Using his garage, some scrap metal, a two-stroke engine and his imagination, racecar designer and builder Art Ingles created the first go-kart. This small, open, motorized (though in some cases, non-motorized) four-wheel racing vehicle was first manufactured in the United States, but soon European manufacturers began to assemble go-karts, as well.
If you want to buy a go-kart, begin by investigating your own expectations and the types of karts available. You will be able to make an appropriate selection more easily if you become familiar with your range of options.
It is important to give the make and model as much thought as the price. If you intend to build your own, look through a variety of plans. You'll also want to ask yourself some important questions and keep a few things in mind:
For those with previous experience, electric might be your best choice since it will have great pick-up. However, an inexperienced driver will not be prepared for that kind of start, so be sure you have the practice and knowledge necessary to handle it well. Repairs on electric models also cost less than those for gasoline-fueled karts, and insurance is reasonable.
The competitive at heart will want a kart that offers superior performance on the raceway. Try out a shifter model: you must shift gears while you are in motion, making it more difficult to drive, but you attain higher speeds than in an automatic kart.
Whether you decide to build a go-kart as a family project or purchase it from a manufacturer or even second-hand, this enjoyable activity will keep you entertained and leave you with a lifetime of memories.