In MK8D There's no (obvious) indication of whether your driver and kart selections (kart body, wheels, glider type) have any impact on how you drive.
I'm pretty sure I recall that in earlier games some of these choices translated into in-game physics differences. I think some drivers had higher top speeds, but worse handling, in the N64 game? And I thought I recalled that sure motorcycles behaved differently than karts in the first game they appeared in? But I don't see any driver or kart part stats to suggest that's true in the new game.
So my questions are:
- Do any of these choices (driver, kart parts) affect how you actually race?
- Assuming some do, which ones?
- Is there any way in-game to see the differences and compare them?