Just heard that California is banning the sale (not use) of small off road engines (SORE) effectively ~2024. It sounds like the primary focus is for lawn equipment, but isn’t clear to me if kart engines would be included or not. Thoughts?
It also seems like the state board has until July 2022 to provide more scope on the actual regulations, but it would have a big impact to karting companies operating in the state.
“The ban covers all engines that produce less than 25 gross horsepower, including lawn mowers, weed trimmers, chain saws, golf carts, specialty vehicles, generators and pumps. It does not apply to on-road motor vehicles, off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, model airplanes, or cars.”
“Should the sales of gas generators be phased out by 2024, those who wish to continue generating power with an ICE have a couple of options. Used generators will still be able to operate and the bill also excludes diesel-powered generators.”
I live in Norcal and haven’t heard anything from local people saying that this ban applies to kart engines of any type. So if this does apply to karts, no one here seems to be aware of it. Considering some people who live in the area (Swedetech, Leading Edge Motorsports, GFC Racing) I’ve gotta think/hope that’s a good sign that it doesn’t apply.