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The best kart ever? Limited edition Ayrton Senna kart

 

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In May 2007, Tony Kart released this gorgeous limited edition Aryton Senna Collection special edition kart.

The Ayrton Senna kart was limited to just 200 in total, with each one bearing a unique silver plaque with the kart’s number and a reproduction of Ayrton Senna’s signature. Developed to compete in the KF class, there were two versions: the MB Racing Version, which featured an OTK BS7 brake setup and the Racing Version, with standard OTK BS6 brake setup.

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The limited edition kart was launched in Jesolo, the scene of many great battles between Senna and his rivals, especially the 1979 Champions Cup.

Everything about the kart oozes quality, from the chassis which is very similar to the one used on the Tony Kart Racer EVX. The frame is dark blue corresponding to the equivalent colour on the Brazil flag and the graphic work of the fairing and side boxes is green, blue and gold, the famous colours of Ayrton’s helmet. The seat is covered in a special cloth with the signature “Ayrton Senna” embroidered on it and the steering wheel, like all the rest, evoking the colours of the champion.

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As expected, they rapidly sold out around the world but from time to time used examples do pop up on auction websites. One sold last year for just over £1,500, while in the USA there’s an unused example going for just shy of £3,500. The Ayrton Senna Racing Collection karts may not be the pinnacle of karting technology, but they’re certainly up there with the best looking karts ever made.

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The full spec of the karts are as follows:

SENNA CHASSIS MB RACING VERSION
– Axle 50mm Ø
– New self adjustable manual brake system OTK BS7
– OTK HST stub axle (25mm wheel pivot)
– Three-heights-adjustable axle
– Flat bottom OTK seat
– Floor plate with anti-slip protection
– Magnesium wheels OTK MXP
– Magnesium components
– New seat support
– New aluminium feet support, adjustable and reversible
– New lower steering column support
SENNA CHASSIS RACING VERSION
– Axle 50mm Ø
– Hydraulic double-circuit self adjustable brake OTK BS6
– OTK HST stub axle (25mm wheel pivot)
– Three-heights-adjustable axle
– Flat bottom OTK seat
– Floor plate with anti-slip protection
– Magnesium wheels OTK MXP
– Magnesium components
– New seat support
– New aluminium feet support, adjustable and reversible
– New lower steering column support

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