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THE ZANARDI RACING TEAM WILL BE ENTRUSTED TO WILLEMJAN KEIJZER
The Dutch technician will be the referee for the international activity of the Zanardi brand after Dino Chiesa’s leaving.

CRG is pleased to announce Willemjan Keijzer as the new manager of the Zanardi team, that will take part to the CIK-FIA and WSK international programmes under the name of Zanardi Racing Team.

The Dutch technician, 36 years old, gained an important experience in international karting running his own team with CRG equipment (Keijzer Racing, winner of the DKM with Kas Haverkort in this season) and in 2014 he already worked with the Zanardi chassis line. With this choice, CRG wants to continue a winning management set up for the Zanardi brand.

The technical synergy between the CRG factory and the team run by Keijzer will be very close, both from the technical point of view and the official drivers’ management. The Zanardi team will be committed in the KZ, OK and OKJ international categories in the most important events, as the CIK-FIA World and European Championships. About the engines, the technical collaboration with KVS has been made official, who will provide the team with IAME engines.

Together with Willemjan Keijzer’s presentation as the racing team manager, also the first 4 official drivers were presented: Glenn Van Berlo and Kas Haverkort in the OK class, Bart Ploeg in the OKJ and Dylan Davies in the KZ2. The line-up will be completed in January with other 2-3 drivers that will be decided after the tests that the team is planning in the next weeks.

The Zanardi brand boasts a magnificent record of achievements with 9 CIK-FIA titles between World Championships and World Cups, the last one conquered this year with Danny Kairle in the OK World Championship.

The technical work and the ambitions for the future will be up to expectations and the brand’s history, conceived by Alex Zanardi in the early 2000. For these goals, many activities will be launched, also supporting teams in the national championships.

This is how Giancarlo Tinini presented the new course for the Zanardi brand: “Our goal is organizing a team able to be immediately competitive and the collaboration with Willemjan Keijzer allows us to have a team made of many experienced technicians at international level who work well together with our company. We will also have continuity with the drivers, for instance Van Berlo and Haverkort raced with our technical equipment and this will allow us to start working immediately without surprises, in this preparation phase for the next season. Moreover, the agreement with Keijzer will give new impulse to the Zanardi brand in Northern Europe, an important market area, where he’s always been present also in the national championships. We are satisfied with the work and the interest that the Zanardi line is producing and we wish to continue this brand’s winning tradition, also improving the retail network and the direct collaborations with some external teams.”

Also Willemjan Keijzer comments positively the agreement: “I take over an important inheritance for the success that the Zanardi team achieved in the last 10-12 years, but this is also a great incentive and motivation for me. My relationship with CRG strengthened during these years and I am glad about this new step for my professional path. In these days, we are on the track with the new homologation chassis and we will continue testing also in January, when we will have the opportunity to consider other drivers beyond the ones already confirmed. I want to thank Giancarlo Tinini and I will do my best to recompense for the confidence given.”

Contact: ZANARDI RACING TEAM
Web: www.zanardiracing.com
Team Manager: Willemjan Keijzer (willemjan@zanardiracing.com - +31 620 181801)

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
14 December 2017

In the picture: Willemjan Keijzer (Zanardi Team Manager), Glenn Van Berlo (2018 Zanardi official driver) and Giancarlo Tinini.

 

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GOOD PERFORMANCE FOR CRG DRIVERS IN VENDRELL
CRG has been protagonist at the 17th Champions Cup with Ayrton Fontecha shining in Junior, Filippo Berto in KZ2, Carlos Dembilio in Senior and Alejandro Melendez in Cadets.

The Spanish circuit in Vendrell has staged the traditional end of season Champions Cup, that has reached this year the 17th edition and has scored a very good international participation once again.

CRG drivers obtained interesting results in all categories. Ayrton Fontecha of team MDC has been one of the main protagonists of Junior. Following the victory in Prefinal, he was unfortunately forced to a comeback Final recovering from last up to P2 finishing in the slipstream of the winner Mari Boya. Paul Enders was seventh and Mike Gorke eighth instead. Javier Sagrera of M2 Racing has also been among the quickest of Junior, but had to retire from the Final after the fourth place obtained in Prefinal.

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Filippo Berto put in a great performance in KZ2. He was fourth in Prefinal and Final, while Carlos Gil was fifth at the flag, but later on demoted to sixth by a 5s time penalty. He led team mates Lisard Santos and Jon Tanko though. Miguel Molina closed his weekend in the top ten despite a 5s penalty, while Enrico Prosperi was 11th and Emilien Denner 13th on Kalì-Kart. Good runs have also put in by Oriol Dalmau, who closed 14th leading Kilian Meyer, who was at his debut in KZ2 and Adam Vila. The Final was won by Alex Irlando.

CRG claimed another podium in Senior with Carlos Dembilio who ended the Final in P3 behind Daniel Macia and Sam White at the end of a good comeback race from P7 of the Prefinal.

Alejandro Melendez of team MDC secured a victory for CRG in the Cadets. He dominated the youngsters category, while David Rodriguez, Hugo Sanchez and Eric Gene have been shining in the Avelin class ending their race respectively in fifth, sixth and seventh position. The victory went to Aaron Garcia.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
12 December 2017

In the pictures: 1) Carlos Gil between Alejandro Melendez and Ayrton Fontecha; 2) Kilian Meyer, KZ2.

 

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FIA REWARDED PAOLO DE CONTO, THE WORLD CHAMPION ON CRG
Paolo De Conto has received the prize at the FIA Prize Giving in Versailles for winning the CIK-FIA KZ World Championship 2017.

The KZ World Champion of CRG Paolo De Conto has been rewarded for his victory at the yearly FIA Prize Giving Ceremony held in an elegant evening at the Castle of Versailles (Paris) where all motorsport and karting champions of FIA season 2017 have been honoured.

Paolo De Conto has been celebrated by FIA for the second year in a row for taking in 2017 his second victory of the CIK-FIA KZ World Championship in Wackersdorf (Germany) on CRG-TM Racing-Bridgestone, after the title secured with CRG in 2016 in Kristianstad (Sweden).

The FIA meeting in Versiailles also nominated Felipe Massa as the new CIK-FIA President. He takes over from President Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa, who has been President since 2011.

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Paolo De Conto’s hall of fame:

2017 CIK-FIA World Champion, KZ
2017 CIK-FIA European Champion, KZ
2017 Skusa SuperNational Las Vegas, KZ2, Winner
2017 Australia Race of Stars, KZ2, Winner
2016 CIK-FIA World Champion, KZ
2016 Skusa SuperNational Las Vegas, KZ2, Winner
2016 Australia Race of Stars, KZ2, Winner
2014 Skusa SuperNational Las Vegas, KZ2, Winner
2014 Memorial Ciao Thomas Knopper, KZ2 Winner
2014 Winter Cup Lonato, KZ2, Winner
2011 CIK-FIA European Champion, KZ1
2011 Memorial Ciao Thomas Knopper, KZ2, Winner
2011 WSK Master Series Champion, KZ1
2010 CIK-FIA European Champion, KZ2
2010 Memorial Ciao Thomas Knopper, KZ2, Winner
2010 WSK Euro Series Champion, KZ2
2009 Bridgestone Cup Europe, KZ2, Winner

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
10 December 2017

In the pictures: 1) The new CIK-FIA Karting World Champion with Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa and Felipe Massa at the FIA Prize Giving in Versailles; 2) KZ 2017 World Champion of CRG Paolo De Conto in Versailles, Ph. Ph. Jean Marie Hervio DPPI.

 

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THE PROMISING ELIO GIOVANE GONZALEZ WITH CRG IN 2018
The Italian-Spanish driver will race in the Junior class as official driver in a double programme between Europe and the US

CRG is pleased to announce the agreement with the young and promising Elio Giovane Gonzalez. Born in June 2005, Elio has both the Italian and Spanish nationality and he currently lives in Miami with his family.

The agreement signed with the CRG factory includes a double race programme: in the US with the main TAG Junior races with the CRG Nordam support and in Europe with the Cik-Fia European and World Championships as official driver in the CRG Racing Team.

Elio will also take part to a strong test programme and a few races besides the CIK-FIA, as the DKM or the WSK, in order to gain confidence with the technical equipment, tyres and European tracks.

His formation in the youth classes was full of successful results in the Micro and Mini Rotax in Florida and also in the Rok and Iame Swift championships. In the past season he did not make a full race programme due to school reasons, nevertheless he stood out with a 5th place in the Florida Winter Tour in the Mini Max category and with an 8th place in the WKA Man Cup Iame Pro Swift.

The CRG manager Euan Jeffery said about the new CRG driver: “Elio is very young, but he is a mature boy for his age and very prepared. He speaks English, Italian and Spanish fluently and has a very professional approach with the team. We’ve been observing him in America and we are sure of his potential and speed. The next season will be the first one at international level and for sure he will have to make experience before achieving important results, but we are sure that the working plan we made will allow him to be competitive in a short time.”

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
8 December 2017

In the picture: Elio Giovane Gonzalez.

 

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PAOLO DE CONTO AND CRG “STARS” AT CIK-FIA 2017 PRIZE GIVING
Paolo De Conto received the biggest round of applause at the “CIK-FIA Prize Giving” in Milan due to his victories in the World and European KZ Championships with CRG. De Conto’s comment on a season to be framed.

Paolo De Conto and CRG have been on top of Europe and the World at the CIK-FIA Prize Giving 2017 ceremony held at the Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan. The Italian driver has been under the spotlight at the yearly prize ceremony organized by the International Karting Commission, where he has been rewarded for his victory at the KZ World and European Championships.

Paolo De Conto has been one of the main protagonists celebrated in the CIK-FIA prize giving ceremony in the presence of all the most important CIK-FIA authorities, including President Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa and Vice President Kees van de Grint with the introduction of WSK Promotion President Luca De Donno. De Conto has been rewarded for his second win in a row of the KZ World Championship and third victory of the KZ European Championship.

The Italian driver of CRG racing team from Valdobbiadene (Treviso), ended a very strong season 2017 winning the two CIK-FIA titles on CRG-TM Racing-Bridgestone, rounding it off with the two wins scored in the two international events in Las Vegas and at the Race of Stars in Australia.

“This has been a season to be framed – a satisfied Paolo De Conto stated – I certainly could not have asked for more. It has been a great satisfaction for me to become the reference point in a category that has always been hunting ground for the legends of karting. I am really happy.”

- This second title of the KZ World Championship arrived after losing out on another one at the closing lap in 2015 in Le Mans, but then you managed to bounce back in 2016 winning the World Championship in Kristianstad and repeating it in 2017 in Wackersdorf.

“Things went well anyway in 2015, CRG won the title with back then with my team mate Jorrit Pex and I came second. Personally, that was a hard blow as I could not get the win shortly before the chequered flag. I think that this episode gave me the motivation to be more resolute, that was a wake up call that made me do a quality jump in the following two years.”

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- You went through all the karting ladder, from 60 Mini to all the higher categories up to the pinnacle of KZ. What advice would you give to a young rising star?

“Karting is a sport that demands high dedication. If you want to get important results a lot of time and efforts need to be put into it. Training every week is necessary, complementing it with a correct nutrition and an intense sporting programme to be fit. It is then also very important to dose one own’s strengths during racing weekends to be ready for the finals on Sunday, without being too tired for the closing stages. Another important thing is to know the secrets of the karting mechanics. It is not an easy sport, it is actually quite challenging both from a physical and mental point of view”.

- What is your target for the future?

“My goal is to keep competing in karting full time, with the maximum dedication as I have always done with the things I cared about. After winning this year both the World Championship and the European Championship I think it is going to be difficult to confirm these results, but I will give my best to win again. I have a big responsibility towards CRG now. It is not easy to race with all eyes on you, every little mistake can cost a lot and be criticized heavily. I think that every race for me is going to be like a final of the World Championship. I will get back on track in a few days, headfirst!”

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
3 December 2017

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, CIK-FIA 2017 World and European Champion at the CIK-FIA Prize Giving 2017 held at the Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan; 2) Paolo De Conto between Anthony Abbasse and Ben Hanley. Ph. CRG Press

 

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KALÌ-KART, THE NEW 2018 RACING CHASSIS RANGE
For the historical karting brand manufactured by CRG, the main innovations will regard a new model for the direct drive classes (KK 03) that will come up beside the reliable KK 02.

The Kalì-Kart brand represents the history of karting and it brings back to each karting fan’s memory Michael Schumacher’s or Alex Zanardi’s successes in the 90’s. But Kalì Kart has also a great history of sporting and commercial successes especially today, in the most important markets as Germany and Northern Europe.

For 2018 the CRG factory, that manages the productive and commercial parts, is thinking about expanding the Kalì-Kart agonistic programme at international level. The most important news introduced with the new homologation cycle (2018-2020) regard the presentation of a new chassis for the direct drive classes: the KK 03 model, with 30mm tubes and characterized by very particular frame geometries. The KK 02 model with 30mm tubes, instead, basically remained unchanged.

Regarding KZ, the reliable KK04 model has been updated with some technical interventions to make it use more effectively the tyres employed in the main KZ classes (interventions on the centre of mass). An important work has also involved braking systems with the adoption of new discs and pads, and also the bodywork has been updated, reducing the supports’ weight and improving the front fairing layout. The whole range is fitted with new steering wheels, that have lifted spokes that allow a higher grip, making it more comfortable for the driver. The most significant novelties follow.

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KZ CHASSIS. The centre of gravity of the competitive KK 04 model has been modified in function of the tyres used in the main KZ categories, which improved cornering, braking and traction. Performance has also been optimized by a slight change in the rear track. The KK 04 model feature magnesium R-line hubs and spindles, magnesium wheels and new VEN 11 KZ braking systems, developed by the CRG’s research and development centre.

DIRECT DRIVE CHASSIS. The model KK 02 with 30mm tubes is the reference point for direct drive chassis classes. No real big change has been made to the frame. Model KK 03 is a novelty instead, characterized by a particular chassis layout featuring the central crossbeam fused with the front end. All models fit magnesium R-line hubs and spindles, magnesium wheels and new VEN 11 DD braking systems.

KZ BRAKING SYSTEMS. Starting from 2018, KZ braking systems produced by CRG (and adopted on the Kalì Kart range) will be identified by the code VEN 11 KZ. Break calipers have not undergone big modifications, compared to the previous homologation, but discs, front and rear pads have been updated significantly. The external diameter of the cast iron, self-venting disc that was previously daisy-shaped has now become linear, and the section of the cooling holes has been changed too. The diameter of the rear disc has been raised from the previous 189mm to 192mm, while the diameter of front discs has gone up to 154mm from the previous 150mm. The new brake pads will be orange instead of red. These interventions produced a more effective braking, a more homogeneous wear of pads which turn in a better feeling with the brake pedal for the driver.

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DIRECT DRIVE BRAKING SYSTEMS (OK). Braking systems for direct drive categories will be identified by the code VEN 11 DD. These are identical to the KZ rear braking system, with all the novelties in terms of disc shape and orange pads. The most important update for the direct drive categories is the optional choice of a smaller disc. This new element is still cast iron and self-venting, but has a 181mm diameter instead of the standard 192mm and is thinner. The benefit of this solution is a reduction of the spinning mass, especially in Junior classes that have lower power, with a better modulation of the braking force. A specific adaptation kit has been devised to fit this disc, which includes hubs and specific supports for the brake caliper and slightly bigger pads.

FAIRINGS. The biggest change regarding the newly homologated fairings for the next triennium is at the front end, that has been updated with a new layout in the central part and made wider. This is to improve the drag coefficient and to provide more safety. The front steel bumper has also been updated in its top and lateral parts and has been made a lot lighter. The front number holder has also been slightly changed, while the supports of the side pods have been modified to achieve a big weight reduction.

For more information on 2018 chassis, braking systems and fairings do not hesitate to contact the authorized dealers and download the technical specifications at www.kartcrg.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
23 November 2017

In the pictures: The new 2018 Kalì-Kart.

 

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PAOLO DE CONTO AND CRG TAKE THE THIRD WIN HITTING THE JACKPOT IN LAS VEGAS
Paolo De Conto secured the third win in KZ in Las Vegas at the end of a golden season for the CRG driver. Regarding the other CRG Nordam drivers, Laurent Marchandise won S2 and Callum Bradshaw ended on the podium of X30 Senior.

CRG claimed another victory in Las Vegas (Nevada) at the most important appointment in North America. Paolo De Conto hit the jackpot securing an exceptional third win in the Skusa Super National after the victories scored in 2014 and 2016.

In this 21st edition, Paolo De Conto on CRG-Tm did not leave much room to his rivals in KZ, winning the prestigious American race with the support of CRG Nordam, at the end of what has been a golden season for the Italian driver that also claimed his second KZ World Championship, third KZ European Championship and second win at the “Race of Stars” in Australia.

In the Final held in Vegas Paolo De Conto started from the second row and got the lead on lap seven (of 20), claiming an authoritative win that resembled the recent victory at the World Championship held in Wackersdorf – when he won again from the second row of the grid!

CRG Nordam has also fielded Benjamin Tornqvist and Ricco Shlaimon in KZ, but both drivers did not finish, while Antonio Serravalle has been disqualified.

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A total of 28 drivers were supported by CRG Nordam in Las Vegas. Among these, Laurent Marchandise took the win in S2, while Callum Bradshaw secured a great third place in X30 Senior as Olin Galli was eighth, Gabriel Bortoleto was ninth in X30 Junior leading the new entry Tyler Maxson who made a good debut with CRG. Eduardo Dieter was seventh in TAG Master instead.

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CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
21 November 2017

In the pictures: 1) The winner in Las Vegas’ KZ Paolo De Conto; 2) Callum Bradshaw third in X30 Senior; 3) Tyler Maxson.
Ph. CKN Canadian Karting News, Cody Schindel.

 

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28 DRIVERS WITH CRG NORDAM IN LAS VEGAS
Everything is ready for the 21st edition of the Skusa Super National that will take place in front of the Convention Center & Casino from November 15th to the 19th.

In Las Vegas, Nevada’s the most important city, everything is big size. Starting from the famous Strip, the main street coloured by thousands of lights, to the 17 out of 20 biggest hotels in the world, each one with a different architectural style, as the Bellagio dedicated to the Como lake or the Caesar Palace, inspired to ancient Rome.

Las Vegas is the world’s entertainment capital, thanks to hundreds of clubs and the most prestigious and famous casinos of the world. And for one weekend in a year Las Vegas also becomes the capital of International Karting, hosting the Skusa Super National, the most important North American event.

Next weekend, from November 15th to 19th, the 21st edition of this meeting will take place in the city circuit built in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center & Casino, with many of the best drivers in the world.

Over 10 categories will be present, from Micro and Mini for the youngest drivers, up to the KZ, the main class of the event with a 10.000 dollars prize for the winner. A large group of drivers will represent the CRG colours in each category, 28 of whom will be managed by CRG Nordam.

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The great protagonist will be once again Paolo De Conto in the KZ class, already 2 times winner of the Super National and coming from a successful season, where he won again the World Champion title and became European Champion in the KZ.

Paolo De Conto will race also in the S1 class, facing a double agonistic challenge. Always in KZ, there will be also Antonio Serravalle, Benjamin Tornqvist and Ricco Shlaimon competing with all the best drivers at international level.

Many CRG drivers also in the TAG Junior class, where the new entry Tyler Maxson will be together with the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto and Franco Colapinto. In the TAG Senior, the British Callum Bradshaw will be one of the most waited drivers, together with Juan Paolo Pilo, Facendo Costa, Santiago Chiarello, Martin Visser, Olin Galli and Brenden Baker.

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In the TAG Master, the CRG colours defenders will be Miguel Perez, Ariel Dominguez, Ignazio Vivian, Fernando Janson, Carlos Martich and Eduardo Dieter, whilst in the S2 class the Spanish champion Enrico Prosperi will be one of the main competitors, together with Erin Sims and Laurent Marchandise.

In the S4 category CRG will have 2 leading drivers, Venkat Reddy e Rod Clinard, so as in the Mini class where there will be 2 protagonists for sure: Alfio Spina and Marcus Flack, both assisted by Gamoto’s technical staff. Media partner of the event will be the ekartingnews.com website, with constant updates, all the results and live timing to follow the race in real time.

Press Office
CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
15 November 2017

In the pictures: 1) The Poster of SKUSA Super National, with Paolo De Conto; 2) Callum Bradshaw in the TAG Senior; 3) Gabriel Bortoleto in the TAG Junior.

 

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CRG, SPINA AND TEAM GAMOTO TRIUMPH IN THE WSK FINAL CUP
In the second and closing round of the WSK Final Cup held in Adria, young Spina claimed a great victory in 60 Mini. Giardelli was eighth in KZ2 after a good qualifying. Next round in Las Vegas with CRG Nordam drivers.

The double round of the WSK Final Cup reached its conclusion in Adria. An important win handed the very young Alfio Spina the led of 60 Mini classification with team CRG Gamoto.

After missing the victory in opening round held on November 5th, when Alfio Spina had a racing hiccup in the closing meters of the 60 Mini’s Final that relegated him to P5, Team Gamoto’s driver managed to bounce back brilliantly on CRG-Tm in the second round held on November 12th winning a spectacular Final and gaining the classification lead. Among the very young drivers of Team Gamoto, the Spanish Miron Pingasov was seventh in the closing race and tenth in the final classification, while the American Akshay Bohra experienced some troubles in the Final ending 20th due also to a time penalty.

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In KZ2, Alessandro Giardelli was eighth on CRG-Tm after the promising fourth place in Prefinal and a good qualifying ended in P5. Emilien Denner was ninth right behind Giardelli on Kalì-Kart-Tm.

Andrea Rosso ended 21st in OK on CRG-Parilla recovering from the back of the grid due to a penalty he was given in Prefinal and to a troubled qualifying. Leonardo Bertini Colla was the best of CRG drivers in OK-Junior taking P11 on CRG-Parilla. Mathias Torreggiani closed his effort in 22nd place, while the American Nikhil Bohra, at the debut in 60 Mini, is learning the new category and managed to be among the finalists in Adria, but was eventually forced to retire with one lap to go. The Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto had a very difficult weekend. He retired early on in the Prefinal that he started from a promising fourth place.

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The next appointment will be the 21st Skusa SuperNationals in Las Vegas next November 19th with CRG Nordam drivers led by the winner of the past two editions Paolo De Conto.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
13 November 2017

In the pictures: 1) 60 Mini podium with Alfio Spina; 2) Alessandro Giardelli, KZ2; 3) Andrea Rosso, OK.
Ph. Cunaphoto

 

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CRG, THE NEW 2018 RACING CHASSIS RANGE
Following the new homologation (2018-2020) for chassis, fairing and braking systems, CRG has introduced several technical innovations.

As the homologation works regarding chassis, braking systems and fairings for the next three years (2018-2020) have reached their conclusion, CRG has officially introduced its new Racing range for season 2018.

The new chassis will be available through the CRG sales network in the next few days and the main teams connected to CRG are already testing the material on track to allow their drivers to prepare the next racing season.

A lot of innovations have been introduced, both regarding technical solutions and design. Design-wise, CRG had already previewed the attractive new look of the chassis (that will be customizable with the name of the driver) and the new stickers kit that will be standard on all products.

From a technical side, the main novelty is the introduction of two new chassis for direct drive classes: the 30mm and 32mm KT4 models and the Heron 30mm chassis featuring a special geometry.

Regarding KZ, the successful Road Rebel has been updated with some technical interventions to make it use more effectively the tyres employed in the main KZ classes. An important work has also involved braking systems with the adoption of new discs and pads, while fairings and holders have been updated to provide important weight improvements. The whole range is fitted with new steering wheels, that have a diameter of 340mm and lifted spokes that allow an higher grip.
The most significant novelties follow.

KZ CHASSIS. The center of gravity of the successful model Road Rebel has been modified in function of the tyres used in the main KZ categories, which improved cornering, braking and traction. Performance has also been optimized by a slight change in the rear track. All KZ models of this range feature magnesium R-line hubs and spindles, magnesium wheels and new VEN 11 KZ braking systems.

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DIRECT DRIVE CHASSIS. The model KT2 with 30mm tubes is the reference point for direct drive chassis that have specifically designed for OK and for the main single make Trophies. No real big change has been made to the chassis. Models KT4 and Heron are a novelty instead. The first has a 30mm tubing and 32mm crossbeams and front end tubing. The geometry of the central part of the chassis converges to the middle, and the convergence becomes more pronounced in correspondence of the fuel tank. The HERON model takes up the concepts of a CRG chassis used back in the 90s revisiting it with the current technology. This model has a particular chassis layout featuring the central crossbeam fused with the front end. All models fit magnesium R-line hubs and spindles, magnesium wheels and new VEN 11 DD braking systems.

KZ BRAKING SYSTEMS. Starting from 2018, KZ braking systems produced by CRG will be identified by the code VEN 11 KZ. Break calipers have not undergone big modifications, compared to the previous homologation, but discs, front and rear pads have been updated significantly. The external diameter of the cast iron, self-venting disc that was previously daisy-shaped has now become linear, and the section of the cooling holes has been changed too. The diameter of the rear disc has been raised from the previous 189mm to 192mm, while the diameter of front discs has gone up to 154mm from the previous 150mm. The new brake pads will be orange instead of red. These interventions produced a more effective braking, a more homogeneous wear of pads which turn in a better feeling with the brake pedal for the driver.

DIRECT DRIVE BRAKING SYSTEMS (OK). Braking systems for direct drive categories will be identified by the code VEN 11 DD. These are identical to the KZ rear braking system, with all the novelties in terms of disc shape and orange pads. The most important update for the direct drive categories is the optional choice of a smaller disc. This new element is still cast iron and self-venting, but has a 181mm diameter instead of the standard 192mm and is thinner. The benefit of this solution is a reduction of the spinning mass, especially in Junior classes that have lower power, with a better modulation of the braking force. A specific adaptation kit has been devised to fit this disc, which includes hubs and specific supports for the brake caliper and slightly bigger pads.

FAIRINGS. The biggest change regarding the newly homologated fairings is at the front end, that has been updated with a new layout in the central part and made wider. This is to improve the drag coefficient and to provide more safety. The front steel bumper has also been updated in its top and lateral parts and has been made a lot lighter. The front number holder has also been slightly changed, while the supports of the side pods have been modified to achieve a big weight reduction.

For more information on 2018 chassis, braking systems and fairings do not hesitate to contact the authorized dealers and download the technical specifications at www.kartcrg.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
7 November 2017

In the pictures: 1) KZ Chassis; 2) Direct Drive Chassis.

 
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