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It’s difficult to say that the KF engine generation was successful for karting. Since their introduction in 2007, international entries have continued to decline, while the CIK categories have disappeared from many national championships. Certainly, attitudes have changed greatly during this period, other deals that are more lucrative for manufacturers have established themselves and a generally difficult economic climate did not favour the expansion of the discipline.
The new management team of the CIK-FIA behind the Vice-President Kees van de Grint have worked for three years in close collaboration with leading manufacturers to develop a new generation of engines, simpler, lighter and less expensive. Recently validated by the World Motor Sport Council, the OK engines will be used in place of KF from 2016. Beyond the controversy over the minimum weight, the relative ease of starting without a clutch and the performance, the success of these new engines to a wide audience of drivers at all levels is essential for the future of karting. If the ASNs and manufacturers play the game favouring a long-term vision of their activity, the OK engines will attract new drivers at different levels of the pyramid of karting and help develop the discipline beneficially for all.