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"My driver, Matt, that's all he talks about; running the World Formula. He's very committed and loves the power. We need this motor out west. I'll buy one!" - Mike Scott, Sacramento, CA
I want to thank you first of all for loaning me the motor to test this past
"I struggled with getting the exhaust in our car. We run a GT. Once we were on the track, I liked the power it seemed to have. It's a good class for the older, heavier kids. We've been racing for quite a while, but this was a workout for my driver. He really had to drive the car." (Handler) "It was so different than my 160 car. It seemed that it had so much more power going in to the corner. It was pretty strong. I've never been in anything that fast. It kind of blew my mind when I hit the gas. It didn't really scare me, it was just hard to control it. It was cool!" -Matt Peterson - Madera, CA
"My son is Billy. The motor was pretty nice. It seemed that it needed a bunch of throttle response. Billy said it was similar to running the Honda when it was getting up to speed, but after it winds up like a 'B. He said it took a little bit to get there. Honestly, I think this engine would give alot of kids the opportunity to go fast. I think it should be for a more experienced level driver." - Mr. Golden. "WOW, that was cool! I liked it. It felt really fast! Thanks for letting me run it!" - Billy Golden
We were fortunate that we had the opportunity to test the engine for a short period at RMQMA in Colorado. We had to stop when the rain started, but did get to run 50 - 60 laps. I installed the engine Satrurday afternoon. This really went smooth. I did have to remove the 160 from the car before we could "size" things up. I'm estimating that we spent no more than 2 hours for the whole process, including the removal of the 160 and related exhaust mounts. As I mentioned, I also used the angled motor plate that I use with my Hondas. Everything fit well and mounted up properly. The exhaust fit with plenty of room. The engine started easily too. On Sunday, we started with our current 160 "setup" on the car, a one year old 80" Stanley. Had DBS tires, locked up, with 3 1/2" stagger. It was cloudy, gloomy, and about 50 to 55 degrees out. Needless to say, the track was not conducive for fast times. Car was really loose, and only became marginally better when we got heat in the tires. Best times were in the low 6.80s. We brought our driver in and switched to YFAs and the car immediately "hooked up", in fact too much. After a few laps we brought him back in to loosen up the car. We finally got the car better balanced and the best time was a 6.70, a pretty good Heavy 160 time. We were at the time where we needed to start working with different springs and shocks to find the optimal setup. This is when the rains came, and shut us down. High RPM was 6,600, with a 26 engine / 24 axle. If we'd have had more time I would have went to a 25 on the axle. I think that the car had another 1 1/2 to 2 tenths if we could find the right gear and setup, and the track was better. Chris really enjoyed driving the car, although he was really fighting the car. I chalk that up to the issues with finding the right setup. He loved having to breathe it in the corners, and commented many times on the awesome power. He was disappointed that we did not have more time with it, and would love to drive it again. There was a lot of enthusiasm for the engine at the track. A number of the members knew I was bringing it out, and many stayed to watch us after the race was "postponed". A number were actually timing us, although I was not overly proud of the times. Everyone wanted to look at the engine in the car. I spoke to quit a few of the members, and most knew about it, and those I spoke to indicated that they would be in favor of this as a QMA class. I stressed to many that they need to let whoever is in charge of Region 8 for 2006 / 2007 know of their desire for the W/F as the upcoming elections occur. In conclusion, while the time with the World Formula was too short, it was fun and exciting. It was pretty "stress free" in installing, starting, and running the engine. You don't need to be a "master mechanic" to run this engine. I am living proof of that. Clearly the handler can focus on the car and forget about the motor. If this platform is approved for 2006, we will be running it, if we are still in quartermidgets. Thanks for setting this up for us. Jeff Baker, Region 8 Director
We saw the World Formula motor at Mini Indy. It was great! I am really excited about the new engine platform. The driver had a really big smile and even won the 1/2 race. David Olson
I thought I would comment on our experience trying out the World Formula motor last week-end at Waterford. First of all, Chloe is 13 but got a somewhat late start in QM driving (11 years as a novice). She has enjoyed the Sr. Honda experience, but would enjoy the opportunity to run a bit faster and with more kids her own age and weight. She has run a few times in Heavy 160 and had a great time in that class as well. We have gone to most of the region 4 regionals this year. She finished 5th in the Senior Honda Points for the region. We have not been able to purchase a Deco to run on Sunday because of the cost. (I am assuming this potential class would be run on Sunday at regionals). We enjoy watching the other drivers on Sunday, but it would sure be great to stay and RACE that day. So, when the discussion began about this motor, Kyle (handler and hubby) checked with his go-kart buddies to get their opinion. A well-known go-kart parts distributor shared with Kyle that he has been very impressed with the reliability of this motor.
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