More than any other type of kart, the Super Kart resembles the big race cars competing at the Indianapolis 500 and in other famous auto races. The Super Kart’s powerful 250 cubic-centimeter (cc) engine is actually a motorcycle engine. Like its large race car cousin, but unlike any other type of kart, the Super Kart has a six-speed transmission, which is engaged through a pedal-operated clutch and a hand-operated gearshift.
Super Karts, among the fastest of all karts, resemble race cars in another obvious way: their bodies. Super Kart bodies, like those of the FKE class, are made of fiberglass. In Super Kart bodies, however, drivers are exposed, not enclosed, as they are in the Formula Kart Experimental bodies.
Super Kart competition came to the United States in 1979. For several years before then, Europeans had been racing this unique type of kart. Perhaps because of their European origin, Super Kart races in the United States are run under the Federation Internationale de I’Automobile (FIA) racing procedure. Under this procedure, Super Kart events are divided into four 15-minute heats. The higher a driver finishes in each heat, the fewer points he or she receives. After all four heats, the driver with the fewest points is the winner.
Since 1979, the World Karting Association has taken the lead in sponsoring Super Kart events. It sanctions races on both the oval road-racing tracks and the twisting sprint-racing courses.