Karting guru Steve Tillett (the man behind the famous kart seats) has dropped a bombshell on the karting community by announcing the intentions of the CIK to introduce headrests to kart seats!
And despite the fact that Steve stands to make a fortune from such a regulation he has stood firmly against the proposals and made his voice heard on the karting forum
This is what the new seat proposals will probably look like –
Steve says on the forum:
‘The FIA safety committee wants us to use a headrest on all karts, partly for whiplash but mostly for rollover protection.
After the big heavy plastic back bumpers that fall off cost a fortune and are flexible in hot weather and stiff in the cold, their next mission is to introduce headrests on all kart seats.’
‘I am trying to stop it but unless there is outcry from the masses you can see it happening. There were not many kart racers on the FIA safety committee (Myself and Russell Anderson)and some of the people that are there seem to have a need to justify their jobs by coming up with new ways to inconvenience us.’
I think it is fair to say that the karting community is sick to death of ruling bodies trying to turn karting from the rawest form of motorsports into bumper cars, and I’d say headrests is just taking the mickey! Rear plastics was a step too far already but now the CIK seems to be pushing it’s luck, so perhaps it’s time the CIK faced a flood of protests.
If we don’t put a stop to this now I think we can reasonably expect seatbelts, rollover cages, suspension and differentials to be made mandatory on karts!
So if you don’t want karting to be turned into a health and safety man’s wet dream then please make your voice heard here, and we will forward your words to the CIK. Also you can send an email to the CIK at [email protected]