250 International (Formula E)
These lightning fast Superkarts are the premiere class of Superkarting in Australia and around the world. With a combined class weight (kart and driver) of 210kg, they have a power to weight ratio impressive enough to make you weak at the knees. These machines can reach in excess of 250km/h, with lap times only to be rivalled by Australian Superbikes and V8 Supercars. International Superkarts are currently lapping the GP circuit at Sydney Motorsport Park in the high 1:27 bracket and the Goulburn-based Wakefield Park in the low 58 second bracket.
The latest motors are pushing power to a reliable 100hp, revving to 14,000rpm and have a 6-speed sequential gearbox. The buzz you get when you open the slides is second to none. Incorporating full aerodynamic bodywork and four wheel disc brakes they require a unique driving style that anybody can get a huge buzz from. They are physically demanding but when you get it right, it’s like boot camp at 200kmh and 30mm off the ground.
The 250-Inter is recognisable by its yellow number plates and black numbers. These machines have traditionally been powered by the Grand Prix style 250cc twin cylinder, 2-stroke power plants from manufacturers like Honda with its grunty RS250, the bulletproof Yammaha TZ250 and the European influence coming in the way of the Rotax 250 inline.
Since the early 2000s, the class has seen huge developments with the inline configuration motors and the introduction of Superkart specific motors from manufacturers like DEA, BRC, FPE, PVP and the french VM (with its Australian development carried out by NSW life member Brian Stockman of Stockman Superkarts), seeing the horsepower levels rise and the lap times tumble.
If you are interested in this category, get in touch with our amazing club, come and meet the friendly faces and get the right information. This a true club level form of motorsport that allows you to lap our countries circuits faster than your neighbour’s Ferrari and it all packs up into a box trailer.
Here in NSW, we have everything you need to run, maintain and race a 250-Inter with support from the likes of Avoig Superkarts or Stockman Superkarts, combined with the friendly and helpful members, meaning there is always an affordable way to keep you on the track.
So come along to a meeting, see the sights and sounds of two strokes and smell the race fuel… Need we say more???