It was 2004 when Tony Kart, the flagship brand of the OTK Kart Group manufacturer, launched the Racer model on the market. Probably not even the owner and founder of the company, Roberto Robazzi, at that time, could imagine that the Racer would become for Tony Kart what, in the automotive field, the 911 model represents for Porsche. But this is what happened, because a continuous development began with the Racer, through various versions during the various successive approvals, which led to winning 9 world titles, 3 of which in the last two years (in the OK class in 2020 and 2021, in the KZ class in 2021). The Racer thus became a real reference point not only in the Tony Kart range, but in the whole karting scene in which it succeeded in affirming itself also thanks to the basic philosophy that is at the base of every manufactured product: "Designed, Engineered , Manufactured 100% made in OTK". The concepts of automation and standardisation of production were introduced for the first time with the Racer, combined with levels and methods of quality control never seen before in the karting sector.
To tell the truth, the OTK Kart Group started on the path of production automation well before the development of the Racer, in other words in 1997, the year in which it introduced robotic welding for chassis. To this production approach the creation of a department dedicated to quality control (which focuses not only on the finished product, but on all the components in the various production phases, right from their raw state) was added and the introduction in the company of a research and development centre.