TaG USA announced the introduction of classes that appear to be based on OK engines…
Sounds cool but you need drivers on board with this kind of racing. Hard to do when culturally it’s a very different game now.
Also that third engines on the pics is an IAME Codasur 175cc. Wonder if its a mistake or they have plans?
Wait there’s a 175 direct drive?
Edit… yes there’s is. 24mm carb though
Bet that would wake up with twin 24mm carbs and alky!
Yeah it’s built for the South American market. For whatever reason they have their heads screwed on.
Serious question that might be dumb, what orgs follow TAGUSA rules?
F Series refer to them at least. ICP cup in the north west. Individual tracks here and there.
As to where this OK thing goes, I have no idea. I think it’s going to need to offer something other than lining up with a CIK class to catch on. Personally I love direct drive, but the masses really do not.
If it makes nabbing a good on an OK easier, I’m down
It requires an extensive effect to pull off really. OK as a ‘product’ largely survives on its prestige status due to CIK competition. The actual product’s survival, while important, is completely at the whim of the governing body. KF was there, then it wasn’t, No one carried on racing it once it was dropped for OK.
I like the language they are using, but to get drivers to invest in it is a whole different ball game and drivers are not mentioned in the press release.
hmm i have mixed feelings on this, but mostly negative. itd be cool to be under the format of the “pinnacle of karting”, which might encourage more of the european guys to race here. i wonder if it’d be any different than x30, which is already a very international class and we don’t get many international drivers for that. im sure they’re fun to drive too.
it looks like an OK is roughly $500-600 more than an x30, i’m assuming they’re a bit more fragile and need more rebuilds, more tuning variables=less isolation of driver skill, and it’d further fragment the classes here when there are already a lot. aside from the coronavirus delays obviously, things are going really well for single gear senior classes with about that much power. we’ve got nice full x30 and rok grids all over, so i could only see this splitting things up more for not much gain by anyone as long as the other classes are still here.
I think, this is driven by Italian Motors. They recently released an X125T Direct Drive motor which looks a lot like the Modena OK engine.
Spot the difference.
And from my experience in the ICP Cup, there’s plenty of engine tuners there itching to tune stuff, nostalgic about the 90s.
I tend to agree given how tightly linked ICP and TaG USA seem to be. This will likely start as a northwest phenomenon, probably staying there for the most part.