What's happening to all the Rotax engines traded in to IAME and Rok?


(Nicholas Bruno) #1

Does anyone know? It seems like a poor business decision to just let them sit in a warehouse somewhere or to destroy them. Any chance they will be sold ?


(Aaron Hachmeister) #2

I heard they’re selling them back in Europe. Rotax may be dead in NA but they still have a following across the pond, so the market is still there. OR they’re using them for research Idk ¯_(ツ)_/¯


(Eric Gunderson) #3

I’ve heard that they’re planning to gut the engines and turn the blocks into a reef. Of all the things you could do, I guess if you’re going to go for the throat of another karting engine and do your best to kill it off, saying that all it’s worth is a boat anchor, might as well do that…#classy.


(Paul Fox) #4

Anyone know if they are going to do the trade program again?


(James McMahon) #5

I don’t have an answer on what’s being done with them, but I will say this…

I think it’s important to keep the numbers in perspective. The proponents of the trade in programs would have you think that every engine out there is being replaced by their product, beating their chests as they go. In reality it’s a very small percentage, especially if you are looking at Rotax.

Granted, “how many are being raced” is another question, but nonetheless, don’t get too taken in by the hype.

I also think it’s interesting that Rotax have started a series of how to videos.


(Garett Potter) #6

I can give you a little insight on ROK’s plan, the bulk of them will be donated to schools around the US with small engine programs. We have found that there is a large need for this, most of the equipment they are currently working with is decades old and two cycle is pretty much non existent, they are very excited to be working with very current two cycle technology that are fully operable.

The rest will be used for rental kart fleets, in and out of the US market. Dropping these engines for the purpose of racing in any market is not really an option for us, the investment that Vortex has put into this will be close to a million and we don’t want to buy them back again at some point down the road.

Being the first ones to initiate a trade program back in April or intent was never to try and kill the Rotax program, for us it was about trying to save what drivers we have left from leaving the sport we all love, and maybe bring a few back that deiced to bail on the EVO transition.

As James said the numbers are small based on a very strong 17 year program that Rotax put forward, I have no real number on the equipment Rotax dropped in the North American market over that period but its big, I estimate we will trade around 700-800 units by the end of the year, now if we can just get these people to show up to a track somewhere that would be a big win for the Industry not just ROK.

P.S The school donation idea was given to me by Jason at Swedetech thanks JB a big win for what we hope are future karters

Garett