Leading Go Kart Brands
Which one is the best?
There are several manufacturers of go karts and go kart parts in North America. However, the majority of top brands are located in Europe. There are also a lot of Chinese-made go karts hitting North American shores these days. While you can find some excellent manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada, you will also notice that a lot of go kart shops are importing the machines from various parts of the world.
While go karts have been around for about 50 years, they are still considered relatively new in the grand scheme of things. Some manufacturers will produce the whole kart from top to bottom, while other brands will concentrate on building one specific component, such as the chassis or the engine. It's very common to see serious racers using several different brands when putting their kart together.
American companies such as Ken-Bar, Carter Brothers and Margay can supply you with a complete kart, while the Italian firm Tony Karts, is well known throughout the world for its line of chassis. You'll also notice that some of the world's top tire makers manufacture go kart tires.
If you're not really a serious karter and you prefer to drive them for fun and recreational purposes, you may want to look at buying a complete kart to save yourself some time and money. However, if you're down at the race track every weekend it's a good idea to do some research to find out how who makes the best components or if there's a ready-made kart to fulfill your racing needs. For example, Rotax is a company that is world famous for its line of motors, but it also makes complete vehicles that are considered by many to be the best around.