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Lotus Racing Karts - Introduction

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 12:30
You’re never too old to drive a Lotus. You’re never too young either. Arguably the most fun, raw and inspirational racing machine to come out of the Lotus stable packs a mere 100cc.

Lotus Racing KartsYou’re never too old to drive a Lotus. You’re never too young either. Arguably the most fun, raw and inspirational racing machine to come out of the Lotus stable packs a mere 100cc.

With this year’s move into karting, Group Lotus becomes the only car manufacturer to have a presence at the entry level of motorsport, and that gives us a head-start when it comes to talent spotting.

Pretty much every racing driver you’ve ever heard of cut their teeth in karting, from Lotus legends Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell through to the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen.

The official Lotus Racing Karts team is competing in the CIK-FIA KF1 Karting World Championship. Another important task for Lotus Racing Karts will be CIK-FIA «U18» Karting World Championship. This new series is aimed at promoting drivers between 15 and 18-years-old through an FIA World Championship in which costs are rigorously limited, in particular thanks to the free allocation of engines and tyres to all participants.

Free? That’s not a word you hear often in this game, is it?

Racing Categories

The CIK-FIA sanctions international championships in KF1, KF2, KF3, KZ1 and KZ2.  They are regarded as the top level classes of karting and are also raced in national championships worldwide.  The World Championships is decided here.

International Events

  • KF1 (the top level of karting)
  • KF2 (15 years or older)
  • KF3 (13-15 years)
  • KZ1 and KZ2 (125cc gearbox categories)

All are using the same water-cooled no-gearbox 125cc two-stroke engines with starter and clutch, each with different specifications (mufflers, air boxes, carburettor, rev limiter etc).

National Events

Most National Championships run under the rules of the CIK-FIA, although the most celebrated national level karting series are Spec series karts such as Rotax Max (a Touch-and-Go class), Vortex ROK, Easykart, IAME X30 or those using the Yamaha KT100 engine.

Chassis

The shassis are made of steel tube.  There is no suspension therfore chassis have to be flexible enough to work as a suspension and stiff enough not to break or give way on a turn.  Kart chassis must be CIK-FIA approved and must have valid homologation issued by the governing body.  Braking is achieved by a disk brake mounted on the rear axle. Front disk brakes are increasingly popular.  Certain classes, however, do not allow them.  Professionally raced karts typically weigh 75 to 79 kg complete (without driver).

Engines

Racing karts use small two-stroke engines, developed and built by dedicated manufacturers such as Vortex, TM, IAME, Pavesi and Rotax.  The most popular categories worldwide are those using the Touch-and-Go (TAG) 125cc units.  The recent 125cc KF1 engines are electronically limited at 15,000 rpm.  These can develop about 40 hp for a single-cylinder 125cc unit.  Most engines are water-cooled, though air-cooled engines previously dominated the sport.

Chassis Range

The production of karts and components is licensed by Group Lotus to Wildkart, specialists in aeronautics precision engineering since 1996 and manufacturer of karts since 2002.  Wildkart is regarded as an authority in kart chassis and components, providing services and solutions to many karting suppliers and brands.  The fit with Group Lotus is enhanced by the mutual commitment to innovation, technology and development.

Kart Colin C30

C30

Homologation No. 58/CH/17
Tube material: CrMo
Main frame tubes: 30mm
Number of bends: 9
Wheelbase: 1040mm
Rear axle: 50mm
Spindle: 25mm
Front width: 710mm
Rear width: 640mm
Braking system: DB12, 4 piston, hydraulic, 61/FR/14
Wheels: Front 130 / Rear 210
Front and rear stabiliser
Anodised Aluminium components
KG bodywork with sticker kit
Alcantara steering wheel

Options

Magnesium wheels
Tillett Racing Seat

Kart Colin C30

C32

Homologation No. 57/CH/17
Tube material: CrMo
Main frame tubes: 32mm
Number of bends: 9
Wheelbase: 1040mm
Rear axle: 50mm
Spindle: 25mm
Front width: 710mm
Rear width: 642mm
Braking system: DB12, 4 piston, hydraulic, 61/FR/14
Wheels: Front 130 / Rear 210
Front and rear stabiliser
Anodised Aluminium components
KG bodywork with sticker kit
Alcantara steering wheel

Options

Magnesium wheels
Tillett Racing Seat

Lotus Touch & Go (TAG)

Kart Jimmy C32CHASSIS

Homologation No. 58/CH/17
Tube material: CrMo
Main frame tubes: 30mm
Number of bends: 9
Wheelbase: 1040mm
Rear axle: 50mm
Spindle: 25mm
Front width: 710mm
Rear width: 640mm
Braking system: DB12, 4 piston, hydraulic, 61/FR/14
Wheels: Magnesium Front 130 / Rear 210
Tyres: Vega SL3
Equipment: Racing Seat, Engine Mount, Chain, Sprocket, Chain Guard

ENGINE

Bore: 54mm
Stroke: 54mm displacement: 123.95 ccm
Capacity: 22KW @ 11500 rpm
Max torque: 19.6 Nm @ 10000 rpm
Max rpm: 13800 rpm (electronically rev limited)
Carburettor: Dell'orto D.30

Vortex ROK - 125cc single-cylinder two-stroke engine, with reed valve admission in the crankcase.  It is mixture-lubricated and liquid-cooled with integrated water pump.  It has a self-generating digital ignition and an integrated electric starter with dedicated battery.  A centrifugal dry clutch makes it possible to keep the engine on even when the kart is stationary.

Lloyd Bilick Lotus Racing Karts Testing AustraliaRacing Team

Competing under the "Lotus Racing Karts" banner and forming part of the Lotus Racing division, Lotus Racing Karts will field a factory-backed team, operated by Jefra Racing out of its headquarters near Treviso, Italy.  With a formidable racing pedigree spanning over 40 years, Jefra Racing has competed in many classes of motorsport.  Lotus hopes that this invaluable experience teamed with leadership from Team Manager, Franc Jerancic will form the basis of a truly competitive team.

The Lotus Racing Karts team will compete in the CIK-FIA KF1 Karting World Championship.  The five venue Championship events will take place at Varennes sur Allier in France (29 April 2012), Suzuka in Japan (20 May 2012), Brandon in UK (22 July 2012), Sarno in Italy (9 September 2012), and Macao-Coloane (21 October 2012).

Another important task for Lotus Racing Karts will be CIK-FIA [U18] Karting World Championship.  This new prestigious Karting competition is aimed at promoting young drivers between 15 and 18 years old through an FIA World Championship in which costs are rigorously limited, thanks to the free allocation of engines and tyres to all participants, and which will encompass a groundbreaking pedagogical training.  This has the necessary potential to refocus Karting on its renowned virtue, namely being the school of tomorrow's great autosport champions.

CONTACT

General Info - info@lotuskarts.com

Sales Department - sales@lotuskarts.com

Racing Department - racing@lotuskarts.com

Franc Jerancic - frank@lotuskarts.com

Domen Jerancic - domen@lotuskarts.com