Can the PRD fireball be competitive locally? I have been out of karting for a while and my old package is a new/old 08 crg road rebel with brand new box stock prd fireball. I have been doing rental karts in the winters so am still familiar with how karts drive but been wondering how much of a handicap is my setup going to be with all these new engines i have never heard of before, X30, Rotax evo etc
All other things being equal, it’s going to be hard to keep up.
But things are rarely equal. Run what you have and see how it goes.
I ran the Fireball for years and you’ll have a hard time competing. You may consider doing the PRD Galaxy upgrade, they’ve been running up here in the NW and have been as good as any other engine package power wise. @DavinRS runs with the team using them and has run one himself.
I ran a Fireball in club road racing early this year. WKA handicaps them pretty well compared to other TAGs. If I could have made the min weight (360) I would have done better but fatty here couldn’t get below about 373#, which is X30 min weight territory. I was mid pack for most races.
Long story, short. Unless you’re super super light, running the Fireball will be difficult against X30, Rotaxs and etc sprint racing.
The Galaxy is a totally different story though. Much more power, especially in the top end and with a power valve. No issues there.
Link here for more info. https://prdfireball.com/collections/prd-galaxy-full-packages/products/prd-galaxy-full-package
EDIT: Now, I will say that with the control carb, it will run competitively with other 100cc engines like the KA100, if you have an open class like that.