Karting at Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit is set to blast through the rev limiter for both speed and fun, with the Victorian track investing more than $230 000 in a new fleet of French made SODI RT8 karts. The karts arrived from Europe this week and will go through an assembly process in readiness for action by the September school holidays.
Circuit managing director, Fergus Cameron, has searched worldwide to source the best karts and has ordered 27 of the SODI RT8 karts from the highly regarded SODI Racing Company in Nantes in France.
“These are no ordinary karts. Each has a price tag in excess of $8000. SODI are the Ferrari of the karting world, and we went with them to ensure our fans enjoyed the best karting experience possible,”
said Fergus Cameron.
“We need to replace our karts every three to four years and this is a significant, but necessary, investment to ensure top quality karts.
“In the karting world, the name SODI is legendary and their karts are designed and manufactured in Europe, with technical development honed on the racetracks of the world and through intensive testing. These SODI karts will make karting at the island even more thrilling and we are sure that fans across Australia will love the experience.”
Fans will be able to race the karts on the island’s 760m karting track, which is a scale replica of the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit raced by the world’s greatest MotoGP, world superbike riders and the boys of the V8 Supercar brigade. Open seven days a week, the kart track is adjoined to the Visitor Centre, situated above Southern Loop and overlooking Bass Straight.
The new karts arrived this week and over the next month, final assembly will be completed including the application of Phillip Island livery. The karts are fired by a 9hp GX270 Honda engine, and with the addition of many safety features, top speeds are far more attainable.
All round rubber protection surrounds each kart, preventing wheel to wheel contact between the race machines. In the event of a collision, the rubber-surround compresses to absorb any impact and quickly resumes its race-ready shape.
The new karts come fitted with a structurally engineered roll bar and seat belt. There’s also an Anti-Gas Brake System, that when applied, overrides the accelerator pedal for greater safety and reduces clutch damage.
With state of the art seats and pedals fitted, the karts can be adjusted to make it easier to custom fit drivers. They allow for a minimum driver height of 140 cm.
“This is great news for young drivers. Our previous karts had a minimum height of 153 cm, but with the new karts allowing for children as short as 140cm, most 12 year olds will be able to compete.”
Karting at Phillip Island is super fun for adrenalin junkies through to novices. Participants can race the clock or one another and push out a series of hot laps in their quest to set the day’s fastest lap. Lap time print outs are provided for each racer. Times can even be posted to a driver’s own Facebook site, allowing any top gun to enjoy maximum bragging rights. All lap times are also posted to the website www.phillipislandgokarts.com.au for all to see.
Group racing is encouraged, and tandem karts are available for beginners, particularly popular for parents and children starting out.
France’s “Sodi Racing” range is designed for the most demanding drivers, as well as recreational drivers, seeking a high performance, reliable racing kart. The company’s Sodi Racing Team competes internationally in karting championships and has accumulated many victories including World Champion, European Champion, winner of the World Cup and many titles in national championships on all continents.
No bookings are required for each on track session. All fans are given a thorough briefing in safety and race-craft before putting their driving skill to the test. For all details www.phillipislandgokarts.com.au
Ffi Ingrid Roepers at on mobile 04 111 989 44