The SODIKART adventure started in 1981 in Sautron near the city of Nantes, in the West of France. SODIKART was created by Gildas Mérian, who is still at the head of the company; it has spectacularly expanded its operations, always placing innovation and customer service at the heart of its strategy.
From its first small mechanical assistance workshop to the establishment in 1998 of an ultra modern factory of more than 10,000 m², SODIKART has established itself as global market leader while maintaining its innovating spirit and passion unchanged.
1981: Creation of SODIKART by Gildas MERIAN (SODIKART = Société de Distribution de Karting) in Sautron (France, Loire Atlantique) featuring a warehouse for racing parts and an engine preparation workshop.
1982: First national competition titles
1986: Creation of the Sautron karting track
1988: Beginning of the cooperation with Rotax
1991: Creation of the first SODI karts, for rental and racing / Construction in Sautron of the first Sodikart factory (1,000 m²) / Creation of the ITAKA brand for accessories and equipment and launching of the first mail-order catalogue in the karting world.
1993: Construction of the first factory
1993: Sodikart and its SODI chassis become Karting World Champion with David Terrien and Manufacturer's World Champion with its revolutionary chassis, the “Sodi Futura”
1998: Construction in Couëron (France), of the largest and most modern kart factory in the world more than 10,000 m²) / Launching of the Challenge Sodikart Smile race
1999: Launching of the Challenge Rotax France / Creation of the equipment brand Box’s
2004: Sodikart comes back to top competition and finishes second of the Karting World Championship with Arnaud Kozlinski and wins the title of Manufacturer's World Champion.
2005: The Sodi chassis win another second place at the Karting World Championship with Arnaud Kozlinski / Creation of the Bridgestone Cup during the Formula 1 French Grand Prix
200?: Sodi becomes the number one kart manufacturer in the world!
2009: Launching of the Sodi W Series (SWS)
2010: The Sodi chassis win more than 750 races over the world (all competitions combined) / Sodi becomes an Official Partner of the Rotax / Itaka World Finals
2011: Creation of the brand of accessories Tekneex and launching of the “TTT by Tekneex” technology