New “Push-In” Sidepods Are Coming

EDIT: Check the date of this post…

New push-in sidepods that operate much like the CIK-FIA pushback front fairings are expected to be introduced to karting.

When impacted with enough force from the side, the entire sidepod will push back about 3cm.

“We want to prevent drivers from making overly optimistic passes” KartSportNews was told.

“All too often we see a driver throw it down the inside and bang into their rival’s sidepod, shoving them offline. This device will stop that.”

The penalty for a driver who finishes a race with one sidepod pushed in will be 10 seconds. If they’ve been overly zealous and both sidepods are pushed in, they will be disqualified from that particular race.

If a driver has both sidepods plus the front nosecone pushed in, they will be told to pack up and leave the event.

“It should really clean up the racing” the person added.

When asked about the unfairness of being an innocent victim of a “podding”, we were told it’s much like being brake tested with the nose cone; “some you win, some you lose, but it’ll average out in the end”.

The brackets will retro fit karts that use sidepod bars and bodywork that meet the current CIK-FIA homologation. Most other karts will require new sidepod bars, and an upgrade to modern-spec plastics.

Bracket sets are $50 (for 2 brackets), so $100 will fit out a kart.

They can be ordered from kart shops now – quote part number “APR1-2018”.

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8 Responses to New “Push-In” Sidepods Are Coming

  1. Steve Southwell says:

    “All too often we see a driver throw it down the inside and bang into their rival’s sidepod, shoving them offline. This device will stop that.”

    The penalty for a driver who finishes a race with one sidepod pushed in will be 10 seconds. If they’ve been overly zealous and both sidepods are pushed in, they will be disqualified from that particular race.

    So the driver that gets his pod pushed in, in the above example, gets a 10sec penalty???? Who comes up with these ideas?

  2. Mick Howdle says:

    FFS…!!!

  3. Andrew McClure says:

    Money making scam , as if the sport isn’t expensive enough it will just stop the average guy or dad who just wants to have fun for him or his son out of the sport and leave the teams who have no budget to carry on .
    Those that always as you say throw it up the inside are mostly team drivers who don’t care about damage or others but only want to win

  4. Paul Weir says:

    Here’s an idea, how about we all go back to promote better racing instead on trying to go through a 2ft gap with a 4ft Kart, had one race last year and it was more like a Demo Derby than a race, getting racers punted off during warm up laps proves the type of racer that is out there, and no the club didn’t do any thing other than “add an extra warm up lap”.

  5. Troy Boldy says:

    take the pods off the karts, that’ll fix the bad drivers diving down the inside. They either have to learn how to pass properly or end up in hospital, simple

  6. Paul Weir says:

    Aprils fools or not amount of drivers out there who go through this race “expense” of a pod, pod bar or both is a b….y joke.

  7. David Britt says:

    I can’t believe I wasted my life reading this : (