The UK-based specialty automaker Caterham has made an important announcement today as they plan on developing their own karting championship for youngsters between the ages of 13 and 16. If all goes according to plan, the series will commence sometime next year and up to 120 novice drivers will be able to participate if their parents have the necessary funds. Speaking of money, Caterham says it will cost 4,995 pounds + VAT. For the money customers will receive the CK-01 kart, paddock trolley, help for obtaining the ARKS race license, as well as entry to the six-event season with technical support included in the package as well.
Caterham says that each of the six racing events will be held on a single day on various tracks in the United Kingdom. It will include practice and qualifying sessions, along with point-scoring races – just like in a proper motorsport championship.
The pictured CK-01 kart is being showcased until Sunday at the company’s stand at AutoSport International hosted in Birmingham at NEC. Judging by the photos, the kart has an IAME X30 125cc TAG engine generating 30 hp (22 kW) and comes with compound Bridgestone YDS tires.
More details about Caterham’s kart championship will be revealed later on this year.