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Hi Guys/Girls,

My father just bought a Miata to autocross and I would love to get into karting to improve my driving skills since I don't have the money to buy a car. I have several questions I would love to have answered, so I am reaching out to you guys in hopes of some advice.

1) can anyone explain the differences between the Briggs racing engines? I understand they are for different classes, but basically why the animal, the local 206, and the mseries?

2) I have been researching everything I can find about karting (hard to find much). I have heard some people say its cheaper to buy a used complete kart then to build one's own. Thoughts? I feel that half the fun would be slowly (due to my budget) buying chassis, engine, etc.. and building my own kart.

3) If i built my own kart and as I became a better drive as long as I get a good chasis could I upgrade to race? Or would I get smoked by the complete kart packages out there?

4) Can anyone help me find a place to start looking for a decent Chassis? How much should I look to spend? I couldn't find any reviews/guides on chassis and what to look for whats modern etc. I would love to get a relatively up to date chassis perhaps clean it up with some new paint and start building. Just can't find where to start (ebay doesn't have many chassis for sale).

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1 - There are different classes and types of racing but I can give you a general run-down with my ultimate advice being to find a track near you to learn about what classes they do actually offer.  The SCCA, for example allows multiple Briggs engines to be used, from the Raptor to the World Formula.
    To keep this specific to karting the Animal is used from Junior age groups to Limit modified classes.  This base engine is typically 'built' to a specific class and sanctioning body rule set.  The 206 platform is an out of the box, sealed engine that is ran in 'Junior 206' at a Kids kart age (typically 5-7) that can have the power changed by multiple carburetor slides we offer to allow a racer to go from the start of their career to adult with the same, out of the box engine.  The M-series is not a karting engine.  It has a splined crankshaft intended for a gear box and used in Quarter Midgets.  The World Formula is typically broken into 2 classes, a junior (restricted or change of cam) and adult.
    With that said I would recommend finding tracks in your area or the program you are looking to run to see what engines and classes they offer.  From there you can narrow down your research.  
2.  I would recommend buying used to start off.  It's a great, cost effective way to get your 'feet' wet and used karts tend to hold their value once the initial depreciation happens.  Again, you can find equipment for sale AND find out what chassis is typically used.  My advice would be to find a common chassis that is competitively used in the program you want to be involved with.  That way you can ask others for setup help and you ultimately have resale value when you are ready to move to another kart.  If you by an odd kart you lose that support system and will have a hard time selling it.
3.  Again, finding a used chassis in good shape is a much easier route to go.  Just make sure the chassis is sound, isn't too old (aka. It is with the latest adjustability and the frame itself has not lost it's ability to flex and recover, etc.).  At our local track a USED chassis typically is just as fast if not faster.
4.  It starts at the track to find out what others are racing.  Karts all have sutle differences that make them work better at certain tracks, engines, and tires.  A Good used setup can be anywhere from $1,000-1,700 with spare parts.  It just depends on your willingness to hunt for the best deal.

Best of luck on this.  
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