Most off-road and racing go-karts use a transmission, unless they have a direct drive configuration. A transmission provides controlled mechanical power from the engine to the rear axle of the go-kart. You’ll most likely come across go-karts that use a torque converter or a clutch, as a transmission.
When it comes to transmissions, there is a long-standing battle between torque converters and clutches. There is no doubt that both of these transmissions have their own benefits. In our showdown of a go-kart torque converter vs clutch, we’ll be addressing the question of which one is the better transmission. If you’re looking for the short answer, it depends on your driving habits and the purpose of your go-kart.
Torque converters are great for lower end torque, as they have the ability to adjust the gear ratio depending on the engine’s RPM. This makes it ideal for heavier or off-road go-karts. On the other hand, a regular clutch maintains the same gear ratio all the time. This makes it more suitable for lightweight or racing go-karts that are tuned for maximum speed.