ferrari’s Playground,” this 3.6 mile course is known for one thing: speed. The start/finish straightaway is more than a kilometer in length and comes at the end of a sweeping turn 11. It’s not uncommon for drivers to reach speeds of more than 210 miles per hour on this circuit, making it a contest of not just speed and reaction time, but bravery, as drivers battle to complete each flying lap just a little bit faster than the rest.

#2 – BRISTOL

NASCAR fans know it as “Thunder Valley” or “The Last Great Colosseum,” but the rest of the world knows this challenging circuit as Bristol Motor Speedway. Unlike the rest of the tracks on this list, Bristol is not a complex circuit with numerous twists and turns. In fact, it is a perfect oval shape, about the simplest style of circuit track you can get. However, the half-mile length and corners that are banked between 24 and 30 degrees encourage speeds that would otherwise be impossible on a track of this length. This track encapsulates the idea of a fan’s dream is a driver’s nightmare: the track is small, tight, high-speed, and entirely visible from nearly all of the 165,000 seats that surround it. However, the confined racing area means loads of contact, crashes, and rapidly-changing strategy, making this a gruelling battle for the checkered flag and one of the hardest races of the year for teams to run.

#1 – MONTE CARLO

There is perhaps no more famous name in motor racing circuits than Mote Carlo. Formula One’s annual race on this track constructed from the streets running through the tiny nation of Monaco is known for being the most famous and prestigious auto race in the world. The track, officially known as the Circuit de Monaco, measures just over two miles in length, but the majority of the track is extremely narrow, the vast majority of the turns are exceedingly tight, and the significant elevation changes make this track exceptionally difficult to navigate quickly and passing a test of skill and patience. This also keeps speeds down, which makes it difficult for drivers to pull away, making for a thrilling race for fans to watch.

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WHY ELECTRIC RACING IS BETTER THAN GAS

We are occasionally asked why we choose to race with fully-electric go-karts as opposed to the more commonly-known and widely-used gas engine powered go-karts. There are several reasons for this, mostly pertaining to the advantages that electric go-karts have over their gas-powered counterparts. Each type of kart has advantages and disadvantages, which we’ll explore now.

EMISSIONS

We race indoors here at MB2, which means that all of the exhaust and fumes put out by a gas-powered kart would be trapped inside the building without a complex and high-power ventilation system. When you come to MB2, you won’t be greeted with the smell of burning gasoline, grease, and car exhaust (which some people appreciate far more than others). Likewise, the noise created by a gas-powered kart is fairly loud, and placing that in an enclosed space would make the noise deafening. Then multiply it by 12 karts or more and you would need hearing protection just to be inside the building! In this regard, electric karts are far superior to gas powered ones.

POWER

One of the biggest advantages that an electric motor has over a gas engine is that electric motors can maintain their maximum torque right up until they reach their maximum speed. This means an electric car can deliver extremely fast acceleration with immense power in the blink of an eye, without the need for a transmission. This also makes them far easier to limit in terms of speed, which ensures race safety. A gas powered kart would need a transmission to maintain its maximum power, as there are certain spots along the rev band in which the engine produces more power than others. This also makes a gas powered kart more difficult to drive. So once again, the electric kart is superior to the gas kart.

FILLING UP

Topping off an electric kart’s batteries is a simple matter of plugging it in and letting the charging units do their work. However, topping off a battery is not quite like topping off a fuel tank. Whereas completely refueling a gas powered kart can take just a few brief minutes, filling up a drained electric kart can take hours. We leave our karts plugged in every night to ensure they are topped off each morning, and they can last most of the day on a single charge (and be plugged in between races to extend their life further), but gas engines are still far better in this regard.

Ready to experience the difference in driving a fully-electric European-style go kart for yourself? Head over to your local MB2 Raceway to hit the track today! We offer daily arrive-and-drive style races for drivers of all ages and skill levels, as well as a number of great event packages for birthdays, bachelor parties, corporate events, and more. Whether you’re looking to get a few practice laps in or prove to your friends or colleagues that you’re the master of the track, our San Fernando indoor karting center can help you experience the high-speed thrills of wheel-to-wheel racing.

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WHAT IS “DRAFTING?”

If you’ve ever watched an auto race from NASCAR, Formula 1, or any other head-to-head lap race, you’ve likely noticed cars chasing each other while driving right on the tail of their opponent. This practice is known as “drafting,” and may seem strange to someone not familiar with the practice. Why would you not drive in a spot where you can pull ahead and pass your opponent, or stay in a spot where you won’t rear-end them if they suddenly change speeds? To answer this question, let’s take a closer look at how drafting works in order to discover the benefits.

THE PHYSICS OF DRAFTING

Every car has forces acting on it while driving, but perhaps none is more powerful than that of friction. If friction didn’t exist, cars could easily reach their maximum speed, but would also not be able to drive because their tires would not stick to the road. So drivers both rely on friction and work to fight against it simultaneously in different ways during a race.

One type of friction they fight against is called “air resistance.” When a car (or kart) is driving, it is using the power of its motor to propel itself and the driver forward, but it faces resistance from the air in front of it, which it must push out of the way in order to travel through. It’s this same concept that makes you feel a gust of wind when a car travels past you at high-speed, or causes your hand to fly backward when you stick it out of the window while driving.

A kart’s ability to push through air is known as its “aerodynamics.” However, no matter how aerodynamic you make yourself or your kart, you will always face some sort of wind resistance when driving. That is, unless you have something push the air out of the way in front of you, such as another driver. When an opponent is in front of you, they are pushing the majority of the air out of the way for you, allowing your kart to use its power to propel you forward without the loss of speed created by having to push through the air.

THE STRATEGY

So now that we know how drafting works, how can you put it to use? For starters, the reduced air resistance on a kart that is drafting an opponent actually helps them to drive slightly faster. So drafting an opponent well can give you a small but immensely important speed boost. Skilled drivers can use this boost to gain an advantage over their opponents by traveling faster down a straightaway, pulling into a more advantageous position for the next corner, then completing their pass as they exit the curve. It takes some skill to pull off this maneuver successfully, as well as good instincts to know when to execute a pass in this way, but experienced drivers on all levels use it frequently to win races.

For cars that rely on fuel mileage during longer races (such as NASCAR and Formula 1), drafting also can help preserve power, meaning a driver who lives in a drafting position will use less gasoline to go the same speed as their opponent. It’s not uncommon to see drivers use drafting as a fuel-saving technique to help them ensure they have enough left in the tank to go all-out for the win at the end of a race.

Want to practice drafting to improve your lap times and win more races? Head to your local MB2 Raceway for an indoor go-kart racing experience for driver of all ages! Come take a spin in one of our fully-electric European-style karts that provide the high-speed thrills of wheel-to-wheel racing in a safe and sustainable environment that’s open to the public all year-round. We offer a wide variety of driving packages, including arrive-and-drive races on a daily basis in which anyone can drop in and head out on the track to challenge their fastest laps. We also offer great party packages for birthdays, bachelor parties, and corporate events, all featuring pulsating racing action as the highlight of your day!

Contact MB2 Raceway today at 866-986-RACE for more information!