New FK engines get first major outing

After three years, the second generation of KF engines have now been homologated and the Winter Cup was the first international competition of the year where Europe’s major factories and tuners were pitted against each other.

The weather conditions at Lonato weren’t conducive to showing a true picture of engine performance, and Vortex in particular struggled to match their reliability to their speed. However, as there isn’t long between the early season races, the factories won’t have a chance to do much development, so the next race, the first round of the WSK Euro Series at La Conca, could easily see a similar hierarchy.

As well as those mentioned below, VKR, Lenzo, Comer and FIM (Parolin) have also homologated KF engines but not enough of them have been on track yet.

BMB RDF

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The new BMB engine from Birel got off to a winning start

Only the factory Birel team used the new BMB engines at the Winter Cup, but performance was good with a 1-2 in Super KF for Libor Toman and Sauro Cesetti and 2nd place for Gerard Barrabeig in KF2. Carlo Boscolo is the head of the BMB division,

and Lilio Frizzi is now working for Birel Motorsport full time with KVS also tuning some of the factory engines.

The engine features a two-stage valve opening which is supposed to produce a lot of torque and more power at low revs and it is also very light at 11kg.

Andy Cox Racing is selling it, and full contact details are on their site via http://bit. ly/bcT5l7.

 

Maranello MK11

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Ben Hanley’s Maranello MK11

The other new engine make, Maranello, was also only used by their factory team and Ben Hanley was easily on the pace in Super KF. It is based on a Maxter but with a Maranello- designed cylinder and the accessories like the starter-motor are more streamlined.

The MK11 can be ordered from Maranello Kart Ltd (http://bit.ly/9Q9XnY) and they have spares in stock.

 

 

BMB RDF

Only the factory Birel team used the new BMB engines at the Winter Cup, but performance was good with a 1-2 in Super KF for Libor Toman and Sauro Cesetti and 2nd place for Gerard Barrabeig in KF2. Carlo Boscolo is the head of the BMB division,

and Lilio Frizzi is now working for Birel Motorsport full time with KVS also tuning some of the factory engines.

The engine features a two-stage valve opening which is supposed to produce a lot of torque and more power at low revs and it is also very light at 11kg.

Andy Cox Racing is selling it, and full contact details are on their site via http://bit. ly/bcT5l7.

Maxter XF

The new Maxter is reliable and the team believed they would have won at Lonato
had it not been for the adverse weather conditions and the delays to the Finals. Davide Fore took pole and Arnaud Kozlinski was at the front of the Final but his chassis didn’t work well enough in the cold conditions. The XF is 20% lighter than the previous version.

UK importer Bob Astill of Maxter UK Ltd (http://bit.ly/doQffz) is very optimistic as it’s fast in standard form, and says that the cooling system is very efficient which bodes well for the summer.

 

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Vortex’s RAD with extra protection from the cold

Vortex RAD

The new Vortex is an evolution of the RAV from the previous homologation and was in the lead of the Super KF Pre-Final in the hands of Gary Catt until it failed. The RAD was used by the Tonykart, Kosmic and FA Kart teams.

Strawberry Racing (http://bit.ly/cjI9cP) are the Vortex importers.

 

Parilla Reedster 2

The Parilla was reliable but not particularly fast overall, although Nyck De Vries was second fastest in the floodlit Super KF Final at Lonato while coming through from the back. Jake Dennis was fairly satisfied in KF3 with 5th.

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Parilla Reedster 2 as used by Oliver Rowland

SWRD (http://bit.ly/9fAw39) and JM Racing (http://bit.ly/aVLPXd) import the IAME range into the UK.

Report: Mary-Ann Horley Photos: Chris Walker