The newly launched Rotax Evo engine will not competitively race in the UK next season, according to the Association of British kart Clubs. The powerplant, which was unveiled at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Valencia, features
upgrades including a new carburettor, electronic box and exhaust system (see Rotax Max Big Questions, p18).
The ABkC has said it would prefer to wait until testing against the present engine has taken place on track before any recommendation to drivers is made, but is aware that enhancements to product lines could benefit racers.
“At this late stage of announcement we would not see any Evo options in MSA racing for 2015 that are performance enhancing,” said ABkC secretary Graham Smith, “unless for evaluation purposes, and will work closely with the MSA to determine the best way forward for the competitor. The regulations will remain as per the 2015 Kart Race Yearbook as
published and the homologation fiche. We remain committed to supporting the UK drivers and watch with a keen interest to determine results from track testing.”