For Prokart newbies.

Prokarting is a thriving national category with easy to understand rules and regulations. There is an enormous amount of friendly help and advice out there from experienced people who are only to happy to give it.

The regulations have been compiled with the express purpose of being sensible, affordable, and free of red tape and over regulation. In our series (as with many others) there is no requirement for a racing licence, or many other MSA regulations - it is understood and assumed that the participants will act sensibly and safely – to everyone’s benefit.
Similarly, these technical and sporting regulations must be adhered to, and the race organisers will make sure that this happens.

Although advice should be taken, pretty well any Prokart is suitable. Broadly speaking, there has been very little change to chassis design over the years. 
The following are some important points -

When you are starting out, there are three variables - 
1. Chassis. 2. Engines. 3. Your skill !
  • There are many sources for buying a kart. There are many examples of 'older' chassis setting competitive lap-times, However, the best advice is to get hold of a chassis built by a recognised builder (that is still around !), such as 7Kart, Wright, MS or BIZ. The first two have dealers present at all EPS rounds. Obviously the older it is, the less likely it is that it's retained it's technical integrity.
  • It must be said however, and I don't want to upset anyone, but it is very rare for Prokarts on eBay to be anything but rubbish. Usually ancient, ex-corporate, illegal - total waste of money. Your best bet is UKK Marketplace , or the many Facebook groups/kart-sales pages.
  • Engines are very important. The aim should be to get hold of a low hours engine, built by a recognised engine builder. With proper maintenance, they will last years. The latest version of the GX160 engine - the 'T2', was introduced a couple of years ago and is superior in every way to the 'T1' (avoid ! - pretty well worthless now). Don't be tempted to do your own engines ........ a very painful road !
  • Failing getting hold of a race-ready late model complete kart (£1500.00 and up) - reducing your variables by two, by far the best strategy is to acquire a rolling chassis ......... and then buy new or absolutely trusted engines, thereby reducing your variables by one. Buying a complete kart with T1s is one way, but reckon on the engines being worth, at best, £200 the pair - do the arithmetic.
  • Suitable clothing and helmets are essential, (please read the regulations – they are written with safety in mind), ………… but need not be expensive, and again, should last for years. The whole lot - £150 and up.
  • Tyres unfortunately will not last for years, and obviously lose performance with age, but willy-nilly throwing new tyres at the kart is absolutely unnecessary. One set of YDS at £140 can last two complete meetings and a bit of testing (10 - 15 hrs) ...... and very often more.
  • Your best friends are Google, EPS Facebook page, Prokart Engineering, and Xcel Motorsport.

Good luck !

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