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Tag 60cc Engineering By Tornado Engineers

Some very young drivers did phenomenally well in 2008 with our Gazelle and Tag 60 engine program. Buddy Lazier's son Flinn took the pole at the Tag USA Worlds, Kaleb Alison ran from last to first in the final with his Miniswift/Tornado, and Cole Glasson had a great run with his Gazelle. Glasson and Williams ran up front all season as the youngest drivers in a large field at the SWRC. We also took two of the top four spots in the Cadet 2 class at the worlds. Since then we have built engines for all over the world and done very well.  If you need an engine rebuilt or would like us to select a new one for you we'll be happy to help you get to the front. Recently we rebuilt a Easykart Tag 60 and it won the race against a national champion!

High frequency shaking, cryo treatment to below 300 that goes up and down 1 degree a minute for three days, line boring, friction reduction, stabilization during break in.... why do we do all these things and more? Because it is what it takes to make a stock engine better. To build the best C50's in the world we had to pile into R&D, we took that materials knowledge to the Tag 60 world, we couldn't just leave it all behind. The other answer is because you want to go faster, you want to push it harder and run leaner longer. You want to win.

We are not like the other builders that blueprint the next motor and ship it out. We push the envelop on testing after we find a good piece to start with. In the end all that work pays off because most of the time in the big races the top 5 are only .07 seconds apart. If we can hold the cylinder straighter a bit longer at high temps then your driver can pass at the end of the straight after a long 18 lap race. We believe that what our customers want is not the cheapest engine but a really good one built by an engineer that cares about the finer details inside the engine. You aren't looking for a machinist that punches out engines all day, you want someone that sorts through these and knows what to look for. Comer is making the K80's better now after a bit of unequal production runs. Now is a good time to upgrade to more horsepower.


The methods used are legal for IKF, Stars, WKA  Tag USA and most other groups. It is a combination of several small details and searching for the motors with the best potential. No two motors are the same. The technology to test our C50 engines has helped the K80 and Tag program immensely. The dyno we utilize is the smallest water brake dyno for kart engines and helps us see inside the Tag 60 as the rings seat and the engine develops peek horsepower. It gives us the ability to test carburetor set ups in conjunction with flex length to give you more all around power.  We've been know as the worlds premier Comer C50 builder and now we have taken that commitment to the Tag 60 program. We showed up at the Tag USA Championships in Denver this year with two drivers and will be back with six drivers next year. With over 200 hours of testing and dyno time slated for 2008 alone. Right now we have eight Gazelles in the shop for testing and development.  If you have a Tag 60 and want to see us make it faster then send it up. If you're a top runner and want to test our Tag 60 against your current engine builder we'll arrange a test. The Gazelle 60 are faster than the Mini Swifts and you get a ten pound advantage under the rules.



Get your engine from the most competitive area of the world and watch just how fast it is compared to what you are running today. California is the center of the Kart racing world and the center of engine development with 70 percent of the worlds top 2 cycle kart engine builders.

Our Tag 60  engines are not highly machined. They are an investment because they are hard to find and time consuming to test, but because they are gifted and set up correctly you are passing people on the track legally. There is much satisfaction in a win where you pass everyone and get checked thoroughly in tech. When you are declared the winner in tech and everyone walks away scratching their heads that's very satisfying because you and your driver did it within the rules.














 Comer Tag 60cc



Blueprinted Comer Tag 60cc Complete $2450

Gazelle Tag 60cc Engine


Gazelle 60cc Blueprinted Falcon Engine $2665



Gazelle 60cc Stealth Engine $3195 + shipping - Stealth Engines  are picked from multiple engines that we purchase or test. They can be new or used but they perform at a slightly higher standard and have a better shaped dyno curve. They take a while to build because of the length heat treating and cooling process we utilize in cycling the engine to get the performance where we want it. They meet the specs and are legal engines. If you want to experience the power of a Stealth order yours today and give us as much time as you can to find it and bring it to life.






Parilla MiniSwift

This is more of a race engine than it's sister Gazelle. It doesn't last as long but has more power and a pill based carburetor that can be easier to adjust for the new racer. This is sold as a complete package.

Stock MiniSwift $2155

Blue Printed  MiniSwift $2665

Stealth Miniswift $3165







Miniswift Tag 60cc Blueprinted Falcon Engine $2665  



Miniswift Tag 60cc Blueprinted Stealth Engine $3165  




Special Notes:

The Key To The EasyKart Lock

We had the good fortune to work with a Florida Team this year. Brian Lockwood traveled to Italy and had a chance to challenge the best drivers in the world. We were happy to play a part in the journey that got him the free ride to Italy. What was the key to his success this season, drive, determination and attention to detail rarely seen in karting by his crew chief.  Reports on engine testing include track conditions, race conditions, and other variables often missed by crew chiefs. Brian and his Father made a good team and pulled off the state championships to get a free trip to Italy for the world title.

Thank you for including us in your experience Brian. For many people victory lane is the top of the podium only, for us, getting a free trip to Italy is victory lane. Thank you Brian for taking us to Victory Lane with you!


Brian Lockwood Sporting Tornado Wear In Italy

Here is the report from Italy.

    Reflections on the 2009 Easykart International Grand Finals 

      Siena, Italy, October 12-18, 2009 

      By Brian R. Lockwood  

      We had never raced outside of Florida.  Although our in-state competition is great—in addition to the native Floridians, we regularly have kids from Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean competing here—the competition in Italy for the 2009 Easykart International Grand Finals was going to be the best of the best from 15 countries—76 drivers in all. 


      Making our task more challenging was that unlike the Continental European competitors who, for the most part, brought their own karts to a track where they’d already raced, we were being provided with a new kart and engine for a track of which we’d only seen pictures and diagrams. So not only did we have to finish assembling and fitting the kart, we had to spend the better part of one day’s track sessions breaking in the engine.  Although this gave Brian, my son, the opportunity to run the kart around the track and familiarize himself with its layout, it wasn’t the same as learning the track at speed.  Additionally, we’d had to fit what tools, parts, etc. we were going to bring into a suitcase that weighed less than 50 lbs full.  It wasn’t like being at home…. 

      We had heard from those that had gone before us in previous years that “they’re real aggressive over there.”  In Florida, unfortunately “aggressive” often equates to “thuggish”.  However, watching the practice sessions in Italy, “aggressive” was a beautiful sight to behold:  a quick flick of the wheel, maybe a tap, and the overtaking kart was past, just like that.  I came to understand the difference between Italy and Florida:  in Italy, if you left the door open just a tiny crack, someone would seize the opportunity to go through it.  Cleanly, no thuggery.  It was magical.   


      Brian said that before he’d come to Italy he thought he was a good driver (in fact, he was).  However, having now practiced with kids from all over the world, Brian realized he wasn’t the best of the best, and that he had some learning to do.  Brian’s driving coach, Jefferson Jorge, who'd come from Miami, helped him immensely in this process.  


      Our week went well and we progressively improved over the course of it.  Based upon qualifying times and finishes in two heat races, among the four USA 60cc drivers, Brian was ranked the highest going into the final day of racing. 

      One of the most memorable events of the week didn’t involve racing.  It was the “Parade of Nations” that took place prior to the finals.  The drivers all came to the front straight, national anthems playing and national flags flying.  Brian was proud and honored to be representing the United States in a foreign land.  The USA’s 60cc boys—Colin Warren, Christopher Morrison, Justin Wood, and Brian—had an American flag that they enthusiastically held aloft as they walked down the straightaway.   

      Brian’s final race day ended abruptly:  a first-turn push from behind spun him around, then he was hit violently by a back marker, sending Brian and his kart into the air, breaking chunks of aluminum out of both right side wheels, tearing loose the starter battery from its mounting, and severely bending his rear axle.  Thankfully, the kart sustained the damage and Brian was unhurt.  In two and a half years of racing, it was his first ever DNF (“Did Not Finish”). 

      Robert Shwartzman of Russia, who was last year’s 60cc champion, won the championship again this year in what was almost a photo finish.  Italians Mattia Drudi and Ronaldo Roberti finished second and third. 

      Brian’s experiences over the course of the week in Italy provided him with valuable lessons in his ongoing racing education.  He was a better driver by the end of the week than he was at its beginning. 

      He can’t wait for next year for another chance to go up against the best of the best!




EasyKart Win

Recently a client came to us to rebuild his Easykart Tag 60 engine. It's basically the same as the Gazelle but with 62cc's and the Easykart label stuck on it. There are a few extra restrictions placed on the class and builders but now it's not sealed engine. After the race they took about our client's engine completely and wanted to inspect it overnight. It was legal and they must have worked hard to figure out what was different. So much of what happens in racing inside the engine is hard to see, the smallest of changes can make the difference. Knowledge and testing is what pays dividends in these spec classes. If you have an Easykart engine and would like to run up front give us a call.

Kaleb Allison Runs From Back Row to Lead Race at the Tag USA World Championships

Kaleb had his work cut out for him at the Tag USA world championships. His crew chief had never tuned at 5000 feet of altitude.  After engine troubles caused them to switch engines Kaleb ran from last place to lead the race. He passed ever other kart in the large field of IAME challenge. He was passed for the lead at the end and almost got it back at the line. In his first year in Cadet's as the youngest driver we are proud of his success.

Kaleb also won 5 of 6 races to win the Route 66 Tag class championship.













Williams and Glasson Take 1st and 3rd at SWRC Race

Two of the youngest drivers in the field of 16 take 1st and 3rd with our Tornado Gazelle engines. It's a great showing for our young drivers and Gazelle blueprinted engines. Hannah lead by so much that she went off the track, got back on and still won the race! Get your Gazelle on order today by calling (415)860-29866474.

















2008 Tornado Tag 60's Take 1st, 2nd and 3rd with Cole, Michael and Hannah in Texas!!!












Three Tornados Tag 60's in the field in Texas last weekend and 1st, 2nd, 3rd was the result!! Our engines held up very well and continue to win with some of the youngest drivers on the circuit. Two of these three just left kid karting in the last three months and the other is an eight year old. 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.




Look at that wheel lift on Hannah's kart. That's why 7 and 8 year olds can win so early in their Cadet careers. Check out our line of Tornado Cadets today!








Cole Glasson Wins In Oklahoma!!

Cole and Tim Glasson traveled away to Oklahoma to test the Tornado Cadet and ComerJet 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 found speed. 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!




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



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