This a motor that I didn’t know existed until late last year - and is a great use of an engine designed for other purposes. Motoring Weekly recently wrote about Coventry Climax racing engines and they repurposed water pump engines that went into cars! Late last year I was looking at Karting New South Wales with a view to joining their board. Sadly I didn’t get on it, however in my research into the organisation, I was lead down an interesting path: one of the 26 clubs in the association was Subaru Karting NSW who (naturally) run four stroke Subaru engines. Another one was the 4 Stroke Karting Association of NSW. It was the first time I had seen a major manufacturer involved in grass roots karting. Subaru’s industrial division produces a range of very small displacement engines for use with pumps, generators and other equipment. These are typically four stroke, overhead cam engines and so like Coventry Climax, Subaru have repurposed one of the smaller motors and renamed it from … [Read More...]
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