The costs involved are a fraction of 2 stroke karting. A second-hand race-ready kart can be found from anywhere between R20k and R35K. There really is no advantage to buying new as we run hard compound tires. With this tire the difference in a new or used chassis is marginal, most of our races are won by old karts. We run a very even playing field, with engines dyno’d and sealed all to the same spec and a weight limit of 185kg for kart and driver. So the racing is very close and competitive.
- A brand new replacement Honda engine cost about R6800 incl.
- A set of tires is R2500, We limit teams to 4 sets per year
- Race entry fee is R1500 per race
- Brake pads cost anywhere between R300 and R800 per set depending on manufacturer (Hard brakes can last 3 race days)
- Allowing for petrol, oil and a few spares for accidents you are looking at +/- R4000 per race
So based on a 3 man team, each driver is in for +/- R8000 for a good second-hand kart and then about R1400 per person per month to race.
Obviously, like anything in life you can scale your team up or down, with many teams coming in cheaper and some teams spending a lot more…
You also need to consider things like a lap timer, trailer, helmet, rib protector, and gloves (you don’t need a proper race suit, our rules allow for long trousers and long sleeves)