Quarter Midget racing is a form of automobile racing. The adult-size midget being raced during the start of quarter midget racing used an oval track of one-fifth of a mile in length. An adult-size midget in the s and s could reach miles per hour, while the single-cylinder 7-cubic-inch quarter midget engine could make available a speed of 30 miles per hour in a rookie class called novices , or one-quarter the speed of the adult car. Most of the competitive classes run speeds near 45 miles per hour. Current upper-class quarter midgets can exceed 45 miles per hour, but remain safe due to the limited size of the track.
Midget Race Cars
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Midget cars , also speedcars in Australia , is a class of racing cars. The cars are very small with a very high power-to-weight ratio and typically use four cylinder engines. They originated in the United States in the s and are raced on most continents. There is a worldwide tour and national midget tours in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Some early major midget car manufacturers include Kurtis Kraft s to s and Solar — Midgets are intended to be driven for races of relatively short distances, usually 2.
Midget car racing
They were the original home-built race cars and their garage builders made use of every available automotive and sometimes non-automotive part they could use. Some cars were even powered by outboard boat motors. Modern amateur cars have advanced in terms of technology, but the racing has the same premise: Drive as quickly around a dirt or paved oval race track. They are characterized by their scratch-built single seat chassis , 4 cylinder front-engine, rear-drive layout, and encompassing roll cage. Due to the scratch-built nature of midget cars, you should be knowledgeable in handling, chassis , suspension, powertrain, aerodynamic and safety design.
What Are Quarter Midgets? The cars are built around a tubular frame and are fully suspended with springs or torsion bars and shocks. Some modifications in upper classes of racing allow these engines to reach several times the stock horse power.