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
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
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.
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
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.
Blueprinted Comer Tag 60cc
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.
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
Stock MiniSwift $2155
Blue Printed MiniSwift $2665
Stealth Miniswift $3165
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.
on the 2009 Easykart International Grand Finals
Italy, October 12-18, 2009
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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”).
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.
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
He can’t wait
for next year for another chance to go up against the best
of the best!
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.
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
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.
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!
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
Tornado Cadet Update
7 Year Old Cole
Glasson Sets Pole In First Ever Cadet Race!!!
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." -
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
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!