Costs to get started in karting

As with any sport, karting has a wide variety of choices.  New vs. pre-owned, oval vs. sprint vs. enduro, 2 cycle vs. 4 cycle.  Sometimes the choices can be overwhelming to new karters.  We will try to list some options here for you so you can make a better informed decision.

New vs. pre-owned

This is the hardest of the choices to make.  The saying "You get what you pay for" does apply in this instance. The most important question we ask is, "How long and how hard are you going to work and plan to commit to your hobby?
If a new karter believes they are going to commit a year to their racing career and wants to work hard enough to win, we suggest NEW Equipment. The reason for this is that buying a used kart may seem affordable at first, but fixing up an used kart can get very expensive. Most used karts have not kept up with the latest advances in technology. We try not to make this a "Sales Pitch". But we have seen so many times beginning karters get frustrated trying to make used equipment perform up to their expectations. The result is they spent more money on their equipment or eventually buy a new karting set-up anyway.  The exception is a used kart at a good price for a first kart. This can be done by looking at your local track and asking several karters about a particular used kart that is being displayed. We suggest when looking at a used kart, look at it as if no engine is on it. We say this because, generally it will need rebuilding or the entire kart and engine may need some work on it. Also most all local tracks have engine rules and you need to know what you are buying is legal for the class or classes you choose to race in.
We at TS Racing try to take the time to explain this due to the fact we want your business, whether you buy new or used. We know you will need spare parts no matter what. We just don't want you, the NEW Karter, getting frustrated soon after you get started.

Clearance karts

New kart packages

Below are links to several new kart packages.  This will give you an idea of the costs to get started with new, state of the art equipment. 

Kid Kart

Kids Kart

These machines were designed for drivers 4 to 7 years old. These karts come with a 50cc engine.
Kids karts run on Sprint or Speedway tracks and allow the young karter to develop their skills in a safe and controlled environment.  The design of this kart allows for maximum fun time with a minimum of maintenance. This package comes with a 50cc engine, 800mm wheelbase kart, one piece wheels, mechanical brakes, side pods, tires, chain, sprocket and fairing panel.

Oval Kart

Oval kart racing is the largest segment of the industry.  Oval racing is family based, close competition available in all parts of the country.  Racers can choose between dirt and pavement racing at a facility close to home which reduces travel time and expense.  Most oval karts use 4 cycle engines that maximize track time and reduce work.

Ninja oval kart package

DR Cadet Hero with Comer 80 package

Cadet Sprint Kart

This package includes the popular Comer 80 engine.  The Cadet classes are among the most popular and race all over the country.  This is the next step for sprint racing after kid karts.  Low initial and maintenance costs make this a very popular choice.
Cadet ages 8 to 12
80cc air cooled Comer 80 engine with centrifugal clutch
Runs at sprint tracks
Cadet classes
Top speed of 60 MPH

Touch and Go Kart

This is one of the newest and quickly becoming one of the most popular classes in karting.  The TaG kart is a sprint chassis, complete with FIA tested bodywork, that uses a water cooled, electric start, 125cc single speed engine.  The popularity of this class is the low maintenance, durability, and ease of use.  You can now go to the track, unload, sit down, push a button and race. 
Junior TaG ages 12 to 15
Senior TaG ages 15+
125cc single speed, water cooled engine
On board electric starter
Runs at sprint or enduro race tracks
Top speed of 115 MPH, cornering at 3.0 G's

DR Racing Kart with X30 TaG engine

DR Racing Kart with X30 shifter engine

125cc Shifter Kart

The ultimate ride.  Formula 1 style performance at a price everyone can afford.  This class is for experienced racers that want maximum performance.  Features include a water cooled, 125cc engine with a 6 speed gearbox, massive 4 wheel hydraulic brakes and a power to weight ratio unequalled in racing.
Age 16 and up
125cc water cooled engine, 6 speed sequential gearbox
Runs at sprint or enduro race tracks
Top speed of 125 MPH, cornering in excess of 3.0 G's.


Other items required to get started.

Helmet From $125.00
Racing Jacket or Driving Suit $75.00 or $158.00
Neck Collar From $28.00
Gloves From $22.00
Spare Parts & gears $200.00
Kart Stand $100.00
Fuel & lubricants $50.00

Check out the links on the left for more information on specific areas or follow along while we take you on a tour of karting.