Injection moulded chain guard innovation gives Superkart competitive edge
15 October 2017
New chain guard is lighter, lasts longer and is cheaper to manufacture. The glass reinforced nylon polymer superkart chain guard chain has greater strength and impact absorption, plus being lighter provides a small performance gain.
Superkarting is well-known as the kindergarten for most of today’s top professional F1 drivers.
The highly competitive nature of the sport is often under estimated, as there are so many leisure karting locations across the UK. However, Superkarts have a gearbox, clutch and aerodynamic bodywork, and are significantly faster than a normal kart.
Injection moulded chain guard reduces weight, costs and lasts longer
Chain driven, the chain guards are a key component and are typically made from fibreglass. The key issue with this is the robust nature of wheel-to-wheel circuit racing which often takes it’s toll on the guard. Chains often damage the guard during a race, but more catastrophic than that, the chain can ‘jump off’ the sprockets and the race is over.
Injection moulded chain guard can help prevent a race day failure
Tex Plastics were approached to help design a chain guard which would provide a longer lasting solution to help overcome these race day failures. The result was a cheaper, lighter injection moulded chain guard which lasts longer – up to 6 races or more is typical. The glass reinforced nylon polymer super kart chain guard has greater strength and impact absorption – keeping the chain spinning with minimal contact to the chain guard.