The sport of Karting falls very definitely into the remit of the Automotive columnist. The first G0-Kart was built in the late 1950s by an American who wanted an efficient means of touring his factory floor. Within a couple of years this new fad had become an international sport with the first World Championship event being held at Nassau in the Bahamas. Sir Stirling Moss was a competitor at that event and the future of Karting was assured.
One of the world’s most respected drivers, Ayrton Senna, described Karting as motor racing in its purest form. One of his few regrets was that he did not win the World Championships, but frustratingly finished second on two occasions.
Karting is a sport that is readily accessible to all. There are many leisure circuits, the majority of which are indoor, where you can just turn up and have a go. These indoor machines are usually equipped with a small industrial engine producing about five horsepower. On outdoor circuits where leisure and racing vie for track time, the engines can be much more powerful, up to thirty horsepower, for the most popular classes racing at present.
Whether trying the sport for the first time or becoming more involved in racing, Karting is an affordable sport that produces an unrivalled adrenaline rush.
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