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2013 CATERHAM CK-01 KART

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This Caterham CK-01 is an unused example of an exciting and collectable junior kart, built during the era of Caterham’s involvement in Formula One. It is powered by a 125cc IAME X30 motor producing 21hp, with a centrifugal clutch and digital ignition enabling ‘Touch-and-go’ usability.

The CK-01 was announced in 2013 and offered by Caterham to individuals who wanted to compete in a new affordable challenge series, predominantly aimed at 13-16 year olds who had perhaps not previously considered karting as an option. A full-size kart; it is suitable for young teenagers and adults alike.

It has just one owner from new and has never been driven on track. For the ‘Junior’ series that Caterham planned, the X30 engine was ‘detuned’ to 21hp, though it is understood this was done simply by placing an exhaust restrictor in the header. With this removed, it could be uprated to ‘Senior’ specification with an output of 30hp.

The kart presents today in excellent condition, with only some minor damage on the seat and radiator where they have been pushed together in storage - which is clearly pointed out in the media gallery. There are also some small marks to the underside where it has been manoeuvred in storage, as the kart sits so low to the ground.

The kart is key operated but will need a fresh battery to get it started up and running. It was built in-house by Caterham, with a stronger frame than many other racing karts, and using parts sourced from the likes of Wildkart. The tyres are very hard compound Bridgestone YDS items, which are again in used condition, with only storage movement wear.

This Caterham CK-01 is a superb junior and adult kart, which is presented in near-pristine condition, and which has never been used on track. While it represents a great opportunity to get behind the wheel and compete at a wide range of ‘Arrive and Drive’ events and series, this is also an intriguing piece of the marque’s history, and as such would also sit well among a collection of Caterham road cars or other lightweight specials.

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