Cyclekart From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cyclekart is a type of gokart racing where you drive what basically is a motorised soapbox car.
Cyclekarts are compact, lightweight, sports machines, home and hand made by their drivers for the pursuit of classic motoring sporting excitement. They are not built to be serious race machines or show cars. They're built purely for the personal satisfaction and fun and of driving a machine you've built yourself. As driving machine, the CycleKart formula loosely limits certain aspects of the machines to maintain good sporting performance without jeopardising the light-hearted nature of these machines and the people who build them.
CycleKarts and their builders don't like to take things too seriously, but do encourage good, sporting competitions for fun. The Cyclekart specifications allow for all the cars built being similar in performance, without strictly governing the rules.
CycleKarts are built for the pleasure of the imagination, the design and the building of the kart. CycleKarts are based on the styling of 1920s and 1930s race cars to pre WWII. Making it look good is fundamental, performance is secondary in the Cyclekarting community.
The mechanical design is a simplified version of a cyclecar. The formula specifies that a CycleKart is a one-seat car using 17 x 1 3/4 or 2 inch rims, 2.50 x 17 tires, a 38 inch track, wheelbase as close to 66 inches as the aesthetics of the car will allow, weight no more than 250 lbs, and powered by a single cylinder, 5 to 6.5 hp OHV engine.Power is transmitted via chain to one wheel only. Braking is also on this same rear wheel by hydraulic disc.