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Tornado Cadet - A Tradition of Winning Continues

The 2012 Tornado Cadet is a refined chassis design made of Chromoly tubing and other tubing types and diameters with adjustable caster and camber and a new front torsion bar option. The Tornado Cadet has already won some big events n its prototype form including the International Gatorz Challenge of the Americas and the Southwest Regional Cup. Michael Schneider won the first race of the 2009 season at the Outlaw race in Texas, a money race that draws from several states.  In both cases it won with the youngest drivers in the field.  The biggest key is that our chassis is made of stronger steel and lifts the inside rear wheel in the corners much earlier than Italian made mild steel. Our tubing allows the kart to run smoothly through the corner and not bog the engine. This plays a big part in keeping the engine RPM's up through the corners and higher down the straight. Even more important is that by not lugging the engine down in the corner we don't overheat the engine. The more we keep the engine cool the better power we produce. That is why in spec, sealed engine races our young drivers did so well last season winning the Route 66 series a number of SWRC events and road racing events as well as Gatorz Rotax races.  

The Tornado Cadet includes lighter weight components, reduced rotational mass, special wheels, a floating sprocket and floating brake hubs on the F4 and F5 models and can have a MyChron 4 for tracking your progress. With configurable front spindle adjustments you will be able to tune the kart for the biggest competitive races in the country. The rear end has two ride height settings so you can adjust how tight the kart is and race on rough surfaces.  It is meets IKF, WKA, Stars and all the karting tech requirements for size. It has forward and back pedal positions so you can adjust the kart for the smallest or tallest driver. It comes in almost any choice of colors. Rollers from $2465 to $3475 plus shipping. Allow up to three weeks for delivery. Chassis ship with everything but a chain, tires , engine and a sprocket.

The Tornado chassis is the choice of active and current race drivers for their sons.  People who know the value of a good chassis are turning to the Tornado to win races.

Why are our Chromoly tubing chassis a good investment compared to European karts? Because Chromoly lasts longer, it doesn't sag and become unresponsive to driver input. Ask around and see if the top European kart racers use their Italian chassis more than six months before they sell it off. Mild steel sags and gets a memory while Chromoly lasts for years. Factor in a new chassis every six months or so and you'll save more than a $1000 by getting the best Chromoly chassis right up front. You will also get a better resale price because the chassis is still good two years later. At recent IKF Grand National and regional races, a 4 year old Chromoly chassis' are still winning. Chromoly has the reputation of qualifying better than mild steel and being more responsive to an aggressive driver. It has the reputation of being a fast qualifier. Get one on order today and go to the front of the pack!

 Pricing of the F1 Cadet Tornado Chassis is $2465, F4 Cadet $2875 and F5 with Mychron 4 $3475.

 

 

 

2010 Evolution Style Bodywork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tornado Cadet

 

      

Engineered to twist better, specially selected parts are added to wind up to speed faster. The Tornado hugs the ground, sounds like a train going bye and usually scares people when they see it for the first time. The Tornado is one of the nicest looking karts on the market today. The Tornado Cadet can be run with any of the Junior sized engine packages, from Comer K80 to Puma, HPV1, Gazelle or other engine to fit local rules around the world. Pictured below is Cole Glasson and Hannah Williams with their Gazelle 60cc electric start engines, a 14,500 rpm 9.5 horsepower engine.

Since the additions to the kart took many years to accumulate we don't spell out the specifications here but you will receive with the kart a Chassis Setup DVD that includes tips about the frame and how to use it correctly. You can see from the pictures that the front bumper/fairing design is much safer because it includes a hook that can catch another kart in an accident and dissipate the energy of the kart and hold it down.   It comes with Bridgestone YHC tires unless specified otherwise at time of order. The chassis will automatically lift the inside rear tire while sitting flat on the ground, very few Cadet karts are designed to do this. Other chassis made of mild steel end up dragging the inside rear around the corner and bogging the engine down.

Chromoly is built to last. It does not sag like a mild steel chassis made in Europe. It will hold it's shape and performance level throughout the race and the full season. It can take a hit and keep its shape, unlike the mild steel chassis that are often toast after one really good hit. When you do the math on replacing a mild steel chassis three times in three years while your driver is in a Cadet the few hundred more you may invest up front will pay dividends later when you don't need to get another chassis because your mild steel chassis has worn out.

Order a Tornado today and start destroying the competition like a Kansas Twister.

Quotes from Tornado Cadet Chassis owners:

"The karts were so hooked up that those two just ran away from the rest, it was so smooth in the corners. It was just so amazing to watch."

"The kart was really hooked up today. The engine ran strong and we won, thank you for everything."

"We've really got something here. The Tornado was so fast in the corners that we would catch up 7 kart lengths we lost on the straights because of a wrong jet choice I made."

"The kart handled so good that we got ahead 10 kart lengths in just one lap, after that he was able to lift and take it easy for the win"

"My son loves the feel of the kart in the corners. It just sails through the corners"

"We love the new chassis. It looks great and we have had good success testing with it so far. We are looking forward to our first race."

"We got second in our first race with the chassis. In our second race we got second again at a region race this time with the youngest driver in the field"

 Scroll Down To The Bottom For Racing Success Stories Of Our Drivers!

 

F1 Tornado Cadet Chassis

The F1 is our base level chassis with the same frame as our higher end models but with no length adjustment. There is no front torsion bar option on the F1 but it is available on the F4 and F5 models. The rear has height adjustment and the front end has caster and camber adjustments. It has a grey cloth covered seat, aluminum wheels and is designed for club and regional racing where weight may not be as big of a factor. It is about four pounds heavier than the F4 but still lighter than most other Cadet karts. The steering wheel is covered in suede and has a flat top and rubber grips on both sides for the hands.  If you only want to buy one chassis and you want it to be in the same shape to race in two years, buy our chromoly tubing Cadet Tornado and you'll be happy that you made the investment $2675

 

 

 

 

 

The F4

is a high end competition chassis with reduced rotational mass and nicer looking components. It has a Tillet seat, special aluminum wheels built just for a Cadet Kart and is designed for national and regional racing where weight may be a big factor. The Tillet seat is hand laid glass and lighter. It is mounted with a swivel mount so that the chassis flexes appropriately. The brake rotor is a special light weight thin rotor to reduce rotating mass and it is mounted on a patented floating rotor. The front spindles are 17mm. The sprocket is also a patented floating sprocket to keep chain bind to a minimum while the axle flexes in the corners. The floating components keep the chassis flex from slowing the kart in the corner by binding the calipers or the chain. Even the caliper is a lighter weight component.  The main benefit of the Tornado line is how it handles in the corners. While sitting still and turning the steering wheel the inside rear wheel will lift off the ground. When going through the corners this greatly reduces the drag because the inside wheel on most karts acts as a brake. With our Tornado Cadet your driver will sail through the corners. $2975

 

 

Tornado Cadet F5 Chassis

   

 

The  F5

is our high end competition chassis with a MyChron 4 computer tracking system, reduced rotational mass, front end adjustments for caster and camber, single piece front rims and nicer looking components.  You have the choice of a 40mm axle, 30 mm soft steel axle or 1.25 inch middle stiff steel axle. You have a choice of two seat mounting strategies to adjust the way the kart handles, two rear ride height settings and seven front ride height settings. The 2010 has adjustable rear height and adjustable length (new for 2010). It has a Tillet seat for heavy drivers or a more flexible padded seat for light weight drivers. It comes with Douglas spun aluminum wheels in polished or black. If you want ceramic bearings just add $345.   if you want the new GPS tracking system for the Mychron 4 then add $595 (pictured sensor on Lazier's kart between the number panels). We highly recommend the GPS addition to youth drivers as the data and visualization is invaluable for testing at new tracks.  Investment for a F5 $3575.

 

 

 

F1 Entry Level Tornado $2365 plus shipping

 F4 Tornado with No MyChron $2875 plus shipping

 

 F5 Top of the line Tornado with MyChron 4 mounted $3475 plus shipping. Additional $445 for the new GPS module that hooks into an existing My-chron 4.

 


 

This Season's Regional Race Wins

2009 Outlaw Series Texas 1st, 2nd, broke engine, 1st (see the video)- Michael Schneider Minimax

2009 Jim Russell Series Sears Point Pole Position and Fast time Micromax and Gazelle Tag 60 Chloe St. George

2008 CSSS Regional - Race Win Kaleb Allison

2008 SWRC Race 8 Win - Cole Glasson

2008 Route 66 New Castle - Kaleb Allison

2008 Route 66 Series - Iowa Kaleb Allison

2008 Kart National Win Tag 60 C. Glasson

2008 Tag Shoot Out Iowa - Kaleb Allison

2008 Route 66 Tag 60 Cadet - Kaleb Allison

2008 Route 66 Tag 60 Iowa - Kaleb Allison

2008 Southwest Regional Cup Cadet Wins - Saturday and Sunday -Hannah Williams, Cole Glasson Pole Sun, 2nd, Sat 3rd

2008 Route 66 Tag 60 Cadet - Kaleb Allison

2008 Southwest Regional Cup Cadet Wins - Saturday and Sunday -Hannah Williams, Cole Glasson Pole Sun, 2nd, Sat 3rd

2008 Gatorz Race of the Americas Royal McKee Saturday and Sunday Races MiniMax Cadet

Xplex Las Vegas, Nevada in Tornado Cadet

 

 

Special Notes:

Polley Scales Wall Of The Castle

Alanmykael Polley may be in his first year of Cadet racing but he is quickly scaling the walls to reach the top.  At New Castle Indiana last weekend they took home a pair of thirds and were very close to their goal of besting former Tornado Factory Driver Kaleb Allison. The Polleys took a bad wreck at the last race and had to get the frame straightened. It ran good enough for two podium finishes.

Here's what Michael Polley had to say:

"Well we did pretty good this weekend . We have never driven this track and this was a double header weekend .  We drove the Ironman Track on Saturday and on Sunday we drove the National Track . On the Ironman we started the day at 1:31:00 in lap times . by time we were ready to race we ended up at a 1:24:00 so with the things you have shown us and Keith St George . we dropped 7 seconds. We placed Third in the feature on the iron man and was teched and passed with flying colors.

On Sunday we started out at a 1:20:00 we only had 2 practices on this track and we were able to drop 2 seconds on our lap times to a 1:18:00 . we also placed third in this event. So we came home with some hardware this weekend.

Over all we had a positive weekend and learned a great deal about different tire compounds and tire pressures along with a very fun but challenging track . We used the knowledge we gained from Michael May and from Keith St George to get us in the top 5 . We want to thank you for not only taking us to victory lane though it was only a third place finish but to us we felt like champions."

 

 

Say It Ain't Snow Joe!

Eagles Canyon Racers Barely Get Race In Texas

Drivers in the Midwest were trying to kick off their local seasons and were hit with snow. No racing for them just yet because even the spring fever racers have isn't enough to melt a few inches of snow. As far South as Texas racers barely got going after the road course champions were trying to get their IKF punch in before the Road Race Grand Nationals at Eagles Canyon Raceway in Slidell, Texas. Here is the video of the cold windy race that Mike ran away with.

The Ice Man Michael Schneider didn't care about the cold. He was on fire as he took the pole and walked away with the race with an 18 second lead at the end over second and 36 seconds over third. "It was all chassis and driver, as the engine is sealed and the gearing/tires are the same. The Tornado chassis performed so well and Michael drove so consistently that we just left the field quickly." Michael and Jeff of hopeful of winning their first Duffy this June. This would be their first chance to compete for a Duffy and it is nice that they are the current favorite going in. Jeff has been working with us on the new design of the 2009 and now 2010 Cadet. Hard work and research pays off. Hopefully we'll still be fastest in June!

 

Great Helmet Cam Footage From Michael Schneider

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibGunnr2IrM&feature=channel

Post Race Interview

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hN_FBo-AaI&feature=channel

 

 

 

 

 

Alanmykael Polley Wins at TNT In The Rain In Cadet

Here's the video to watch and see for yourself how good Alanmykael Polley drives. He's very confident as you'll see and he shows that the Tornado Cadet loves the rain. Drivers report a feeling of confidence in the grip and predictability. When you have drivers this good it all comes together for a nice run up front unchallenged.

Thanks Alanmykael and team for taking us to Victory Lane with you! We are all smiles out here in sunny California. ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ice Man Michael Schneider Wins Another Texas Outlaw Race In Tornado Cadet

Michael Schneider won going away from the pack in Denton Texas Saturday with his 2009 Tornado Cadet. "We had about a thirty kart lead at the end and he was increasing his lead. We ran some of the fastest laps ever on a day with 20 mph winds and really cold temperatures, the (Tornado) chassis just stuck" said Jeff Schneider. That gave Michael  two wins and a second, plus the last place when his head was cracked by the water freezing in his engine the week before the race.

Without that freezing incident it was clear that Texas' Tornado Team would have another series win. Michael "The Ice Man" ends up second overall in the series mainly because of too much ice in the engine. This is the fourth team that we know of that has experienced Rotax engine cracking because of Ice - drain your engines or put antifreeze in them crew chiefs.

Chloe St. George's team could not get the Tornado chassis put together fast enough to race on Saturday morning but was able to work her way up to third in the MicroMax Class. Keith will be working hard this week to get the Tornado put together this week to run at Dixon's Rotax Series race this coming weekend. Her new team suit arrived and she also handed out extra shirts to team drivers in Texas.

Click here to see one of the former Texas Outlaw races. Congratulations Michael and Jeff, thanks for taking us to victory lane with you!

 

Michael Schneider Wins First race of 09 In Texas

Jeff Schneider called to tell us that Michael ran away with the Outlaw winter race in Texas. The race has $10,000 in prize money and draws from several states. "We were up against Birel, TopKart, Margay and Intrepid most with tuners in hand and we walked away with the race. Michael really liked the new 2009 Tornado Cadet with the sway bar in up front. It was 80 degrees and we ran sticky tires but the turn in was so crisp that Michael felt he could put the kart anywhere he wanted on the track with ease. It was a phenomenal day and we were so close to the track record that can usually only be broken in the summer months" explained Jeff. Click here to watch the video.

Michael and Jeff have been hard at work in the off season and have stepped up their game upgrading to the new 2009 Cadet built especially for Rotax Max racing. The Chromoly chassis has extra support built in for all that extra horsepower as well as a new sway bar option that Michael really likes. We didn't think the sway bar would be the way to go but Jeff requested it and we built it for him. They also fixed some engine issues that were holding them back at the end of the year and are ready to run against the best this season. Thanks for all your testing Michael and Jeff. As always, thanks for taking us to victory lane with you! What a start to 2009!!!

 

 "He likes it! Hey Mikey!" - 2009 Cadet Update From Michael Schneider

Over the weekend, Michael Schneider had his first opportunity to put the new 2009 Tornado Prototype to the test against some of the Nation’s top ranked Rotax MiniMax drivers.  Having just taken delivery of the chassis and with only 4 hours of testing, Schneider Racing headed for Norman Oklahoma for rounds 5 and 6 of the South West Regional Cup Series and the KAM Karting Rotax Challenge.

Arriving on Friday for practice they started off with a neutral setting and a slightly rich jet – no need to blow an engine while learning the track.  Coming in from the first round of practice, Mike was very unhappy with the engine calling it “junk”.  He was unable to hold full throttle without the engine bogging and dying off.  You couldn’t tell by watching the kart from the bleachers as he was literally outdriving most of the field.  “I have to constantly play with the throttle and back off just to get it to run”.  Later this was finally traced to a battery that appeared to be charged but would lose volts quickly causing the full throttle ignition problem.  With that now fixed, Mike could concentrate on the track and not worry about the throttle.  Mike picked up another second, but came in and said the rear end was a bit too loose.  With only a slight adjustment to the rear track and a tire pressure modification, Mike came in from the next practice  session and said “don’t touch it, it’s perfect.”  He had picked up yet another second.

Saturday, Mike qualified the Tornado Prototype off pole, on the front row, right next to Alec Udell, currently in his final year with MiniMax, and the #1 ranked Rotax MiniMax driver in the Nation.  Udell is also currently running in the TAG Junior class driving a Leopard.  The outside of the track in Norman was not the place to be as there is a very long straight followed by a hard right – Mike was on the left (outside).  The only hope was to outrun Udell down the straight and get in front of him into turn 1, which is exactly what Mike did!  From that point on the 2 drivers left the field behind and eventually Udell got a great run down the straight and passed on the inside of turn one never to relinquish the lead again.  

It was a great run.  The 2009 F4 Tornado Cadet was amazingly easy to set up, very smooth, and incredibly fast and easy to drive.  

Round 6 was held that following day with Mike qualifying another ½ second faster.  Unfortunately, so did Udell and now Lopez and Clark were in the hunt.  Mike’s engine did not get the pull it needed at the start and through turn 1, Mike came out 4th behind Udell, Lopez and Clark.  With Clark slightly holding up Mike, Udell and Lopez started to pull away.  Mike finally got around Clark and began to reel in Lopez. Mike caught him a couple of laps later and made a pass around an inside corner surprising Lopez and taking over the 2nd spot.  It was short lived though as Lopez fired right back around the next turn and resumed 2nd place.  Meanwhile, Udell had checked out.  The battle would be between Mike and Lopez for the rest of the race with Mike right on Lopez’s rear bumper.  Lopez made no further mistakes so Mike ended up 3rd in a strong battle of Nationally ranked drivers.

With his performance last weekend, at 8 years old, Michael Schneider and the 2009 Tornado Cadet Prototype should now assume the #2 National ranking right behind Alec Udell in the Rotax Challenge driver rankings.  

Mike is getting faster and faster every week and while we have only been running Rotax for 4 months, we are starting to really understand the Rotax engine.  We look forward to seeing everyone in Wisconsin for the Grand Nationals.    

Kaleb Wins Wii At Tag Shoot Out Memorial Day!!

Kaleb Allison went down to Iowa to deliver on a promise he made at the Kart Expo over the winter. They had showed off the Wii that the winner would get if he won the Tag 60 race at the Tag Shootout. Kaleb said, "I'm coming down to your race to get that Wii". As a first time Cadet racer I don't think they thought he had a chance. Little did they know he had a Chromoly chassis made in America on order.

Kaleb took the pole by seven tenths with his strong Tornado American steel chassis. He went on to win the heat over all the Italian karts and one Australian kart made of Chromoly. He finished ahead of the second place kart by five seconds and third by 45 seconds!

 

We want to thank Recker Racing, PG Racing and all the sponsors for supplying the nice prizes.  It is almost impossible to get a Wii but it really wasn't that hard because Kaleb has one of the best support teams, pictured above. That little guy on the left can really wrench, wait till you see him drive too! Congratulation Kaleb on the win.

 

Kaleb Allison Takes Pole and Wins Route 66 In Tornado Cadet

Our new Tornado Factory team driver from Mexico Missouri was ready to challenge any weather forecast at the Route 66 race. He took the pole easily in the Tag 60 class. He was leading in the heat race when a competitor's battery came lose and was on the track. The hard charging Kaleb hit it and was sent flying off the track on one wheel. He ended up going underneath a motor home but didn't hit it. He started the engine, drove back out and tried to get back on the track. He's one tough racer.

 He had to start in the back in the final but still won the race. Congratulations to Kaleb for winning the first Regional race of the season up North. Thank you for taking us to victory lane with you and under the motor home...

Like a Norman Rockwell painting above Kaleb finish the race all by himself out front. I think the painting would be named Promising Future. As the youngest driver in the race in only his second cadet race, to win a regional race is very promising. Thanks for taking us to victory lane with you Kaleb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Schneider Wins Another Road Race!

"it was a great race on a 2.3 mile track. Michael ran in a tight pack for 20 minutes and with one corner left he pulled the sling shot move and passed for the win. Another win for the Tornado Cadet" Michael Schneider

Michael has been on a tear lately with  a two road race wins, a second and 4th in regional racing action and several podiums at the club level. He's only 8 years old. We are proud of our Tornado Factory driver out of Texas. He won a national race on our Tornado Kid Kart and stuck with our design as he moved up to Cadets. It's looking like a wise choice as the Cadet young guns are really doing well in their freshman year in Cadets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 Cadets Announced

We started shipping the 2009 Tornado Cadet. It has been in testing since February. One of the first drivers to race it was Royal McKee of Las Vegas  and he stunned the Rotax crowd by taking the pole and winning both days of the Race of The Americas international race. He was only age qualified by two weeks and was the youngest driver in the field.

The Tornado Cadet has many wins this season. Kaleb Allison won the Route 66 Sprint Series with a Tornado Tag 60 engine and a Tornado Cadet. Sprinting to the front for 5 of the 6 races of the season he easily wrapped up the championship. In the SWRC in Texas Cole Glasson leads the points with just one race weekend to go as the youngest driver in the field, competing as a 7 year old on a Tornado chassis against 25 other drivers as old as 11. He and Hannah Williams (9 years old) have multiple wins in the series on their Tornado Cadet Chassis.

Michael Schneider also has been very successful in his Tornado Cadet and Rotax MiniMax. He was ranked 4th in the nation often qualifying on the front row and finishing on the podium in Texas.

Allison Wins Route 66 Regional Championship!

Kaleb Allison is one of the rising stars in karting. He's been in it less than two years but is a fearless fanatic on the track. We first saw Kaleb when he came to race the California State Championships last year finishing an impressive 7th on a tight chassis set up. Kaleb likes a loose kart. With over a 200 point lead in the points after Sunday's fourth win in the series Kaleb will drop the last race and attend the Tag USA Championships in Grand Junction Colorado next month instead. He finished 1st in 4 of the 5 races so far this season and does not need to attend the final race in Springfield.

 

Kaleb's father Keith picked up two chassis from us over the winter and entered Kaleb in our Factory Driver program. He showed great improvement in his first Cadet year and wins the championship on his first of three tries as the youngest competitor. He is currently in the top 10 in points in the Yamaha class and will be dialing in his new, thinner Tornado chassis that set fast time at Quincy last month. Our first design was a good qualifier but too tight on over stuck hot summer regional race day tracks. They stuck with us and helped us design a better looser kart for Kaleb and other young drivers.

Kaleb is one of the favorites for the Tag USA race next month and we hope many of the countries' best drivers will be there. Last year they had the best trophies I have ever seen in karting. While technical glitches got the best of us we promised to be back in force to take another shot this year.

2009 Hail Chassis Updated - Sets Fast Time!!

Kaleb Allison and Keith said the first version was just too tight for a rubbered up track. We put our thoughts together and designed a new chassis based on the current successful cadet but longer. We didn't even paint it and rushed it out the door. Keith said "the jig was spot on as the kart scaled within a half pound". Kaleb had to drive the kart with no practice on race weekend. He came in and said it's loose.

They were happy to hear that finally as Kaleb likes a loose kart. They tuned it up to qualify 4th and in the final they set fast time!!! They finished third but the first test of the new hail was wildly successful. For a new design to hit the track and set fast time with the youngest driver in the field was way more than we could hope for. This could be the hottest new full sized Yamaha chassis to hit the market in some time. Thank you Kaleb and Keith for working with us on the new design. Not every fast chassis comes from Italy and the Chromoly will last for years.

2009 Cadet Update

"He likes it! Hey Mikey!"

Over the weekend, Michael Schneider had his first opportunity to put the new 2009 Tornado Prototype to the test against some of the Nation’s top ranked Rotax MiniMax drivers.  Having just taken delivery of the chassis and with only 4 hours of testing, Schneider Racing headed for Norman Oklahoma for rounds 5 and 6 of the South West Regional Cup Series and the KAM Karting Rotax Challenge.

Arriving on Friday for practice they started off with a neutral setting and a slightly rich jet – no need to blow an engine while learning the track.  Coming in from the first round of practice, Mike was very unhappy with the engine calling it “junk”.  He was unable to hold full throttle without the engine bogging and dying off.  You couldn’t tell by watching the kart from the bleachers as he was literally outdriving most of the field.  “I have to constantly play with the throttle and back off just to get it to run”.  Later this was finally traced to a battery that appeared to be charged but would lose volts quickly causing the full throttle ignition problem.  With that now fixed, Mike could concentrate on the track and not worry about the throttle.  Mike picked up another second, but came in and said the rear end was a bit too loose.  With only a slight adjustment to the rear track and a tire pressure modification, Mike came in from the next practice  session and said “don’t touch it, it’s perfect.”  He had picked up yet another second.

Saturday, Mike qualified the Tornado Prototype off pole, on the front row, right next to Alec Udell, currently in his final year with MiniMax, and the #1 ranked Rotax MiniMax driver in the Nation.  Udell is also currently running in the TAG Junior class driving a Leopard.  The outside of the track in Norman was not the place to be as there is a very long straight followed by a hard right – Mike was on the left (outside).  The only hope was to outrun Udell down the straight and get in front of him into turn 1, which is exactly what Mike did!  From that point on the 2 drivers left the field behind and eventually Udell got a great run down the straight and passed on the inside of turn one never to relinquish the lead again.  

It was a great run.  The 2009 F4 Tornado Cadet was amazingly easy to set up, very smooth, and incredibly fast and easy to drive.  

Round 6 was held that following day with Mike qualifying another ½ second faster.  Unfortunately, so did Udell and now Lopez and Clark were in the hunt.  Mike’s engine did not get the pull it needed at the start and through turn 1, Mike came out 4th behind Udell, Lopez and Clark.  With Clark slightly holding up Mike, Udell and Lopez started to pull away.  Mike finally got around Clark and began to reel in Lopez. Mike caught him a couple of laps later and made a pass around an inside corner surprising Lopez and taking over the 2nd spot.  It was short lived though as Lopez fired right back around the next turn and resumed 2nd place.  Meanwhile, Udell had checked out.  The battle would be between Mike and Lopez for the rest of the race with Mike right on Lopez’s rear bumper.  Lopez made no further mistakes so Mike ended up 3rd in a strong battle of Nationally ranked drivers.

With his performance last weekend, at 8 years old, Michael Schneider and the 2009 Tornado Cadet Prototype should now assume the #2 National ranking right behind Alec Udell in the Rotax Challenge driver rankings.  

Mike is getting faster and faster every week and while we have only been running Rotax for 4 months, we are starting to really understand the Rotax engine.  We look forward to seeing everyone in Wisconsin for the Grand Nationals.    
 from Jeff Schnieder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hannah Wins Again, Cole Second! At Southwest Regional Race in Texas

Hannah Williams and Cole Glasson did the Texas Two Step on the field of 16 talented regional drivers from as far away as Mexico. Even powerhouse Pato O'Ward from Monterey Mexico was there.  The two Tornado Factory Drivers had practiced together, helped each other tune and learned the chassis/engine combination from Tornado and Tornado Engines (www.tornadodriver.com and www.tornadoengines.com). They were ready to take on the first of the difficult regional races of the season but whom would have believed they were this ready so early.  Watch the video of day one racing below:

 

Hannah had more competition Sunday from her team mate Cole Glasson, Cole took the pole and Hannah qualified off pole. In a photo finish Cole took the win over Hannah in the heat race in Denton Texas at the Southwest Regional Cup series. Hannah ran a 41.86 while trying to win the heat race and that is a new track record, surpassing the old track record by .3 set by a driver with three years of Cadet experience.  Hannah was able to catch up to Cole as he came up to lapped traffic and was slowed trying to navigate safely in a series with no drops for the points. In a stunning late move she got a run off the final corner and passed Cole at the line to win the second straight SWRC.  In MiniMax action Michael Schneider qualified on the front row as well in MiniMax. That means every Tornado Cadet driver in the field put their kart on the front row at the regional race.  

The Tornado Cadet continues to look like the right design for competitive racing in the United States. To win so many Regional races on multiple engine platforms with such young drivers says the research worked and the Chromoly design is probably better than pure mild steel designs. It stays consistent and does not sag, allowing tuners and drivers to stay more consistent in testing. The chassis is good for years and not just months like a mild steel chassis. Talented drivers like Hannah, Cole, Royal, Braden, Michael, Flinn and Kaleb will be visiting tracks and showing the speed of Chromoly for three more years as they are all just getting started in the Cadet class. Thanks for taking us to Victory Lane with you. Keep up the hard work.

Hurraaaaayyy Hannah

HANNAH Williams WINS SWRC Regional!! Mike 2nd In MiniMax Cole Third In Gazelle!!!

Hannah Williams ran away with the show in Texas as she started on the front row and walked away with the heat and final. She was so far ahead in the final that she had time to recover after getting caught up with a lapped kart. She ran off into the grass with one lap left, came to a halt kept her senses and got the kart going again and still won it! She had an amazing day. Cole Glasson joined her on the front row for the final as the only two Tornado Cadet chassis' in the race were both on the front row. Cole would get caught on the outside in the start and hold onto the third place position through the race to give us a 1, 3 finish in the large regional field.

Michael Schneider finish second in the MiniMax race pushing the much older leader around the track. Congratulations to our three Tornado Cadet Factory drivers for making us look so good and taking us to victory lane with you. 

 

 

 

SouthWest Regional Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnson And Allison 1st & 2nd Wow!!

 April 20

Braden Johnson had so many months off he was about ready to go crazy. Then the first race was snowed out. He finally got to race today in Pevely Missouri and he won his first ever Cadet race in Pevely, Missouri. Braden had to fight with his fellow Tornado Factory Driver Kaleb Allison and it was a tough battle. It was Kaleb's first Cadet race too and he wanted to push the chassis to the limit. Both traded the lead in the heat race. In the final Kaleb was right there but put one wheel in the grass and that was all it took. Braden went on to win and Kaleb got second. 

"The two red Tornado's were like magnets on the track. They were all over each other and running away from the field. You would have been so proud if you could see them" said Michael Thompson, crew chief for Braden Johnson. 

We are very proud of these two Tornado Factory drivers. Many people came over to see what new chassis these two were running because they were so fast and smooth through the corners. Congratulations Braden and Kaleb on the 1, 2 finish.  We think these two will be wowing crowds for the next three years in this class.

The string of wins by young drivers on Cadet's for the first time continues. We are so pleased to be doing so good so early. These drivers are surpassing our expectations and making the Tornado Cadet chassis look so good. We are pleased to have such a talented teams represent our chassis and engines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal McKee Takes 2 Gatorz Race of the Americas Wins!!!

Ranny just finished a hard tear down in tech, all the way to the crankshaft on a sealed Rotax MiniMax. "This guy smoked everyone so much all weekend we had to tear him down" explained someone in tech. Royal called to tell me he had won again today. 

"It was easy after we made those changes to the tires and jetting, I could stay out front and take it easy to hold on to the lead. By half way I knew I had it won. The kart handled perfect, thank you"

Thank you Royal. Few would have predicted the youngest driver in the field on a new American made Chromoly chassis would sweep qualifying and all the races, but Royal did it. He is just an amazingly gifted driver and the home field advantage plus the chassis was too much for the visiting drivers.

We struggled with jetting all day but finally got it figured out or at least close enough. Jeff in Texas helped all day again and we strategized on a three way call to make the best guess we could. What needle to run, what jet, would the air density change, how fast off the corners did we need to be...  Royal ran his fastest times of the weekend on the last race with overcast skies. All weekend the chassis ran its fastest laps as it's last laps so the rumors that Chromoly tightens up did not come true with this new design. Certainly the horsepower of a 125cc Rotax Minimax put the endurance of the chassis to the test. All around we couldn't have asked for a better outcome and better shake down test of the Tornado Cadet. We've always said Royal could drive a wooden kart to the front. He's just amazing. Thanks Royal for taking us to victory lane with you again!

 

 

Royal Takes Pole, Wins Heat, Wins Final In Prototype at Gatorz Challenge of The Americas

Royal ran down the leaders from yesterdays Gatorz Challenge of the Ameriacs race and set fast time early once he got in the clear. Once Royal took the lead in the qualifier he pulled off the track to rest his tires for the heat and final. The 2009 Tornado Cadet Prototype seems to be working very well at the Xplex today! 51.02 was fast time for Royal 51.5 was second fastest time for the points leader Mike Davis.

"I think we could have been in the 49's had we left Royal out, he was dropping  2 tenths a lap but we wanted to save the tires and not show others the best line around the track." Ranny McKee

Royal went on to win the heat and final. He said "I took it easy in the heat once I got ahead. I picked it up a bit in the final. I want my tent now!"

Royal was shown a big tent and lots of computers by another manufacturer at a recent race. They invited him to switch his chassis because all he had was one person supporting him. He wondered if he should switch or stick with the Tornado Team that helped him win the IKF Grand Nationals. It was a team effort with drivers in other states, helping Royal and Ranny. I told Royal if he won the next two races I'd get him a tent and that some people may be switching to be in the tent and on the team with him if he keeps winning. What an accomplishment for such a young driver. He showed poise by coming in early in qualifying, Took it easy in the heat and paced himself in the final. We are so proud of Royal. Thank you for taking us to victory lane with you!

 

Royal McKee Wins At Las Vegas Motor speedway In Proto Cadet

Royal had a great first outing at IKF regional racing but it wasn't an engine his team owned or knew and it was his first weekend with the new 2009 Chromoly mix Tornado prototype. Ranny McKee called and told us they had bolted on the MiniMax sealed engine that Royal was familiar with and went to practice. "We were so fast and Royal loved the chassis, we were a second quicker in testing today" explained Ranny. We had high hopes for Royal in the Sunday race but rain was forecast. In the morning it was snowing at Royal's home but Eddie Fiorre was at the track and said it was clear so the McKee's loaded up their new Tornado and headed to the track. 

Royal took to the track and quickly set the pace, taking the pole. In the heat he opened up a gap on the field of ten karts within a lap. Regular top drivers pushed very hard to stay with Royal and his Tornado, but it wasn't to be. Royal was over one second a lap faster than anyone else. Royal called us after the final and said "I won, the kart felt so good, it was so easy out there to drive really fast". At the time I was announcing the race for R11 so I couldn't talk but we were so pleased to see the changes to the cadet worked so well for Royal.  Another competitor commented that Royal can drive anything and make it look fast. We agree he's one of the most gifted drivers in the country and it is great to get his feedback and see him do so well so early as other young drivers have (see story on Michael Schnieder) with our Tornado Cadet.

Royal had been recruited by another manufacturer at a recent race. They showed him a big tent and engine helpers. Royal and I made a deal that if he won the next two races we'd get a tent. If he keeps winning more and more people will leave the tent of the expensive European chassis makers for the faster Chromoly American made steel produced by the Tornado Kart Organization.

 

Michael Schneider Takes Second with MiniMax on Cadet, Glasson Wins

Michael Schneider bolted on his new MiniMax Rotax engine for the first time this weekend. He ran it in for an hour or so on his Tornado Cadet. The MiniMax is a very powerful 125cc engine that is restricted on the top end power. It puts out tremendous torque and our Chromoly Chassis is built to handle the power and give the driver responsive control. Michael was the youngest driver in the field and almost took the pole, missing by .1 of a second because the driver ahead of him spun and Michael had to lift. In the race Michael tucked in behind the pole sitter and pushed him the whole race. In Michael's first race with all that power he did a great job of holding the kart in a safe position and finishing in second against a field of experienced drivers. Jeff called and said "this chassis loves all this power. It handled so well and Michael loved it. Had the kart not spun ahead of us in the last lap of qualifying we would have taken the pole and probably won the race. On the podium the winner was a kid two feet taller than Michael. We are doing so well so early". We hope to have pictures and a video of the race coming soon.

Cole Glasson won the heat and the main in his Tornado Cadet at the club race with his Gazelle. Cole raced a S-1 Nevoso of a more experienced driver and won. Cole still has three four more months before he turns 8. Again we are please to see these young drivers making our chassis and engine packages look so good so quickly. It's a testament to the testing program and practice schedule of the parents and drivers. Gunnr Murphy was in second for part of the race and is improving quickly. Soon he'll have a new engine and hopefully by this summer he'll be up front challenging his teammates regularly.

 

2008 Tornado Cadets Take 1st, 2nd and 3rd with Cole, Michael and Hannah in Texas!!!

Three Tornados in the field in Texas last weekend and 1st, 2nd, 3rd was the result!! We should have a formidable team of drivers next season in the Midwest with these four drivers. Congratulations to Cole Glasson on another win, Michael Schneider was fighting a bent axle but was right behind Cole and Hannah was safely in third place in one of her first Cadet races. We congratulate the Tornado Team drivers on their success. Thanks for making our engines and Tornados look so good. 

They have been doing some basic testing together and will get things tuned in by spring. Gunnr Murphy was on the track for the first time Saturday testing too and will soon join the team as he wraps up his Kid Kart career and moves into the much faster Tornado Cadets.

 

 

Cole Glasson Wins In His F4 Tornado Cadet In Oklahoma!!

 

In Cole's second race in his Tornado F4 Cadet he won! Cole and Tim Glasson traveled away to Oklahoma to test the Tornado Cadet and Tornado Engines Gazelle engine on another track. They had not raced a cadet at this track and would face not one but two national champions on their home turf. Cole was a second off the pace on Saturday but changed some gears and dialed in the track. He won the first heat on Sunday, took second in the second heat and won the final. It's so amazing to see this kind of success from a seven year old that won't turn eight until mid next year against seasoned national champions.

Congratulations Cole and Tim. All the practice is paying off.  "I think we can improve alot", stated Tim. Looks like you are doing really well already. What a great start to a Cadet racing career. To think he has four years left. Wow!

Chromoly is the way to go in Cadets and Kid Kart chassis. It lasts three times longer, it lifts the inside rear earlier, it is very hard to hurt in a wreck.  You'll notice that people with an Italian mild steel chassis don't do well after six months. That's because the chassis has had it. Tornado's don't sag in six months and become too limp to lift the inside rear in the corners.

Our new design is making better use of tires too. Cole won on a set of tire he purchased six months ago. Chloe St. George won on very old race tires too. So while our Cadet may be a little more of an initial investment it is well worth it in the long run because of the savings in tires, chassis sag and lap times. Of course you will have to bring home heavier trophies and that might mean an extra half a gallon of gas in the truck on the way home. Ouch. If you want to call these guys directly and hear about the Tornado Cadet, give us a call and well refer you to them.

 

Tornado Cadet Update

7 Year Old Cole Glasson Sets Pole In First Ever Cadet Race!!!

"Michael, I wanted to give you an update on our first Tag Race with Cole. Before I give you the update I wanted to give a big thank you to Jeff Schneider for his help on the setup. Cole went out and qualified Pole in his first race weekend. He qualified faster than the next place driver by almost 1/4 second and that is the track record holder. Because this was his first race, he had to still start in the back where he quickly jumped up right behind the leader coming out of the first turn and then with 1 lap left his tire went off turn 7 and spun him a couple of times with him coming in fourth. In the final he started in back again but jumped into third off the start and then the next lap passed another veteran driver going into turn 1 and ended up getting second in the final behind the track record holder (whose last race was yesterday as he is 2-3 years older than Cole and is also racing mini max." - Tim Glasson

Wow, what a great first race for Cole and his new Tornado Cadet. Sounds like the new design criteria is working and the 2008 Cadet is doing well. Thanks for the great drive Cole. As always, thank you for the help Jeff. Pretty good for an 7 year old with worn out Bridgestones. (I had 8 year old in the story and then was corrected that Cole is 7 years old and three months) Double Wow. Chrome-moly and great drivers are a winning combination.

"Worn out Bridgestones is an understatement Michael!  These are the same tires you sent them with the kart in July that they have been using and practicing with ever since.  We all know fresh Bridgestones should be good for 1/2 second a lap, so with a fairly new driver in his first race, on worn out tires, 4/10ths off the record, clearly the Tornado was working!  And so was Cole.  Great job Cole! Jeff Schneider

 

2008 Tornado Cadet Regional Race Debut A Success with Michael Schneider

Our new 2008 F4 Cadet made its regional race debut after taking second in the first club race with the youngest driver in the field. In a regional race Michael took second and wrapped up the KART Championship. Now it's on to the Tag World Championships north of Denver at the IMI motor sports complex in early October.

 

 

 

 

 

Chloe St. George Wins IKF R11

Chloe St. George wins the final at Reno Nevada. It was not easy because she did not get to practice on Friday and they drove all night long. With only a couple hours sleep and two morning practice sessions she stuck with it and worked her way to the front. Two competitors failed on a cc check showing that the most common mistake at this level can end your season. Keith St. George checked his during the day and finished at exactly 7.3cc securing the season title for Chloe and the 2009 Tornado chassis. And yes her engine is for sale right now.

Jerett Tachovsky was wrecked twice  by other drivers but still put down fast time in his 2009 Tornado while trying to make it back to the front of the pack. He received second place after tech finished up. Jerett was caught off guard by the use of lights to start the race. He went from pole to last and had to work his way back up to third in the heat. In the final he was hit twice but never gave up and kept going. Jerett almost completely wraps up second place in the R11 series, a great accomplishment for someone that started the season as a five year old.

Chloe can chose to continue racing the series or drop both last races and accept the championship. She actually has enough points to suffer a DQ and still win the championship. She has not missed a race yet and has won 6 of the 7 races so far. This was the first race in her home state of Nevada but she still had a 7 hour drive to attend the race. Congratulations Chloe on becoming the most dominant Kid Kart Driver in recent history with 8 regional IKF wins in one season, a second at KKN and a 3rd at IKF Grand Nationals.

Kaleb Allison Last To 1st Run

2nd and 3rd at TAG USA Worlds!

Keith Allison was fighting the altitude tuning on Saturday. I talked to him late after they had stuck an engine. He wanted to pack up and be done with it, but Keith knows that Kaleb will drive the wheels off of it if he gives it to him. Kaleb did just that in the IAME challenge taking second. Kaleb started in the back of the biggest race pack in the IAME challenge. He had to change engines after sticking one on Saturday. He passed everyone and led the race for two laps with a very old back up engine. "We had the chassis and the driver, it just was up to me on getting the engine figured out", said Keith.

Kaleb also got third in the Cadet 2 race. He can come back two more times if he wants. We found out yesterday that the Marriott did not give Keith the good Gazelle we had sent, they only gave him the back up parts engine. He fought with it but could not get it to run. The Gazelles seemed to be the fast way to go. "If we had a Gazelle or had not stuck the Miniswift I think we could have won this thing with the Tornado Chassis", explained Keith. After leading the race for two laps after starting in the back, we think that is proof enough.

Flinn Lazier took second in the Cadet 2 class in a very tight race between the two Comer Tag 60 entries. He was only a fraction of a second behind too. We wanted to get our drivers on the podium and take a shot at winning. We were very close and maybe next year will be the charm. This was a very tight race. Cole Glasson ended up 4th in the Iame challenge race and the Cadet 1 race. He'll be back again several more times and has tremendous talent.

Congratulations Flinn Lazier on Pole At TAGUSA Championships, Glasson Too

Flinn took the pole at the TagUSA nationals in Colorado Saturday in Cadet 1. "Your engine was amazing Michael, we took the pole, later we found a foreign material in our airbox and had to switch engines", Buddy Lazier. Flinn won the Kid Kart Nationals for us last year and we've been happy to work with the Laziers many times since then. Some people say it's because he's famous, those that know us know we share a passion for research and development of new ideas in racing. The Laziers are also one of the nicest families in racing. In the end you chose to spend more time with people that are nice and that appreciate hard work.

 Cole Glasson showed his driving prowess by taking over once Flinn changed engines. Cole has two Gazelles from Tornado Engines but could drive a lawn mower engine to the front, he's simply a phenomenal driver. Flinn made it from the back up to third and will attempt to challenge on Sunday.

The Lazier's don't run our equipment exclusively and try to pick the best parts for the best days.  We had supplied him with a Gazelle and a Tag 60 Comer. He took the pole in the Gazelle class and qualified second in the Cadet 2 class with the Comer. Flinn's team worked through carb mounting issues and put the Lazier's on pole with our Tornado Engines Tag60 Comer.  Kaleb Allison of  Illinois is among other talented drivers but has been fighting carb issues, "We are fast on the track in the corners and Kaleb is ready to lead but we've been fighting with the carb, we went the wrong way on the Minswift and stuck the engine" said Keith Allison. Kaleb did qualify third for the Iame Challenge. The altitude tuning gives the advantage to the local Colorado teams that could test and tune at 5000 feet.

TagUSA is a tough race because of the open tires and big selection of engines available to racers. This years race was moved up a month causing many drivers to drop out of contention because of the date change. Gazelles way outnumber Cadet 2 engines and have been faster again on the big tracks of Colorado.

Johnson And Allison 1st & 2nd Wow!!

 April 20

Braden Johnson had so many months off he was about ready to go crazy. Then the first race was snowed out. He finally got to race today in Pevely Missouri and he won his first ever Cadet race in Pevely, Missouri. Braden had to fight with his fellow Tornado Factory Driver Kaleb Allison and it was a tough battle. It was Kaleb's first Cadet race too and he wanted to push the chassis to the limit. Both traded the lead in the heat race. In the final Kaleb was right there but put one wheel in the grass and that was all it took. Braden went on to win and Kaleb got second. 

"The two red Tornado's were like magnets on the track. They were all over each other and running away from the field. You would have been so proud if you could see them" said Michael Thompson. We are very proud of these two Tornado Factory drivers. Many people came over to see what new chassis these two were running because they were so fast and smooth through the corners. Congratulations Braden and Kaleb on the 1, 2 finish. Good luck next week at the Route 66 regional opener. We think these two will be wowing crowds for the next three years in this class.

The string of wins by young drivers on Cadet's for the first time continues. We are so pleased to be doing so good so early. These drivers are surpassing our expectations and making the Tornado Cadet chassis look so good. We are pleased to have such a talented teams represent our chassis and engines.

 

Cole Glasson Leads SWRC Points at age 7, Hannah 2nd

At only 7 years old, Cole Glasson is the youngest competitor in the hotly contested Southwest Regional Cup. 17 Drivers from Mexico and surrounding states have come to challenge the best Cadet racers in the South running Gazelle Engines. Cole just took delivery of a new Tornado Engines Gazelle and it did what they needed to take the lead in points. "It was fast on the straights, fast in the corners, it did everything we wanted. We were just up against the local track veteran, we ran him down, just couldn't get around him", said Tim Glasson. Cole turned the fastest time in the final race breaking the track record.

In Sunday's final Cole was up against the seasoned veteran Michael Illavia in the final and Pato O'Ward of Mexico as well as two time winner and teammate Hannah Williams. Pato had a bad start and got shuffled to the back, in the end it was a drag race between Illavia and Glasson. With the second place finish Cole takes over sole possession of first place in the series as the youngest driver in the field, with Hannah right behind in second.

It is a dream first season for our young Cadet drivers in Texas and Missouri. It's a validation for us that our Gazelles are built well and have plenty of power and the Tornado Cadet chassis is very competitive. Congratulations Cole and Hannah for a great race and for leading the points.

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