Normally, a go-kart is around 6.5 feet in length and 4.5 to 5.5 feet in width. However, the height is about 2 to 3 feet, this is the typical dimension. The wheelbase depending on the type of track is normally around 40 to 48 inches minimum. Whereas the center of gravity is in the center point between the wheelbase.

This is the usual dimension of the go-kart. Now, whether you can ride on one depends on the size and requirement. To know more about the size of the go-kart, let’s get started. 

Key Takeaways

What is the Dimension of a Go-Kart?

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Although go-kart size depends largely on the brand and the specific racing track, there is an average range. A go-kart is normally around 6.5 feet in length and 4.5 to 5.5 feet in width. The front width can be 4.5 feet whereas the back width can be 5.5 feet. 

However, this number will vary a lot but this is just the ballpark range. Let’s check the table below for the go-kart size based on the engine displacement size. 

Engine Displacement TypeGo-Kart Dimension
50 – 90cc4.5 feet [Length]2.67 feet [Width]3.225 [Height] 
110 – 125cc4.5 – 6.25 feet [Length]2.67 – 4.3 feet [Width]3.225 – 4.265 [Height] 
125 – 160cc6.25 feet – 7.8 feet [Length] 4.3 feet – 4.92 feet [Width]4.265 – 4.75 feet [Height]

So, the table shows that based on engine displacement, the go-kart dimension varies a lot. However, there are other factors you need to consider. 


The wheelbase of the go-kart depends on the specific type of go-kart track. For sprint kart, the minimum wheelbase is 40 inches or 3.33 feet. But for induro racing, the wheelbase is about 48 inches or 4 feet. 

A general rule of thumb is that the tighter the track, the shorter its wheelbase. 

Centre of Gravity:

In a go-kart, the center of gravity must be in the center point between the wheelbase. In other words, if the wheelbase is 50 inches, then the center of gravity will be in the middle. This means from the front wheel the center of gravity is at 25 inches distance.  

However, you can also calculate the center of gravity on your own. 


Typically the chassis of a go-kart will be 78 inches or 6.5 feet long. Its width will be 52 inches or 4.33 feet. The height will be 25 inches or 2.08 feet. 

However, this is normally the case for chassis in the sprint and oval races. But for the enduro race, the chassis will be slightly longer. 

The diameter of the chassis tubing is normally around 30 and 32 mm but for enduro racing this gets to 34 mm. However, make sure you can identify the go-kart chassis properly. 

Can You Carry a Go Kart in Your SUV?

Yes, you can carry a go-kart in your SUV, trailer, or RV. However, you need to disassemble the go-kart and make it more compatible to put it in the SUV.

Following are the steps for disassembling the go-kart.

Step 1: Grab a 10mm socket and loosen the bolts to remove the tire.

Step 2: Detach the side pods with a 13mm socket.

Step 3: Get the 13mm socket and remove the back bumper by loosening the 10mm nuts on each side.

Step 4: Release the clips and adjust the locking mechanism to remove the front bumper.

Step 5: After removing both the front and back bumper, your go-kart should be compatible to be carried around. 

For a video demonstration check this video

How to Choose the Right Go-Kart?

You should choose the right go-kart frame/chassis based on your age, engine type, and type of karting. In sprint and oval races, Senior go-karts generally use 30 mm or 32 mm tubing. It comes with a standardized dimension of 78″ in length, 25″ in height, and 52″ in width. 

In sprint racing, normally you should go for straight chassis. However, the tubing size should be confined to 30 and 32mm.

In oval racing, chassis tubing size also varies among racing classes. It is recommended to choose larger measurements for rigidity and resistance to high g-forces in oval racing. Some people use a mix of tubing with 30mm on the right and 32mm on the left. 

In enduro racing, a longer and more thicker chassis is required. Typically, 32 mm or 34 mm moly tubing is used for durability. 

However, kid karts use 26 mm tubing, Cadet karts upgrade to 28 mm, and Junior karts opt for 28 mm or 30 mm tubing.  

If you are into vintage go-karts, then make sure you know how to identify them. After that, you can check the dimension. 

Can You Fit in All Go-Kart?

Yes, normally you can fit easily in a go-kart. However, chassis tubing diameter can be an important factor.

The good news is that most go-karts are designed to accommodate a wide range of individuals. Adjustable seats and pedals ensure that most people can comfortably fit in them. However, in some cases, weight and height limits exist.

If you are over 300 lbs or 136 kg then you won’t be able to drive most rental go-karts. In professional championships such as the IAME, the weight limit is 190 – 200 lbs (86 – 90 kg). 

For taller individuals, most rental karts are adjustable and can accommodate varying heights. However, some tracks may have maximum height limits, usually ranging from 6’4″ to 6’7″ (193-200cm), and it’s advisable to check with the specific race track for any such restrictions.

So, whether you are searching for a go-track in New York or Minnesota, give it a shot. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What are the Differences Between 30 and 32 mm Kart?

30 and 32 mm are the diameters of the tubing in the go-kart chassis. A 32 mm tubing means that the chassis has thicker tubing and is relatively stiffer.

What is the Average Go-Kart Wheel Size?

In general, go-kart tires range in height from 10 to 12 inches, and in width from 4 to 9 inches. Correspondingly, wheel rims commonly measure around 4 to 6 inches in diameter.

Can I Modify the Go-Kart Chassis to Change the Dimensions?

Yes, you can modify the go-kart chassis to change the dimensions. But the chassis height should not exceed 65 cm from the ground (excluding the seat). The wheelbase, measuring from the farthest component at the back to the farthest component at the front, should be between 101 cm and 107 cm. This is to allow for a 6 cm leeway. 


In summary, delving into the dimensions of a go-kart is essential for a fulfilling and safe racing experience. Karting enthusiasts gain valuable insights by analyzing size, weight, and design factors. Explore and understand go-kart dimensions, then embark on an exciting journey to conquer the tracks!

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