While watching world records, I have noticed that many runs for Mario Kart 8 are simply faster than me, even if I am using the exact same kart. This is obvious right off the start as I start much slower even though I am using the rocket start. Are there secrets that allow these players to have a much higher acceleration and speed at the beginning and throughout the track?
Fire Hopping is a technique that can be used to make your speed gain from a boost last longer. As discovered by a Reddit User, KaiserYoshi, it seems that any form of ground contact will begin to decrease the speed increase you gain from a boost, taking you back to your base speed. Therefore if you hop by pressing
ZR you will go airborne, which the game doesn't count as touching the ground, and thus won't reduce your speed gain.