KF1

KF1 is the top level of karting. It is open to the best drivers aged 15 and up.

This class used to be called Formula A and has changed since January 2007 when CIK-FIA decided to replace the 100 cc water-cooled two-stroke engines with 125 cc Touch-and-Go (TaG) water-cooled two-stroke engines (KF type). The engines produce 40hp. KF1 class karts use hand operated front brakes. The front brakes are activated by a Lever. Chassis and engines must be approved by the CIK-FIA. Minimum weight is 160 kilograms (350 lb) with driver.

Karts are equipped with an electric starter and clutch. The engine rpm is limited at 16,000 rpm. Top speed is around 85 mph (140 km/h), depending on circuits.

As the Formula One of karting, KF1 has very high costs and drivers typically spend $100,000 per year to compete. It is needed to finance a lot of practice, training and testing, team costs, chassis and engines, tires and parts, and quite a lot of traveling. Most teams in this category are factory teams or financed by chassis or engine manufacturers.

Drivers typically compete in national competitions, then move into international racing in the KF3 or KF2 classes where they must finish in the top 34 to qualify to compete in KF1. Once in KF1, drivers either stay for a few years to improve their skills before moving on to car racing, or they become professional kart racers and race in KF1 until they retire. Many successful racing drivers and all current F1 drivers started their careers in karts.

There is a European KF1 Championship, a World Cup, and a World Championship, the sport's main event.

Champions

European Champions since 2000
Year Driver Chassis Engine Tyres
2000 Lewis Hamilton CRG Parilla Bridgestone
2001 Carlo van Dam Gillard Parilla Bridgestone
2002 David Hemkemeyer Mach 1 KZH Bridgestone
2003 Bas Lammers Swiss Hutless Vortex Bridgestone
2004 Nick de Bruijn Gillard Parilla Bridgestone
2005 Marco Ardigò Tony Kart Vortex Bridgestone
2006 Marco Ardigò Tony Kart Vortex Bridgestone
2007 Marco Ardigò Tony Kart Vortex Bridgestone
2008 Marco Ardigò Tony Kart Vortex Bridgestone
2009 Aaro Vainio Maranello Maxter Bridgestone
2010
2011 Alexander Albon Intrepid TM Bridgestone
2012 Ben Barnicoat ART GP Parilla Vega
2013 Max Verstappen CRG TM Vega
2014 Callum Ilott Zanardi Parilla Bridgestone
2015 Ben Hanley Mad-Croc TM Vega
2016 Pedro Hiltbrand CRG Parilla Vega
2017 Sami Taoufik FA Kart Vortex LeCont
2018 Hannes Janker Kart Republic Parilla Bridgestone
2019 Lorenzo Travisanutto Kart Republic Parilla LeCont
World Champions since 2003
Year Driver Chassis Engine Tyres
2003 Wade Cunningham CRG Maxter Bridgestone
2004 Davide Forè Tony Kart Vortex Bridgestone
2005 Oliver Oakes Gillard Parilla Bridgestone
2006 Davide Forè Tony Kart Vortex Bridgestone
2007 Marco Ardigò Tony Kart Vortex Bridgestone
2008 Marco Ardigò Tony Kart Vortex Bridgestone
2009 Arnaud Kozlinski CRG Maxter Bridgestone
2010 Nyck de Vries Zanardi
2011 Nyck de Vries Zanardi
2012 Flavio Camponeschi Tony Kart Vortex
2013 Tom Joyner Zanardi Parilla
2014 Lando Norris FA Kart Vortex Bridgestone
2015 Karol Basz Kosmic Vortex
2016 Pedro Hiltbrand CRG Parilla
2017 Danny Keirle Zanardi Parilla LeCont
2018 Lorenzo Travisanutto Kart Republic Parilla Bridgestone
2019 Lorenzo Travisanutto Kart Republic Parilla LeCont

See also

References

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