An interesting point to think about is how many changes being made to the gold cup are to make racing more cost effective. Switching to more stock gas powered engines that last longer between rebuilds without loss in power. Makes sense. Bolting an engine that costs less than $1000 onto a now $4000+ go kart with a 50mm axle doesn’t make much sense though. If someone shows up and dominates the next race on a 4800 OTK kart I don’t think the reaction will be to go buy one, it will be to quit. On the other hand, if the expensive Euro karts are not competitive they won’t waste their time competing either. The more I think about it the more it just seems pointless.