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How it all started...
Thank you Art!
is the most frightening
thing I've ever had to do"
Autosport Magazine, 1994
after doing a test drive of Formula/E World Champion Martin Hines' ZipEagle 250cc Twin
Superkart while a test driver for McLaren.
The start of a European Championship
Talk about a GoodTime!
commentators have likened this class of racing as the closest thing to Formula 1 without
suspension! This class uses a twin-cylinder Grand Prix bike motor producing up to 90
HP. With an incredible power to weight ratio, these karts are capable of speeds
upwards of 260 kph and can actually produce faster lap times than many V8 Touring
question, SuperKarts are one of the most exciting forms of 4-wheeled motorsports
available. With competitors in the 250cc International class lapping Eastern Creek
at times faster than Mick Doohan, and reaching speeds in excess of 250km/h (around 160
mph), it's easy to see why this has become one of Australia's most breathtaking
"On full sized racing circuits,
the real maniacs can indulge themselves in the SuperKart class. With its liquid-cooled
250cc two-stroke engine and manual clutch six-speed gearbox, a SuperKart can deliver truly
impressive performance (0-100km/h in well under 3.5 seconds, 240km/h top speed, 2.6g of
cornering power.) SuperKarts cut some embarrassingly quick lap times and have been known
to match the lap times of Formula Atlantic or Indy Light cars!! At two circuits in
England, Oulton Park and Lydden Hill, the outright lap record is held by SuperKarts;
faster than Formula 1 on these tight tracks." Capital City Kart Club, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
for me to do this test had been rare: a few days earlier at the Formula "A"
Danish Championship Erik Magnussen (brother of the Stewart F1 driver Jan) told me that no
vehicle had frightened him as much as the 250 kart which he had tried out. I can
well believe Coulthard when he says that a 250 kart brakes harder than a F3000." Vincent Caro, Karting
Magazine, Jan. '98 on his test drive of Poul Petersen's 256 PVP SuperKart.
about this class reaks of professionalism, excitement, speed, money and sheer guts and
courage! With the use of exotic materials such as carbon fibre and minutely
adjustable chassis, this class is of true international standards. It is little
surprise that some karts are worth upwards of $20,000." Victorian SuperKart Club
"On a long
track without its spoiler and wing the 250 kart would be as ill at ease as a skier without
poles. I always knew these prominent accessories were not just there for show, but I had
to drive the kart to verify and appreciate what they do." Vincent Caro, Karting
Magazine, Jan. '98
International class SuperKarts, or Formula/E, represent the pinnacle of kart performance
and technology. This class is not for the inexperienced or faint-hearted, with
considerable skill and driver experience needed to handle such a powerful unit safely and
competitively. Lap times at most Australian circuits are substantially lower than
those of the top Group A Touring Cars. This is definately not a budget racing
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250 Formula/E Tech
Zip, Anderson, PVP, Stockman, EMA, Nissag, P1, Nemesis,
Cobalt, Stratos, ADE and others. Fully
Twin-Cylinder 250cc: Rotax 256, Yamaha TZ, Honda RS,
FPE, BRC, Hemingway, V-dot, SGM
Transmission: Six-speed sequential gearbox
Horsepower: Take a guess! It's somewhere between 90 and 100+
upon who's telling the
Programmable Electronic on most.
Four-wheel disc brakes
12.0 x 8.0 rear, 10.5 x 5.5/6.0 front
6-inch front and rear
Hines, three-time World Champion, was said to have
been clocked at 175 at Daytona, circa
Road America ~ 160 m.p.h.
New or Used?.....$5,000 - $25,000+
How fast do you want to go?
The tech specs
for Formula InterContinental/E, or IC/E as it is known, are the same
as those above for Formula/E, the difference being the motor. In the
IC/E class, competitors are limited to a single cylinder 250cc motor
where F/E is twin cylinder 250.
Popular motors for IC/E are the
Rotax 257, Honda CR250,Yamaha YZ250 and GasGas.
How Does It
Some have said
that Superkarts are the closest thing to a F/1 or IndyCar.
may be an exaggeration........maybe not
Car 1200 750 1.6
1550 800 1.9
274 90* 3.0
1400 425 3.3
|Ford GT 40 Mk
IV 2200 500 4.4
2600 570 4.5
3400 710 4.8
1200 240 5.0
of the new motors are pushing
the 100HP envelope and beyond
is only an inch off the