The kart is the most pure racing vehicle ever created. It has the essential components found in all racing machinery. A tuned chassis, strong brakes and a motor designed to be revved to within an inch of its life.
Nothing will train your body to have a more immersive experience with a race track than a kart. Nothing at all. You’re sitting as one with the machine, as the entire chassis is flexing around you. You feel every camber change and every change in grip surface interacting with your body immediately.
You want pure racing? You want karting.
No matter what type of motorsport, the input of the driver is crucial to develop a successful racing car. As they are the one who are competing in the machine, it is important that the car matches their driving style as much as it does put down competitive laptimes.
Check out this video by James Allen, who talks about how important a driver is in the development of his team’s Formula 1 car. It’s a bit older video, but the impact is still there. With the 2011 Formula 1 race season starting this weekend, think about how each driver’s special feedback will affect the development of their car throughout the season.