2015 EKN Chassis Showroom: Birel ART

New era in the sport begins in 2015 as one of the biggest brands merges with reputable operation

EKN is excited to offer a new editorial series for our readers – our ‘Chassis Showroom’. Over the next couple of months, we will be highlighting many chassis manufacturers and the importers / dealers who are responsible for making these karts available to the North American karting community.  The market is filled with models for all levels of competition, from four-cycle to shifterkarts, and the new offerings are really great looking.

Importer: MRP Motorsport
MRP Motorsport-logoJust as is the case with so much of the karting community, MRP Motorsport is a family-based operation. Garry Lobaugh began karting with his family in the 1980s, in southern Michigan, running from their Chicago-based home. The family’s love for the sport eventually grew into a passion and a business, as Garry became involved with the ownership of Kristy’s Rolling Green Raceway in Michigan. From there, a relationship with the Birel brand was formed, and MRP Motorsport was launched, importing the top Italian brand. Over the last few decades, MRP Motorsport has been responsible for the strong expansion of the Birel dealer network, and building the team resume that includes a long list of talented drivers won races and championship aboard the brand. From 2008 to 2011, Birel and MRP won the Manufacturers Trophy in the World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup Series.

Featured Dealer: 3G Kart Racing
3G Kart Racing logoBased in the Houston, Texas metropolitan area, 3G Kart Racing has been one of the driving forces of the Birel brand on the national karting scene for the past few seasons. 3G is led by Dave Pauly, who started karting at the age of 50, and turned his passion for the sport into a business venture in 2006. During the 2013 season, 3G was a championship-winning team in the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour with Jordon Musser in S4 Master Stock Moto. 3G is also a major supporter of the Gulf Coast Kartways in Katy, Texas, along with the Texas ProKart Challenge series that features Superkarts! USA and United States Rotax Max Challenge regional competition.

Featured Dealer: Cambrian Go-Karts
Cambrian Go-Karts logoOnly open for the last 10 years, Cambrian Go-Karts brings loads of experience to the northern California karting scene. Led by Don and Donald Durbin, the father-son duo became well-established figures in the karting community prior to opening up their business. With Cambrian Go-Karts, they are now able to share their love of the sport and use their experience to bring others into karting. A long-time Birel dealer, Cambrian is embracing the new Birel ART product, and is scheduled to be at a number of major West Coast events in 2015, all while keeping its core regional and club trackside support program going strong.

Chassis: Birel ART
BirelART logo2015 is the start of a new era for the brand, with the merger of the historic Birel marque and the newer ART GP effort, creating Birel ART. The Birel name came into the sport during the early years of karting, as the Sala family developed their first karts in late 50s. They would go on to earn numerous world karting championships and major victories all over the world. The ART brand was founded in the winter of 2004/2005 around their junior formula open wheel car programs. The organization eventually developed a karting program in 2011. Success came quickly for the brand, earning a number of victories throughout Europe. Now, the combination is producing the new Birel ART name and ready for a big impact in 2015.

The chassis that has already gained major victories is the CRY30-S7 (32/CH/20). Designated for shifterkart racing and DD2 action, the frame has already delivered great results with the early production model scoring a huge SuperNationals victory in the KZ2 category, and the same base chassis opening the 2015 Florida Winter Tour season with a sweep of the DD2 and DD2 Masters divisions. There is now a larger range of ride-height adjustment for the rear axle to increase both braking efficiency and traction.

The RY30 chassis has been one of the best all-around for both Junior and Senior classes, in 100cc, TaG and Rotax competition. The new RY30-S7 (32/CH/20) model is even more versatile, allowing for a wide range of tire compounds and varying classes, while maintaining ease of set-up and successful results.

For the Junior and lower-horsepower Senior divisions, the AR28Y is the newest model that is ready for the track. With its on-going development and the 1010mm wheelbase, the chassis is the perfect size for the new Mini Max rule package. The chassis works well for 100cc categories, in addition to the growing Briggs & Stratton LO206 division that is growing throughout North America.


Birel ART-CRYModel: CRY30-S7
Frame tube size: 30mm
Wheelbase: 1045mm
Spindle size: 25mm
Front width: 715mm
Rear width: 645mm
Length: 1600mm
Front hub: 85mm (Aluminum or Magnesium)
Rear hub: 90mm (Aluminum or Magnesium)
Front Wheels: DF 130mm
Rear Wheels: DF 210mm
Brakes: Hydraulic RR or Freeline 01 (180mm)
Seat: Freeline Fiberglass (IMAF Racing seat optional)
Steering Wheel: 340mm
Bodywork: Freeline 12/17 EVO or KG


Birel ART-RYModel: RY30-S7
Frame tube size: 30mm
Wheelbase: 1045mm
Spindle size: 25mm
Front width: 635mm
Rear width: 715mm
Length: 1600mm
Front hub: 85mm (Aluminum or Magnesium)
Rear hub: 90mm (Aluminum or Magnesium)
Front Wheels: DF 130mm
Rear Wheels: DF 210mm
Brakes: Hydraulic RR or Freeline 01 (180mm)
Seat: Freeline Fiberglass (IMAF Racing seat optional)
Steering Wheel: 340mm
Bodywork: Freeline 12/17 EVO or KG


Birel ART-ARModel: AR28Y
Frame tube size: 28mm
Wheelbase: 1010mm
Spindle size: 17mm
Front width: 640mm
Rear width: 580mm
Length: 1425mm
Front hub: 75mm
Rear hub: 100mm
Front Wheels: DF 130mm
Rear Wheels: DF 180mm
Brakes: Hydraulic RR or Freeline 01 (180mm)
Seat: Freeline Fiberglass (IMAF Racing seat optional)
Steering Wheel: 320mm
Bodywork: Freeline 12/17 EVO or KG


Dealer List:

MRP Motorsport
105 N. Elm Street
Three Oaks, MI 49128
269-756-9133
mrpmotorsport.com

3G Kart Racing
21815 Katy Freeway – Suite C116
Katy, TX 77450
281-599-0851
3gkartracing.com

Cambrian Go-Karts
599 E. McGlincy Lane
Campbell, CA 95008
408-377-5278
cambriangokarts.com

Full Throttle Karting
525 W Katella Ave.
Orange, CA 92867
714-289-0432
fullthrottlekartingshop.com

Comet Kart Sales
2650 West Main Street
Greenfield, IN 46140
317-462-3413
cometkartsales.com

Shark Shifter
20855 SW Old Pacific Hwy
Sherwood, OR 97140
503-538-1325
sharkshifter.com

PGP Motorsports Park
31003 144th Avenue SE
Kent, WA 98042
253-639-7223
pacificgp.com

Two Cycle Technology
3551 Hubertus Rd.
Hubertus, WI 53033
262-628-2438

Andersen RacePark
10101 US Highway 41 North
Palmetto, FL 34221
941-723-3900

Carolina Motorsports Park
3662 Kershaw Highway
Kershaw, SC 29067
803-475-2448

Cherry Valley Motorsports Park
4930 Route 20
Lafayette, NY 13084
315-677-9771

CKT Racing Engines
2901 West Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60175
630-513-5857

Collison Racing
916 Dover Street South
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada N3H-5B7
519-653-0647

Concept Haulers Motor Speedway
3674 East 2603rd Road
Sheridan, IL 60551
815-496-2467

Driveway Austin
8400 Delwau Lane
Austin, TX 78725
512-971-9100

Hannen Motorsports
305 Oakland Valley Road
Cuddebackville, NY 12729
845-754-8500

JC Karting
20851 Johnson St Ste 104
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
786-210-4115

Laukaitis Racing
3775 Cundiff Road
Decatur, IL 62526
217-877-8877

Miller Motorsports Park
2901 Sheep Lane
Tooele, UT 84074
435-277-8000

Atlanta Gran Prix Karting
350 Old Oxford Rd
Covington, Georgia
678-961-8980

Rysa Racing
3970 NW 132nd Street Bay A
Miami, FL 33054
305-687-8711

Shupps Kart Shop
517 East Northampton Street
Bath, PA 18014
484-281-3259

Stockholm Motorsports Park
13185 US 12
Cokato, MN 55321
320-286-3200

Team AZ Karting
250 South Mulberry
Mesa, AZ 85202
480-941-4455

The Track at Centennial
13600 Eagle Rock Road
Englewood, CO 80112
303-706-9300

Trinity Karting Group
2848 US Hwy 50
Batavia, OH 45103


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