Over the past 60 years kartsport has evolved from a simple weekend pastime to a Nationally and Internationally organised competitive form of motorsport. Even so the original appeal remains the same. Karts are still the most inexpensive way to enjoy the thrills and excitement of motor racing in a safe and controlled environment.
Superkarting is for those 15 years and upwards, male or female, looking for family fun or downright serious competition, the versatility of Kartsport provides it all. From its inception in the late 1950's, kartsport has always been a part of motor racing.
There was an explosion of interest as the world discovered the fun of kartsport. The number of weekend participants grew rapidly and soon a need developed to organise the sport and set rules for competition and the New Zealand Kart Federation Inc. was formed in the early 1960's. In 2002 the New Zealand Kart Federation Inc. changed its name to KartSport New Zealand and is recognised as the organisation controlling all kart racing in New Zealand. It consists of a number of Clubs and people who are affiliated or registered with KartSport New Zealand. KartSport New Zealand has a signed agreement of mutual recognition of the organisation by the national body controlling four wheeled motor sport in New Zealand, Motor Sport New Zealand (MSNZ). Through MSNZ affiliation to the Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA), KartSport New Zealand are delegated the authority for control of kartsport in New Zealand by the Commission Internationale de Karting (CIK).
In just over 40 years, kartsport has spread to most countries in the world and become a truly international sport. The popularity of kartsport stems from the fact that it offers so much, to so many different types of people. Kartsport can be an inexpensive hobby in which the whole family participates. Kartsport can be a sport in which the young learn the use of motor vehicles and rewards of competition. Kartsport can be for the mechanically minded who like the challenge of extracting every ounce of performance from a racing machine. Kartsport is exciting, safe, fun and affordable motorsport for everyone.
The first look at a kart is usually deceptive. It's hard to take anything so small seriously, yet closer scrutiny reveals that whilst a kart is simple in construction, it is quite sophisticated in design and theory.
The chassis of a kart is also its suspension as it is designed to flex and maintain its tyre contact with the road. A modern kart chassis incorporates a multitude of adjustable parts that can be used to enhance its grip or roadholding. The use of lightweight materials developed for other forms of motorsport reduces the weight to make exciting performance possible from the small motors.
Kart racing takes three forms. Sprint racing, Dirt racing and Superkart racing. This website is dedicated to Superkart racing.