Six months ago, the 1981 DAP Kart of Ayrton Senna went under the hammer for auction. It was sold for $63,000 (around 2.9 million pesos) and underwent an extensive restoration.
After six months, the 1981 DAP kart restoration is now complete after the United Autosports team brought it back to life. Rather than making it a static museum piece, Senna’s kart is out on the racetrack yet again in the Lydd Circuit in England. The kart was restored to factory settings with each part being as period correct as possible.
Apart from being driven Senna himself, this particular DAP kart is special because it was specifically built to suit the F1 legend’s driving style. The kart also gave Senna the 1981 Karting World Championship right before he moved to the Formula Ford 1600 series.
United Autosports co-owner Richard Dean then took it for a spin around the Lydd Circuit. On the restoration of the kart, Dean said “We did some restoration work on the kart as it hadn’t been run for quite a time. The engine was stripped and all the brakes serviced etc. We kept the original working parts and only replaced things like seals and bearings. This really is a piece of history and it sits proudly in the reception of United Autosports’ race shop in Leeds. Zak insists all of the cars in his historic collection are in working order and can run on track at any time.”
It’s safe to say Ayrton Senna’s kart will be enjoying a lot more time on the track for many years to come.