A common question we’re asked at SM Motorsports is if Go-Karts and ATVs are the same, or which would win in a race. The short answer is that when you compare Go-Karts to ATVs, they are not the same and there’s some pretty significant differences.
While various types of Go-Karts could easily be mistaken for ATVs (off-road go-karts, dune buggies, sand rails, etc.), Go-Karts are their own unique brand of motorsport vehicle. If you’re in the market to buy a Go-Kart, or to buy an ATV, the following guide will help you understand the difference between the two.