How much would it cost to begin karting competitively?
I am 15 years old and I have had a interest in racing for a while. I have been karting quite a bit now and I am pretty quick. My parents however think it would be way to expensive sinse I am not rich.
Question answered by Nasty Troll of Infinite Wisdom
Depends on where your from, here in the US you can get into the 4 cycle Clone class for pretty cheap, its the whole idea around the class, simply because the Karting industry got so out of hand and priced itself out of the average persons range that something needed to be done to generate new interest in the sport, you can buy a brand new Road Rat for around $1600, all set up and ready to race, or go out and spend sky's the limit on the fanciest Italian chassis money can buy, but you better keep the price of your engine under $200 bucks because it can be claimed after a race for $200 bucks, meaning another driver can take your engine, this dissuades people from cheating and spending thousands blue printing there engines for an advantage, and if its found to be out of spec after a post race inspection it will be destroyed and you could be banned from the track or sanctioning body. then there's the price of your Helmet, neck brace, and other safety gear, tools and a few spare parts, a way to get it to the track and entry fees, as far as tires, I can go a season on mine, but I like a loose kart and prefer a used tire, I'll run them down to the cords, then go over to the big race teams trailor and take a few of there used tires that there throwing away, lets just say I've never payed for a tire. I've actually seen a few of these and there not bad at all, in fact there pretty nice.
I want to start go karting where should i start?
I am wanting to be a race car driver when im older i was thinking of starting of go karting to learn the ropes, i was just wondering 1. where should i start off ? 2. Where could i buy a beginner level go kart? 3. how much does an average beginner level go kart cost ? 4. what should i learn first ect. (BTW I'M 13) Thanks in advance :) !
Question answered by Danimal
What the others have said is unfortunately true. Nowdays if you want a well paid professional driving career you have to start a lot younger than 13 :o(
However, in your question you never said you wanted to be a "well paid professional" driver. You just said you want to be a race car driver. That is a lot easier, and it combines some of the others answers contain. Here is what I would recommend:
1) Do well in school, and choose a career path that gives you a good mix of income and free time.
2) Drive/ride anything you can get your hands on. BMX bikes, mountain bikes, ATV's, go karts....anything. Make sure you're driving/practicing/racing at acceptable locations (ie: not on public roads).
3) Look for a kart track in your area, and see when they have practices and races. See if you can convince one or both of your parents to spectate with you. Talk to the racers and other kids in the pits.
4) Work jobs around the house for your parents, or around the neighborhood to help raise money for a kart.
5) Convince one or both of your parents that they should also get a kart (there are usually several classes for adults that are very fun). Make karting something that is a family activity, not just for you alone.
6) When you have your drivers license, participate in autocross events in your area. It will teach you a ton about car control and driving dynamics. If possible, get experience with both FWD and RWD platforms. Your car doesn't need to be powerful....an old Honda CRX or an early 90's Miata would be great cars and can be purchased for less than most karts.
7) When money allows, participate in track days at your local road course.
8) If you find you still love it, look in to what racing series are popular in your area and start acquiring all the things necessary to race in it.
Of course, since this is the Motorcycle Racing section, I should probably inform you that motorcycles are a *LOT* cheaper to race compared to cars, and a lot more exciting as well. Not that I'm biased or anything.
FWIW, I'm a mechanical engineer working with engine and chassis development at a university. I don't make a fortune, but I have enough to have a few track cars (and track motorcycles), and time to use them. You'll never see me on TV having won a major racing event, but I enjoy getting out on the track with cars and motorcycles and participating in club racing.
How does one begin a karting career?
Karting career that transforms into an auto-racing career that is. Obviously you need the kart, suit, helmet, supplies, knowledge on the kart itself, etc...But are there 'license tests' to take to be in certain classes? Any advice? Thanks!
Question answered by KimiFan
Unless you have alot of money to put into karting; it transforming into a auto racing career (on a ride, as I think your implying) isn't very realistic. Karting as a hobby or sport? Thats more likely. You don't need to be certified or anything (for the most part) just experienced.
ekartingnews.com is probably the best site for questions you have. Just read around.
How can i start Karting in Melbourne?
Just wondering how i can start Go-karting in melbourne?
I have no clue where and how i can start it?
Where do i go to start and also where can i find someone to train me?
I'm 15 years old Thank you!
Question answered by K
First, I hope you are aware that karting is EXTREMELY expensive. All motorsport is pricey, but in Australia, as with many other minority sports, it is even more so. A decent second-hand kart will set you back about $5000...to say nothing of a top-of-the-range kart. And that's just for the kart, no tyres, no running costs.
Now, to answer your question, go to the CAMS website. They are the governing body of all motorsport in Australia and listed on their site are all of the affiliated motorsport clubs. The Confederation of Australian Motorsport is the name you are searching for; and you may search their list by state. You may then contact motorsport clubs in Melbourne for more detail, but make sure you know which ones are for karting, and which are for hillclimbing or rallying or a great deal of other things.
How would I get recognized as a driver through karting?
I am big into cars and driving and that and as lots of young people would I'd like to become a racer - F1 or touring car. Would I have to put myself into competitions with my own kart and get licenses etc etc or is it possible that 'scouts' could pick me out from a karting track because I could have a talent for it?
By the way I'm 13.
Mr J B
Question answered by Paul S
Winning draws attention. While it's unlikely that a single win will draw attention, consistently being the fastest driver in the field and regularly winning will certainly lead to people taking notice.. Though there are no "scouts" exactly - the major racing teams do not have people watching the karting ranks and such... but if you get noticed, word will get around and help you to be in a good position when you pursue sponsorships or other driving opportunities. Making the most of those opportunities by again being consistently the fastest driver and regularly winning will create the same situation and opportunities to move up... and so on.
How can I ask my parents if I can start karting?
I don't know how to get all of the information to them and for them to let me start. So should I write everything down and then just ask if I can start karting then give them the writing or something else
Question answered by latj
Honesty is going to be your best friend. Make sure you have on paper everything you will need and how much EXACTLY it will cost. Have the pros and cons written down and make sure you have exactly in your mind how much this means to you and what it means to you and what it will bring to your life in a "positive" way. Tell that what you are willing to do in exchange to begin karting (extra chores, keep your grades up, keep your room spotless..whatever..you decide this but it must be good). Make them seem like YOU are coming to the table to them with a great "business plan" that they cannot refuse. I wish you the best. Be organized, be loving and open to their suggestions.
Peace, Love & Happiness
Can anyone provide me with the detailed address of all karting tracks in the south east asia region?
I intend start a informative karting website to aid the karting scene in the south east asia region. So karting fans out there, your help will be much appreciated!
Question answered by HK gal
City Kart Racing
Jean-Marc Freihuber, Managing Director
Km. 18 West Service Road
Sucat, Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel: +632 821-7087
Mobile: +63 917 - 866 5555
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9am-11pm
Siam Karting Circuit
Address : 387, Moo 6, Sukhumvit Road Km 143, Near Min Siam, Pattaya City, Thailand
Phone : 038 727 410, 038 421 628, 038 424 232
Fax : 038 727 411, 038 421 555
KR International Grand Prix
Address : 62/125, Moo 12, Soi Korphai, South Pattaya
Phone : 038 300 347-9
Fax : 038 300 254
Pattaya Kart Speedway Co Ltd
Address : 248/2, Moo 12, Soi 9, Thepprasit Road, Jomtien Beach
Phone : 038 422 044, 01 938 0982
Fax : 038 422 042
Website : http://www.karting-thailand.com...
Chennai, Go-Kart motor car driving at AVM Studio Campus in Arcot Road, Near Vadapalani.
Does Go Karting make you a more aggressive driver?
I want to start go karting, but im going to start driving an a couple of months and my dad says that it will just make me a more aggressive driver, and so are more likely to crash, so wont let me do it. So i was just wondering if he was right, and if anyone has any tips on trying to convince him.
Question answered by Clive Roland
karting got me off the street ( racing ) when i was younger... it instills a very high level of discipline on oneself... while driving on or off the track... makes one realize that dangerous driving can have very dire consequences.. on and off the track...it makes you realize that stupid behavior will not/is not tolerated ... on or off the track...
gives you a very safety oriented approach to your driving... it looks quite the opposite from a viewers standpoint, but believe me... in the chaos of a race evryone is trying to finish a race and if you dont bahave you will get taken out...by an accident, by a fellow racer, or by the stewards...
racing has kept me acutely aware of what is happening around me... it has showed me the dangers of stupid driving and its consequences...im 40 years old... still racing.... had a major off with my car when i was 16 years old... drinking and driving dont mix..
. my mum enrolled me ia racing school becauseshe knew i would just go back street racing ... and have been accident free sincethen ( im 40 now ) my 8 year old son just started his cadet kart program...
the laymans view of racing is that it is populated but a bunch of speed freaks with safety the last priority... while the part about loving speed is true... safety is the issue that is discussed first, foremost...
What are the names of Go-karting tournaments held in India and how to apply for them ?
what are the requirements to get into this tournaments and i am above 18 so school competitions would not help me, looking for genuine senior karting tournaments and how to apply for them being a fresher.
Question answered by El Nuke-O
go to the nearest Go-Karting center and ask them. they probably hold them, if they don't i'd think that they'd know were they are held.
How old is too old to start karting?
No-one I know has ever taken an interest in car racing, and not too long ago I became enthralled by it! I really want to do it professionally, and I want to start karting, but I'm fifteen. Is that too old to start? I heard most people start when they're a lot younger.
Question answered by Paul S
Too old to start karting? Probably somewhere around 80 I would guess. At that point the seating position and physicality of the sport is likely not going to be a good fit for most (though I personally know people that kart close to that age). Starting at that late age though, there is also the question of how much you can learn since studies have shown the older someone gets, the slower they are to learn new activities.
However, you then seem to add to your question about starting to kart with the goal of professional racing... that's very different. While it's almost never to late to join in and enjoy motorsports, there are two key enemies in the pursuit of professional motorsports: time and money. The more you have of one, the less you need of the other; ultimately though, you need a good deal of both.
Most professional drivers start around age 6-8 in competitive karting, and are moving into related low level feeder series by age 15. If someone has great, or at least above average talent, then it will take thousands of hours of actual seat time to develop the skills to support that talent. The earlier you start, the more time there is to develop those skills. Adding to this, if your final goal is at the very top rungs of professional motorsport, then the window of opportunity will close somewhere in your early 20s - after that you will simply be too old as there will be other equal or better options for teams that are younger than you. As you move lower down the ladder, the window stays open longer, but the basic issue somewhat remains.
The side issue to this is money. If your goal is the very highest levels, and you are just starting now... 15 isn't outside of the realm of possibility. However, you will need to be in a position to fund your own development program (a year or two in karting, then on to something like FF2000, then a step or two higher, and a step above that... combined with professional coaching, that is an outlay of of $4-5 million dollars over the next 5 years).
Starting at age 6 allows for a driver to spend more time in karting, which is much less costly than higher forms of motorsport. It also allows more time to develop relationships with sponsors. In the end though, it will still take a good sum of money... but that $4-5 million will be spread out over a much longer time, and given the time to build your name, you may be able to fund a really good sized chunk of that money at the most expensive levels as you are on the verge of turning professional.
Even with lots of time, money, and great natural talent, the odds can still look a bit long. All of which may sound very discouraging, which is not to say don't get involved in karting. Just be aware of what the road to being a pro looks like. Karting and other motorsport is still fun and maybe there will be career options that come out of it, but the probability is that it will never move past something you enjoy (and subtracts rather than adds to the weight of you wallet).