Australia's largest go-karting raceway, Kingston Park Raceway in Queensland, recently set a new record - a fleet of 60 Honda-powered karts provided 8,239 rides over the week for cumulative coverage of an amazing 31,566 kilometres.
Honda's advanced four-stroke GX200 engines delivered the power necessary for the go-karts to keep going all day long, sometimes up to ten hours, and helped Kingston Park break their ride volume record during July school holidays.
Former motor racing driver and founder of Kingston Park Raceway, Terry Skene, chose Honda engines to power his go-karts five years ago and he hasn't looked back since.
Based in Logan City just south of Brisbane, Terry and his team have over 100 karts and three tracks on offer at the facility. Their racing tracks cater for everyone - from families with children aged five and over, through to adults looking for the adrenalin-fuelled experience of an international standard racing circuit.
According to Terry, Honda has given Kingston Park Raceway the leading edge in performance, which brings customers back time and time again.
"The Honda GX200 gives our go-karts maximum power, fuel efficiency and reliability and this allows us to run them for much longer and faster on the track," Terry said.
"We have used other engine brands in the past, but we have found that Honda engines are a lot more responsive, provide more torque, pull out of corners easier, have a wider power band and have a better transition time between low to high revolutions."
The Honda GX200 is a 4-stroke OHV engine designed for increased efficiency and optimal power transfer, while the cast iron cylinder sleeve technology adds to its proven reliability. For a small 200cc engine, it delivers strong power plus they have added a larger 9 litre fuel tank which allows drivers to clock 320 kilometres in four hours before refueling.
To further aid performance, Terry and the team performed some minor modifications to the Honda GX200 engine, and have added heavy duty valve springs and a carburetor jet to increase power.
"Even though we understand that these tweaks compromise the warranty, the Honda engine just delivers without any issues. It has a lot of punch and we're reaping the rewards of its proven performance with day in - day out reliability, as well as cost savings," Terry said.
"Our success relies on having high performance equipment that can take punishment, as go-kart engines have to operate at high revs most of the time. There is very little idling about for us."
Terry said Honda equipment, and in particular the GX200, has shown that it's up for the challenge.
"The maintenance on the engines is very minimal. All they need is a quick service and oil change on a weekly basis," he said.
"Not having to constantly rebuild and fix the engines saves both time and money."
Kingston Park Raceway is looking to add to its weekly record by aiming to achieve 8,500 rides in a week by Christmas.
For further information regarding Honda's four-stroke engine range please contact your local Honda dealer or visit www.honda.com.au