Having belief in your own ideas and tenaciously pursuing your ambitions: This is the philosophy which has taken Vortex to such great successes. From its inauguration, Vortex has delivered the performance required in order to compete at the highest level and taste the success which comes hand in hand with victory. Since then the brand has grown, and now offers a premium range of karts racing engines.

Vortex forged its reputation within the motor-sport arena as a workshop for the preparation of race engines. During the 1990’s Vortex expanded its capabilities, and became a factory which was able to design, and manufacture engines which were capable of driving to race victories.

Activity first began during the seventies when Giovanni Corona put the wheels in motion by creating a two-stroke engine for motorcross use. During that period, Vortex now based in Pavia, began honing the performance of the two-stroke engine and laid the foundation for numerous victories and huge success within the motorcross scene. It was realised that the engines used in karting have important resemblances to the two-stroke engines used in motorcross. The key affinities were outlined by Corona who once said “… The engines used in motorcross and karting have very similar characteristics. In both applications it is vital to have a lot of power at low speeds…” In the early nineties, Mr. Corona led Vortex to karting, and before long they began to conquer the international karting scene. Working together with long time partners Tony Kart, Vortex gained many victories and enjoyed the taste of success. In 1995, Vortex took the big step up and became a fully fledged engine manufacturer. From their very first outing at the track, the Vortex built two-stroke engine stood out thanks to its refined design and exceptional manufacturing quality. These qualities have been the basis of Vortex products ever since.

During the latter nineties, Vortex Continued to grow, and within a few years Mr. Corona, together with his partners were able to invest in an avant-grade technological structure for the company, and additional personnel to bolster the highly qualified workforce. Devotion and commitment to the cause are second to none at Vortex.

Tony Kart Australia are the official importers and distributors of Vortex engines and accessories.

The Vortex RAD 125 engine is currently being used in KF3 in the CIK Stars of Karting Championship in Australia.
- Single cylinder2 stroke engine with reed-valve admission in the crankcase
- Displacement 125cc
- 39 hp (KF1), 37hp (KF2), 26hp (KF3) at 12,000 rpm
- Mixture lubricated
- Liquid cooled with internal water pump
- Digital ignition
- Electric start
- Balance shaft
- Monolith centrifugal dry clutch
- Bore-stroke 54x54mm
- Number of transfer duct – 5/3
- Max rpm electronically limited – 14,000 rpm (KF3)

Another Vortex engine currently being tested in Australia for the Midget & Rookie classes is the Vortex Mini ROK.

- Displacement – 60cc
- Electric start
- Air cooled
- Fuel pump
- Box type exhaust
- Dell’Orto carburettor – 14mm
- Centrifugal dry clutch
- Displacement – 60cc
- Electric start
- Air cooled
- Fuel pump
- Tuned Vortex exhaust pipe
- Dell’Orto carburettor – 18mm
- Centrifugal dry clutch

The great thing about the Vortex Mini ROK engine is that within 10 minutes you can simply and easily change your engine from Midgets to Rookies. All you will have to change will be the carburettor (from 14mm to 18mm) and the exhaust pipe (box type to tuned pipe)

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