any costs given are only a rough approximation
Used equipment -
see adverts in Karting magazines, through your local
club, or on-line at UK Karting's Market
Place. Purchase of 2nd hand equipment - between
£1200 - £2,000. This cost would cover everything to get
you started and on the track - that is:
- 2nd hand Kart chassis and engine
- Boots, helmet (try to buy the best you can
- Race suit, gloves etc.
It is possible to get a 2nd-hand kart and engine for
£700-£800, but this would not be as competitive, except maybe for the
Alternately you can hire a kart if you do not want to
go to the expense of purchasing until you know if Karting
is for you.
A rough guide to prices - One day hire (that is 6 x 10
minute sessions) for a practice day would be in the
region of £200 to £250 including Racewear, use of
mechanic and expert advice.
To hire a Kart for a race day - from approx £250
including Racewear, use of mechanic and advice on track
To go club racing with your own equipment is a very
economic form of motor sport, yet offers higher grip and
faster acceleration than most affordable car racing.
Entry fees are usually about £50 - £60 and you will
get a short practice, two or three heats and a final. In
the more economic classes your tyres will last several
meetings, although at championship level most drivers
will use a new set per meeting. In addition you need to
buy fuel and racing 2-stroke oil for your kart, and have
the engine rebuilt every so often. At a club meeting you
can expect to put about 30 to 40 minutes of use on the
engine, and you might rebuild it every 3 to 8 hours
depending on the class. A sealed Rotax Max
engine only needs rebuilding about once per season, and
4-stroke engines only need periodic changes of valve
springs and oil changes. Rebuild costs will be between £300 to £500 or
Other costs include the occasional new chain and spark
plug, different sprockets for different tracks, cleaning
fluids and chain lubrication spray and some basic tools
including a tyre pressure gauge and pump. So what are you
waiting for, come race with us!
The 5 main (non-gearbox) classes plus the 60cc
Cadet Class (for 8-13 years old)
See Kart Table for full listing
All prices are only approximations for a new ready
to race Kart, excl VAT.
Ideal start for 8-13 years old. The IAME category uses a sealed 60cc
Parilla Gazelle UK engine which has been chosen by the MSA to take over
the prime category from the Comer engine from 2013 and is thus used in
the Cadet British Championship raced in the Super One Series. It has a direct drive with a centrifugal clutch. Approx top speed
50mph. Fitted with side pods and nose cone for safety.
Cost approx £2300 - £3000. The Honda Cadet, with an un-sealed 4-stroke engine is cheaper at around £1800
- £2100, and a
good economic starting point. It also has an ABkC National Championship
within the Super One series. A new race prepared Honda engine can be obtained
for £450 plus vat. The two classes may be
The upper age of 13 is so that smaller children may stay in the class,
but usually drivers will move up to the junior classes by the age of 12
as they get too heavy to be competitive. The Comer Cadet using the
W.60 engine will still be raced at many clubs and has a national MSA
championship in the Super One but no seeded numbers are issued.
Note that Juniors must be a minimum weight with their suit, boots and
helmet, check the regulations for each class for the figure. Some
classes like TKM and Blue have different weights depending which
restrictor is being used.
11-17 years old. Single engine option - TKM BT82. Chassis no longer need
to be homologated, but there are limitations on the karts. A restrictor plate
between carburettor and engine limits available power and there are
various options for different sized drivers. Clutch is optional for easy
electric starting & recovery after a spin. Cost £2,800 approx. A
TAG (electric start, Touch and Go) variant is available.
Formula KFJ (KF Junior)
13-17 years old (or from year of 13th birthday with prior experience). Engines are international
125cc TAG two stroke electric start types, restricted to 14,000rpm. Top speed approx 75mph. The premier junior
category and MSA British Junior Championship class. Cost
16 years and over. Single engine (TKM BT82) and same
chassis choice as for Junior TKM and with one choice of restrictor
between carburettor and engine or none for heavier drivers. Similarity of
regulations makes the
progression from Junior TKM to Senior TKM except that the senior
category is now 115cc, both
inexpensive and logical. TAG option available. Cost £3000 approx.
Use a modern water cooled 125cc engine with electric self start with
categories for 11-15 year old - MiniMax, 13- 17 year old - Junior Max
(these both have restricted power output), seniors and Max 177 for the
heavier driver who must weigh a minimum of 80kg. There is also a 2-speed
geared kart class called DD2. Cost £4500 approx.
A range of classes for karts with gears and clutches from 125cc to
250cc. Speeds on tracks, for example Silverstone, up to 145mph. Gearbox
karts can be bought second hand from as low as £1000. New 125's (KZ UK,
or KZ1) cost
from £6000, up to a fully equipped 250
National or International at £8,000 plus depending
The above prices do not include any Racewear.
To participate in a race (as opposed to a practice day)
the following must also be obtained:
- Unless you fall into one of the exemptions, you
need to buy a 'Starting Karting' pack from an
ARKS school or from the MSA, Motor Sports House,
Riverside Park, Colnbrook, Slough SL3 0HG (Tel:01753 765000).
The pack costs £75 including postage which includes the costs of the
first licence (and the PG Entrant licence if needed). A serial numbered licence application form is
enclosed along with a PG Entrants licence form which must be
completed by the Parent or Guardian for anyone under 18 years of
age. (It costs £18 per annum). After having a medical form completed (see
below) you need to book an ARKS driving test with one of the
approved ARKS schools or a participating club. This costs £95 (incl
VAT) plus the hire of any equipment. A Kart licence costs from
- If you are over 18, a medical certificate of
fitness provided by your doctor. This is part of
the medical examination which is on the licence
application form. Otherwise you need to
self-certify your health. A medical can cost
anything from £50 to over £100 depending on your doctor.
- A Kart Club membership. There are many clubs in
the country. By joining one of them you are then
allowed to race at any circuit. Some clubs have
test days and offer special rates to members for
these and race days. Joining an ABkC affiliated club will
allow you to race in the ABkC national
championships eg Super One, and Super 4 gearbox classes in NKF (Northern Karting Federation).
- Apart from your kart you must have protective
clothing which includes - a crash helmet approved
for racing, an approved racing suit, gloves and
boots giving ankle protection.
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