How do I choose the right go-kart ?

06.03.24 By Florian Eychenne

Karting is a thrilling and accessible mechanical sport that is attracting more and more enthusiasts in France. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced driver, it's important to know the criteria for choosing a kart. It's also important to know the prices, the rules and where to meet other karting enthusiasts.

Choosing the right kart

Before buying a go-kart, it's crucial to decide what you're going to use it for. If you're a beginner, a leisure kart will be more than enough. These karts are generally equipped with a 4-stroke engine, offering a smoother ride and requiring less maintenance. Leisure karts are ideal for beginners and are affordable, costing between €1,000 and €3,000 for new models.

On the other hand, if you want to go racing, you'll have to opt for a competition kart. These machines are fitted with 2-stroke engines, which are more powerful, offer better roadholding and offer superior performance. Competition karts are more expensive, with prices ranging from €3,000 to €8,000 for new models.

New or used go-karts

The choice between a new or used kart will depend largely on your budget. New karts have the advantage of being under warranty, in perfect working order and meeting current safety standards. However, they are generally more expensive.

If you're a beginner or have a limited budget, you might consider buying a second-hand go-kart. However, it's essential to inspect the condition of the kart before you buy. Call in an expert to avoid any nasty surprises. Used go-karts can be found at prices ranging from 500 to 2,500 euros.

Legislation in France

In France, karting is regulated to ensure the safety of drivers and the public. You don't need a driving licence to drive a kart on an approved track in France. However, a minimum age is generally required, and this varies from track to track and region to region.

For leisure karts, the minimum age is often 7 or 8. For competition karts, the minimum age is generally 12. Some tracks may require parental authorisation for minors. Be sure to check with the karting track concerned before planning a driving session.

Karting on public roads is strictly forbidden. You can only go karting on circuits approved by the French karting federation.

Environmental regulations

Since 2019, it has been compulsory to fit a floor mat for your paddock. An environmental floor mat will prevent karting liquids from running into the ground.

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Meet karting enthusiasts

Karting is not only an exciting activity but also a community of enthusiasts. You can meet other karting enthusiasts at organised karting events, friendly races on the track or even by joining local karting clubs. Clubs often offer opportunities to race, train and share knowledge with other drivers.

In conclusion, the choice of karting depends on your level of experience and your budget. Whether it's a new or second-hand kart, make sure you research the specification, condition and local regulations before making your purchase. And don't forget that karting is first and foremost a shared passion, so immerse yourself in this motorsport community to enjoy this adrenalin-fuelled experience to the full!

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