Our F.A.Q. page is made up of
questions often asked at race meetings and in general conversation with people
of all ages and from all walks of life.
We would like
to include as many questions as possible that are relevant to the prospective
superkarters, so if you can't find an answer here that helps you, please don't
hesitate to contact us for answers to any
questions. We will include any new questions
into the FAQ pages
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- What are superkarts ?
are the different classes of superkarts?
- What is the difference between sprintkarts and
- How fast do
superkarts go ?
- Are superkarts
- Where and when can I go to see superkarts race
in Australia ?
- How do I go about getting started in superkarting ?
- How much does it cost ?
- What about racing
- How often do
superkarts race in Australia ?
- Where can I buy
karts or kart bits and pieces ?
Superkarts are road racing machines
(Go-Karts) that were originally based on sprintkarts
or go-karts as they were originally known and are designed to run on full size
motor racing tracks.
Superkarts are fitted with motorcycle
type engines of 80cc, 125cc, 250cc single and 250cc twin cylinders with gearboxes.
What are the
different classes of superkarts in Australia?
There are 6 different
classes of superkarts in Australia with a range of costs
and performances. The gearbox classes are 80cc, 125cc,
250cc single cylinder and 250cc twin cylinder.
There are currently 2 Non-gearbox
classes, 100cc and Rotax Max125cc.
Sprintkarts are designed primarily for shorter purpose made sprint circuits and do
not have a gearbox.
Superkarts are designed to be raced on full size car racing circuits and are fitted with wings and fairings and motorcycle engines
of various capacities with gearboxes.
How fast do superkarts go ?
Up to 250 kph in an 250cc
top speed of superkarts depends on what class you are competing in and also the
nature of the track you are competing on.
Are superkarts dangerous ?
It needs to be said that all
forms of motorsport do carry an element of danger and that incidents can and
Having said that, superkarting has seen relatively few serious injuries compared
to some other categories of racing vehicles. Every effort is taken to ensure the
safety of competitors and spectators alike at race meetings by the organisers
but, the ultimate responsibility belongs with the competitors while they are on
the track by giving each other sufficient racing room and competing within the
limitations of themselves and their equipment.
Superkart races are held at most Australian
right throughout the year.
Getting started in superkarts is really quite simple, especially if you do a
little bit of research before you start.
Your main question to ask yourself is how much do I want to spend when
starting out? If you can give yourself a ballpark budget to begin with it makes
the job a little easier when it comes to choosing machinery and equipment. You
should always attend a couple of superkart meetings so you can see for yourself
what is involved and get a more balanced view on equipment and ongoing running
The costs to get into superkarting vary so widely that it makes it very
difficult to predict a starting point. So much depends on what level you wish to
compete at such as club, state or national level or even just at hobby level and
never compete! Also, equipment prices vary so much depending on age, condition,
amount of goodies fitted to the kart and so on.
Click here for some more info on costs.
It is a requirement in
Australia to be a current financial member of a CAMS affiliated club and hold a
minimum level 2 license if you wish to compete at club circuit sprint events, a
minimum level 3 (K3) superkart racing license to compete at an open race event up to
state level. If, in the future you intend to race at state or national
championship level you will
have to have your license upgraded to level 4 (K4).
How often do superkarts race in
In Australia, the various
clubs around the country schedule their open race meetings nearly every month of
the year. Other events that superkarts occasionally compete at are hillclimbs
and drag racing.
Where can I buy karts and bits and
You can try the
Australian clubs pages, the local Trading Post paper and daily newspaper
classifieds. You can also go to our Links page and click on the Australian
Karting Association website link to get the addresses for sprintkart clubs,
or to contact a superkart dealer on the mainland. These dealers can
find you a second hand kart or even build you a brand new one in any class you
like and can supply any parts and go-fast goodies you may desire!
Here to go to RaceSell.com pages
Click here to go to our Links
page to find the AKA, dealer, mainland club and CAMS websites.
Here to find Australian club