Very interesting post where I find myself on both sides of the fence.
I understand the support angle as it is very hard to go-it alone. Some of us, myself included, need the factory information or the availability of local parts and advice to be competitive.
Yet, I too don’t want to be another “red” kart or “blue” kart in the crowd. I was one of the first to run a GP kart in the U.S. and thoroughly enjoyed being a little different. And the GP was/is a great kart.
I now run a Birel, which means I’m one of a few million “red” karts. As a team owner, I have to go where I go, based on the current situation. Should a new kart enter the market, and it has “enough” support, I might go that way. Not that I’m unhappy being one of the million “red” karts; the Birel has been exceptional, easy to tune, and fast. Still, I like being different. Right now, I’m looking at the DR. We’ll see….