What is a Motorkhana?
Motorkhanas are motor sport events designed to test the acceleration, braking and handling of cars and the
skill and judgment of drivers. Most importantly, motorkhanas provide fun and enjoyment whilst practising and
learning car control. Oversteer and understeer will be found in abundance, but at safe speeds under
The word Motorkhana seems unique to Australia and New Zealand, but similar events are known as Autotest
in the U.K., Autocross or Solo in the U.S., and may be known as Autokhana or Gymkhana elsewhere.
A day's event consists of a number of tests, generally selected from pre-determined layouts. The surface may be sealed (bitumen), or unsealed (grass or dirt). Cars compete one at a time, always starting and finishing in designated "garages". Markers are witches hats or stakes with coloured flags atop, and time penalties are incurred if the markers are hit, or if an incorrect method is used.
Types of Cars
Both everyday road cars and purpose-built "Specials" can be used in motorkhanas. At most events, classes cater for varying types and sizes of vehicles. Cars must comply with basic safety requirements, but no special equipment is required. Obviously, steering, tyres and braking must be in safe condition, and the vehicle should be reliable.