Looking to get into Karting next spring. Been racing Autocross and doing fairly well. Looking to increase my skill level by increasing how fast the cones come at me by racing a kart! Also looking to do open track nights, test & tune nights, and hopefully some regular races IF the Utah Karting Championship is allowed back at Utah Motorsports Campus in 2020.
Below is a kart I’m interested in from a fellow AutoX driver. I know next to nothing about karting so I thought I’d turn to the experts. Is this a good kart / good purchase? I’ve included the URL and a screenshot below for reference.
I plan to delve into the world of karting and study up this winter to prep for next spring. Thank you all in advance, looking forward to being a part of the tribe!!
When was last rebuild? Says top end is fresh, how many hours on engine bottom? That doesn’t seem like a lot of money for a sorted kart. It’s a bit older but not important assuming frame isn’t bent or deeply worn down. (Check rails from below). I will not opine further on value because I am not knowledgeable about shifter karts.
Also, this for autocross? So parking lot track yes? There was a fellow on here doing the same thing, also with a shifter. Sounds like he was enjoying it a lot but challenge was getting tires to temp.
I haven’t dealt with shifters so I can’t give you great details but I think that’s a good price. A friend of mine got one for $3500 in good condition. It all depends on the engine and chassis condition.
Good answers above, but I think you would be off starting in single speed kart, you can focus on improving you driving skills, shifter karts are fun but for new people there is to much going on.
Just my opinion after 30 years of karting.
Well since it comes from a fellow autocross guy, it’s sorted for that format? Also, he indicated “maintained by Msquared”. You could ask them how much life is left in the kart and what they charge to maintain the kart, help you with problems etc. This would solve part of your new guy issues: wrench. (Assuming msquared is the local option)
Please do NOT buy a shifter kart for your first, better to get a tag 125 or even better than that a 100cc VLR or KA. This is will be a much more enjoyable first time experience for you. I would look for a chassis only in good shape 4 cycle would be best for 100cc but a tag kart would work, buy a new engine so you know the real history. You can be all in with this package for around 2500-2800 with a new engine maybe a little less. BTW UMC will have a kart program next year, details coming in the next 3 weeks stay tuned. Need help finding a chassis let me know 504-377-8821.
AutoX is physically easy - it’s 30-90 seconds. A full sprint race with a shifter is serious work.
As a former endurance and oval karter in my teens, and some HPDE and drifting in my 20s, I decided to take karting back up at 30 years old. I thought I was in pretty ok shape (5’10", 155lbs and some mild regular exercise). After the first session in the kart i got out and was sure I was going to puke from exhaustion. From that point on, i did a lot more core and back strength training and focused a bunch on cardio - that is all after I recovered from separating a rib during exercise after my first kart weekend.
tl;dr - Shifter karts are incredibly demanding and cardio training is a must.