CIK front bumpers – what it means for the UK
A main discussion point was regarding the new detachable or ‘droop nose’ front fairing as per 2015 CIK regulations. The MSA Kart Technical Sub-Committee had a demonstration of the new front fairing and attachment. It drops to the ground with contact of about 5mph, and then the driver should come into a repair area to put it back in the normal position, or if he can’t will have a time penalty applied.
Only bodywork to the new CA20 homologation will be manufactured in 2015. The front fairings will have an 8 screw mounting plate, which can take either the detachable ‘ramps’ or the conventional current fixing to the front bumper bars. The cost of these parts will be less than £10. So the MSA is proposing to Kart Committee that the new type detachable front fairings will not be mandatory until 2016, and subject to class or championship regulations, but there could be a trial during 2015 in the British and National Championships.
There were several points of concern, including whether it would drop down if scraped on the ground for a TKM push start, and how it would interact with MSA steel bumpers both in the normal and dropped condition. The MSA undertook to have real trials during this year.
A point of contention is whether the plastic parts and the mounting bars from different homologations can be interchanged even although they may be identical in appearance and on the fiche drawings. This is not currently allowed, if a new sidepod or front fairing is purchased and has a different or newer number then the bars must also be changed for the same number so the crash test integrity is maintained. However a proposal to allow interchange has been put forward, although it is unlikely this could be approved for 2015.
The above has been taken from the October ABkC Newsletter – which we will be editing for clarity and posting all week.