About IAME

Technology - History - The Drivers - Mission - Sir Bruno Grana - The engines

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With IAME, history meets technology. All the experience achieved in more than 50 years of production is wisely managed by advanced and last generation machineries.

Every unit is managed through sophisticated computers: from the idea of the engine in the designers' mind, to its delivery throughout the world.

Technical unit, Research & Development, Quality Control, Production, Race Department, Logistic, all the production units are in constant interaction and, together with the most qualified technicians, and three-dimensional software and structural calculation, inertial test benches, CNC lathes, endoscopies, durometers, microscopes up to 1000 magnifications, they give life to the IAME engines: Parilla, Komet, BM and Sirio, products of unquestioned Made In Italy quality.

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IAME is the world leading Company in Karting engine production, both for professional and hobby drivers.

The history, the numbers and 45 world titles confirm it. Nowadays the Company produces over 6 thousand engines per year, with a potential productive capability of 9 thousand units. 55 employees, more than 30 engine variations and almost 50 years of history.

In 1958 the first go-kart was built in the USA. Bruno Grana in those years was working for Moto Parilla and when he saw the go-kart, he suddenly fell in love, immediately understanding its potential.

In 1959 Grana convinced Parilla to join this new market and enter the history of Karting. Some years later, together with his colleague and friend Cesare Bossaglia, he established Komet, a Company expressly dedicated to the Karting world.

1968 was the decisive year, Parilla and Komet joined together into IAME, "Italian American Motor Engineering" which name comes from the close relation with the United States.

With the acquisition of  the brands BM and Sirio, Bruno Grana put the basis of what is still today the asset of a worldwide known Company

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Out of the drivers who made the history of Motorsport, most started with Karting and many have chosen IAME racing engines.

Among them, there are not only the drivers who then became Formula One Stars as Fernando Alonso, but also those who have chosen and achieved to write the history of Karting, as Mike Wilson. There have been many drivers who were successful in their karting careers with IAME.

These are only a few, among the many, who have contributed to help IAME gain many titles and 45 world titles,

Daniel Ricciardo (Aust)
Fernando Alonso
Kimi Raikkonen
Lewis Hamilton
Nico Rosberg
Jarno Trulli
Michael Schumacher
David Coulthard
Ruebens Barrachello
Alain Prost
Karl Wendlinger
Riccardo Patrese
Mike Wilson
Alex Zanardi
Giorgio Pantano
Corrado Fabi
Nick De Bruijn
Johnny Cecotto
Emanuele Pirro
Terry Fullerton
Jan Magnussen
Christophe Vassort
Jaques Villenueve
  and more...


Since its birth, the imprint that Sir Bruno Grana, the historical founder, wanted to give to IAME's DNA, was the production of high quality, long lifetime, affordable and manageable engines.

This Mission is today carried on with the same passion and dedication of the past, constantly keeping direct control on the projects, the productive processes and the sales.

IAME is dynamic and flexible: primary characteristics for a Company wishing to give a careful service and a constant up to date product.


Bruno Grana was the IAME founder, historic CEO and President. He was one of the very first persons to be interested in Karting.

In the early 60s, while working at Moto Parilla, he saw a new product having success in the USA and immediately understood its potential: the Go-Kart.

He then convinced Giovanni Parilla to join the market and produce the very first specific Karting engines, dedicated in the beginning to North American market and lately to a worldwide distribution. This adventure lead him to establish Komet and right after to acquire the Parilla trademark. From the join of the two brands, in 1968, he gave life to what is still today considered to be the worldwide leader in Karting engines production: IAME.

He honourably lead it until 2005. The International Final that gathers drivers from all the X30 Championships of different countries is, in his honour, named "Bruno Grana International Trophy".


The IAME production started in the late 60s with the first Karting engines, characterized by the rotary valve admission system and forced air cooling system with a fan directly mounted on the crankshaft.

In the 70s and 80s the evolution concerns the introduction of the free air cooling system and in the sequent decade life is given to the engines dedicated to international racing categories.

In the early 90s the reed valve admission system is introduced and with the coming of the new century the water cooled engines are being brought to the market, together with digital timing systems with variable timing curve and rpm limiter.