Tony Kart

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Tony Kart is an Italian company (a brand of OTK Kart Group), that produces racing kart chassis. It was founded in 1958 by Antonio "Tony" Bosio. It is based in Prevalle near Brescia in northern Italy.

Tony Kart chassis have been used to win several races and championships both nationally and internationally. Its drivers have included Formula One stars such as Michael Schumacher and Jarno Trulli. Tony Kart's product lines include the Kosmic Kart chassis as well as Exprit, RedSpeed, Trulli (few years ago) and Alonso (FA Kart) chassis. Vortex Engines company is part of the OTK Kart Group line products.

JM Racing of Carson, California introduced the brand in the USA with drivers Alex Barron, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Danica Patrick, Keith Williamson, Scott Speed and Phil Giebler. After a long stint with distributor CompCor in the United States, Tony Kart established its own dealer network, employing well-known drivers such as Keith Spicer, David Jurca and Jason Bowles.

Adding to the list of glories celebrated by the Tony Kart corporation, their famous nephew, Tony Mankini, is now flying the Italian flag in London and representing the brand in various karting arenas round the UK. Mankini is known for driving in 'The Mankini Speciale' kart which he designed himself in his grandfathers shed in Naples. In the last 3 years 4 UK karting titles are 'claimed' to have been won by Mankini however there are no official records of this and it is rumoured that the family mafia links have helped to procure them.

Tony Kart won the 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2006 karting World Championships with driver Davide Fore as well as the 2007 and 2008 titles with Marco Ardigò. With Flavio Camponeschi Tony Kart karts won the CIK-FIA World Championship also in 2012, as well as in 2014, again with Marco Ardigò.

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