In recent years, the official commitment of many manufacturers in the Mini 60 races has increased the level of the category and the development of materials. Kart Republic, the new brand by Dino Chiesa, takes up the challenge by completing its range of vehicles with the new KR Mini, analyzed in preview by TKART in the 2020 version
Established in a non-homologation period, the Mini 60 kart by Kart Republic uses the existing homologation of the Opportunity model by Paroling Kart Racing.
The frame has 28 mm diameter tubes, as per the regulations, and is equipped with accessories that can be compared to those of the upper level categories. Like the “bigger brothers” of the KR range, the Mini’s floor plate is made out of a durable resin. This floor plate is lighter and more flexible which guarantees a greater torsion of the chassis and impossible to scratch on the lower parts even when passing on the curbs.
The pedalboard is adjustable and is secured to the steering shaft through a support bracket. It is deliberately a very simple choice to control the cost, given that its need is limited by the growth of the driver. The stub axles have a 10 mm pin while the steering shaft has 3 holes to adjust its position.
The KR Mini is adjustable in height at the rear and it has an interesting solution for the fastening the seat in place with a bushing welded to the chassis to which a metal bar is secured. This allows to change the seat and modify the position of its support several times without the risk of damaging the chassis.
The new KR Mini, in the 2020 configuration, mounts at the rear the front brake caliper of the AP06 system by Parolin Kart Racing. The caliper is completely machined from a solid single block of aluminum and maintains an excellent rigidity despite the compact and tapered shape it consists of to minimize its weight as much as possible. Inside it, two pistons operate which have a diameter of 27.5 mm. The attachment is radial and designed to reduce torsion when braking. The disc brake is floating and self-ventilating and has a diameter of 150 mm. The master cylinder with an integrated oil recovery tank has a classic shape, it is machined from a solid block of aluminum and has a diameter of 22 mm. The lever, to which the rod leading to the break is attached, it has three possible settings. In the highest position, the driver will need to use less force on the pedal in order to brake, while the center and lower settings increase the amount of pressure needed to be applied to the pedal.
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