What is a Kart
"Karting is life for me, I guess thats the simplest way to put it. I don't just enjoy the intensely close racing, I enjoy how it brings me and all my mates together. None of my mates are from where I live, they are all from the track and I wouldn't change that at all. If I had my way, karting would be on the school curriculum" - Ben Davis - TKM
Seniors is for 16+ (however this usually includes the year of your 16th birthday)
These karts usually have more powerful versions of the junior engines, mounted to the same chassis type.
The tyres tend to be softer and the weight limits are higher.
Some classes and series have brakes on the front as well as the back.
Seniors is for 16+ (17+ for long car circuits)
These have between 2 and 6 gears.
They have brakes on the front as well as the back
These are the fastest accelerating karts, and are not for the inexpeirenced! Savage to drive and hard to master!
They can be run on short (kart) circuits and Long (car) circuits.
They range from the 2 speed DD2 rotax to the 250cc Superkarts with full aero packages reaching 150mph+
Bambino karts are designed for children from 4-8 years old
While under MSA they do not race, there are IKR clubs that allow them on track. These are the smallest karts available
Cadet karts are designed for children from 8-12 years of age.
These come in Easykart, Honda, and Iame forms.
Each offers its own unique plus points and negative points so research what is best for you.
Easykart, Honda and Iame all require a different chassis for racing, so be sure to pick the correct type for your engine.
Wheels and tyres in all cadet classes are usually the same.
For children ages 12-17 these are usually the same size chassis as a full adult kart. The engines are however restricted versions of the adult versions.
Tyres are usually slightly harder for racing, however this is not always the case.
The weight limits are also lower than with adult kart classes for racing.
Rear Axle Assemble
A guide to removing and fitting a rear axle in a kart
(Engine is removed so Losen the engine and remove chain and rims)
Installing a Rear Bumper
How to fit a rear bumper to a kart
(Applies to plastic rear bumpers only)
Tips on fitting a seat
(Important to get the correct size seat
Toe and Sweep
Front end allignment
(Does not include camber)
How to bleed the brakes on your kart
(If in doubt contact a expert)
How a Chassis is made
Tonykart Factory Tour
Inside look at the whol
Some tips and hints on maintaining your kart
Plus some interesting insights into engine, chassis and Carbs
Karts come in a few different forms, however the basic idea behind a kart is simple.
It must have 4 wheels, be light, and powered by a 2 stroke or 4 stroke petrol engine.
They are constructed of a metal frame with no suspension.
The brake usually opperates the rear wheels only (however some series/classes do have front brakes as well)
A kart has no differtial so requires the inside rear wheel to lift off the floor in order to corner.
While looking simple, they can require indepth knowlege to get the very best handling.
The two main differencent disaplines in karting is Fixed gear, and Gearbox karting.
Gearbox karts can be raced on both short karting circuits and Long car circuits.
Gearbox Engine (KZ)
Insight into the making of an Engine
A look Inside
(Tips on rebuilding a Diapham carb)
F100 - Spirit of the 90's & Retro Racer Karts
Historic Karts can offer something for everyone, which is probably why its so popular