Ayrton Senna’s final go-kart sells for $65,000 in auction


One lucky motorsport enthusiast has got his or her hands on a piece of racing history after winning the auction for the final go-kart in the illustrious career of racing legend Ayrton Senna.

Senna is widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of motor racing, winning three F1 world championship and enjoying an incredible career that was tragically cut short at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix when a crash left him with fatal injuries.

Earlier this week, auction house Bonhams put up a very unique lot: the last ever go-kart Senna used in his junior career. The Brazilian raced in the DAP kart at the 1981 world championship race in Parma, Italy, which would prove to be his last as his focus switched to single seaters and the British Formula Ford series.

“The kart was new and prepared to Senna’s preferences before the Parma race, and immediately after was purchased by the present owner from de Angelo Parilla (of DAP) on 20th September 1981,” the listing read. “Harm Schuurmann, competing with Senna at the time in the same team and a longtime friend of the current owner, was present at the deal.

“The kart was purchased without the engine. However, an identical engine as used by Senna has been installed. Presented in ‘as new’ condition, having been used for a maximum of two hours since, it represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a piece of the Ayrton Senna legend.”

The kart was expected to sell for somewhere between £18,000 and £21,000 ($27,000-$32,000), but eventually went for double that figure, with a final winning bid of £42,969 – or $65,514.

Senna would go on to make his F1 debut in 1984 for Toleman before going on to win the world championship with McLaren in 1988, 1990 and 1991.

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”