Looking into taking your go-kart hobby to the next level? If you want to get involved in the world of professional go-kart racing, there are a few things you'll need to take care of first. You need to make sure that your kart is up to code, for one. There are some more laid-back, casual races for go-kart enthusiasts, but at the highest level, where you're earning sponsorships and competing for real cash prizes, it's essentially similar to stock-car racing in terms of the need to meet certain requirements. For this kind of competition, there's racing equipment that you'll want to look into if you want to give yourself a bit of an edge.
Tires can really make or break a race. If you've never attended a serious go-kart race, it may sound a little silly to read about "hairpin turns" and "dead heats" in a discussion on kart racing, but when it's your payday on the line, you may be surprised how serious you get about the whole endeavor. Quality tires really are one of the most important pieces of a serious racer's kart. Sure, you're probably going to reach a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour, but even at that speed you still want good traction and tight turning capabilities. Make sure you're going into every race with a fresh set of tires.
A kart-racing helmet that gives you an edge will be one that allows a full range of sight, hearing and head movement. Helmets that make the driver look like Darth Vader are cool-looking and do provide great protection, but if they restrict visibility, then they're actually less safe than they should be. With your sight, hearing and head movement unrestricted, you can drive safely and be more aware of what's going on in the race around you, which might be all the edge you need to take the win.