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JAG Engineering have launched a Buy-Back scheme for any Max owner who is looking to upgrade to a new engine.

Any Rotax Max engine that is in working order and has a JAG seal will a?ract a trade in value of £550 for Seniors and £525 for Juniors.

The scheme is available through the Rotax Approved Service Centre network. Who will then overhaul the traded in engine to reintroduce it to the market for newcomers or Club racers. These rebuilt engines that will carry a full warranty as usual on all the new parts fi?ed.

There are so many perfectly good engines out there in use today that have never been apart, this
is a real opportunity for existing customers to upgrade their equipment at a really good price. Effectively a brand new engine for li?le more than a major rebuild. Equally the new engine and accessories will be covered by the Rotax Warranty Scheme as usual.

This offer is open to both existing “Pre-EVO” engines and the new EVO which is fully anticipated to be introduced here in the UK next January. The trade in deal will not affect the introductory price on EVO upgrade kits. The trade in is for engines complete with all their accessories. If you wish to keep any of these, such as a favourite Carb or Exhaust then you have can remove the new item from the accessory box or pay for it.

Although the EVO is due to come to UK racing next year there are no plans to obsolete any of the existing spec. In other words it will be perfectly legal to race “Pre-EVO” in the same classes as the new EVO Junior and Senior. Minimax engines won’t change specification to EVO in the UK for the foreseeable future. Our Minimax class and specification differs from the BRP-Rotax version. We do not wish to affect the stability of this excellent class as the first step out of Cadets.

In future it will be possible to introduce replacement accessories as the old type cease production, the exhaust system for example. At present the existing pipe is still in production, the new EVO pipe has a different construction. Initial tests confirm that there is li?le or no difference between new and old in terms of performance. However the new type with dismountable silencer is certainly easier to scrutineer. It’s an example of how a staged introduction of some components could benefit the Rotax classes without end user cost penalties.

Karting was late to be affected by the economic downturn and to be truthful the sport has been slow to recover. The good news is that taking Independent Kart Racing events into account the sport is

in be?er health than ever. Strong grids in the Rotax classes and very good numbers in Cadets can only be good news for the future. I know some Clubs are using their IKR as a first step to MSA racing..