I’ve already done some searching on the topic, and I’ve come to understand Accelerate is not supposed to be a direct translation of Source Karts. I also understand racing is the primary focus, especially in Alpha. But the idea of Battle mode from Source Karts returning in Accelerate really excites me. It was fun! I’d like to suggest its return, if it’s not already planned (from what I can tell it is not).
IIRC in Source Karts after the two tracks a round of Battle mode took place, and I’d see it returning in the same fashion, with a themed battle arena for each map. Mutators (which I’d definitely see being implemented before this) could be added for extra lives, or just disabling it altogether for people who want to just race and be done.