I have read that UK Superkarts are quick on a full road track but I only saw them live this weekend and yes, VERY quick.
A superkart is basicaly a normal kart with a full nose cone, side pods and a small rear wing. They have either a 250c two stroke twin or 450cc four stroke single and 90 bhp or so.
The trick is they only weigh 200kg including driver and a less then half the width and height of a typical track sports car. The CG without driver must be no more than 200mm off the track instead of about 400mm on a normal car.
On the 3 mile Snetterton circuit thy are under 5 seconds slower than an F3 car and quicker than most other cars there.That is due to having a 450bhp/ton loaded power to weight ratio and about one quarter the frontal area.
By contrast an F3 car had 200 bhp and weighed 565kg with driver for about 350bhp/ton.
It would be easy to add another engine for about 25kg and with a solid axle synchronisng is not an issue: twin engined kart are nothing new.
That would give 180 bhp and around 800 bhp/ton.
Now the usual rules of power vs lap time would suggest such a kart would be as quick as the F3 car BUT would that really be true? Is it possible to scale up a kart's power while keeping it the same size and gain so much lap speed?