After what has been a very long and very exhaustive process, the MSA have finally announced that the IAME Gazelle air-cooled 60cc will be the new British Cadet Karting Championship engine. A position which the Comer w60 (previously the S60) had held for around two decades. However the MSA do plan to sanction a National Comer Championship in recognition of the large numbers of Comer engines still on the market, as well as continuing to support it at club level.
The engine will not be sealed and the MSA is considering having a pool system for the championship similar to that of the U18 World Karting Championship & Rotax World Finals.
“We are also excited that the excellent manufacturing tolerances in the IAME engine will allow unsealed engines that will encourage competitors to look after their own units rather than having to use designated engine tuners.”
MSA Chief Executive, Colin Hilton, said: “The MSA’s objectives in this process were to deduce the best engine package for the British Cadet class to ensure its on-going health and success. It was a very difficult decision to leave the Comer engine that has served the sport so well for the past 20 years and we will always be indebted to Martin Hines and Zip Kart for creating the class in the first instance, but the panel felt that it was time to begin a new era of cadet karting.
He continued “The IAME engine is an exciting step forward and we were impressed by both their technical and sporting proposals. We are also excited that the excellent manufacturing tolerances in the IAME engine will allow unsealed engines that will encourage competitors to look after their own units rather than having to use designated engine tuners. Not only does this potentially reduce costs but it also promotes the engineering element that many competitors enjoy. We look forward to working closely with IAME in the coming months to ensure that the introduction of the new engine is as seamless as possible.”
IAME Technical Director, Andrea Bossaglia, added: “IAME are delighted that the MSA have chosen our Parilla Gazelle 60cc UK to be the next generation Cadet engine for the UK. We are really looking forward to taking the MSA British Championship and club Cadet racing into a new era that builds on their current success, and we have several initiatives to support the class and the transition. We would like to thank the MSA for undertaking what was a very rigorous selection process.”
From MSA Press Release
IAME Parilla Gazelle 60cc UK air-cooled engine Q&A
When will the new units be available to buy?
Competitors and teams will be able to purchase the new engine from 1 October 2012.
What will the new engine cost?
For 2012/2013 the engine and carburettor package cost is fixed at £846 plus VAT.
How long does the contract run for?
The new contract is for an initial five-year period, with the MSA having the option of granting a two-year extension.
Will the units be sealed?
No, although the MSA is considering pooled engines for championships.
Who will supply the engines?
The engines will be supplied by IAME via their appointed UK dealers.
What will happen to the existing Comer W60 engines?
The MSA intends to sanction a National Comer Cadet Championship until the end of 2015 to ensure that the Comer engines are not made obsolete by the new IAME unit, and the Comer W60 will also remain eligible for club karting. However, from 1 January 2013 all existing Cadet engines, including Honda WTPs and Comers, will have their performance restricted to a level that does not exceed the new IAME engine.
Which championship will run the IAME engine?
The IAME engine has been selected for the MSA British Cadet Kart Championship, but club championships can also choose to use this engine.
Who will promote the MSA British Cadet Kart Championship when it switches to the IAME engine?
The MSA will launch a tender process for a new contract to promote the MSA British Cadet Kart Championship, running from 1 January 2013 to coincide with the introduction of the new engine.