In the world of karting competitions, the official FIA Karting (or CIK-FIA, if you prefer) rules exclusively require the use of mechanical water pumps driven directly by the kart’s engine or axle. However, different devices can be used outside of these races and this is why Marco Malverti, design manager of New-Line Racing, and Francesco Bozzano, owner of Monza-Tech, joined forces to develop the E-Water Pump, a conversion kit to transform New-Line Racing's "RACING con HTD" mechanical water pump (code N-L157) into an electrically operated water pump. It is a new product that aims to ensure water temperature stability (the pump impeller rotates at a constant speed imposed by the transmission ratio between the electric motor pulley and the pump pulley instead of based on the revolutions of the axle) and will not result in, according to the manufacturers, additional routine maintenance compared to a mechanical pump other than checking the condition of the battery. Characteristics that on paper make it a product intended for amateur kart drivers who wish to enjoy days on the track without worrying too much about the sudden changes in temperature that the engine may have while it’s running, since with a system managed in this way the water pump does not work according to the speed of the kart, but is operated constantly and stabilized by an electric motor. However, there remains the risk that the O-rings connecting the two pulleys (that of the electric motor and that of the pump) could break, effectively blocking the engine cooling system, as could happen with a normal "mechanical" system. In theory, however, it can be assumed that the pulleys of the E-Water Pump system, turning at a constant speed and without continuous slowdowns and accelerations, reduce the stresses to which the O-Rings are subjected, exposing them less to the risk of breaking.
The E-Water Pump can be mounted on any type of kart that uses a liquid cooling system and it is in great demand in the United States, where many already use this type of product in competitions with Honda engines.
The kit will be available by the end of the year, with commercial distribution entrusted to the official New-Line Racing dealers, and a list price of 470 Euros, including the New-Line Racing water pump model RACING with HTD, which has, taken individually, a price of 105 Euros (European prices).
Considering only the components installed on the kart for conversion, i.e. electric motor (588 gr), 1 battery (398 gr), dedicated wiring (59 gr) and the ignition button with 3 cables attached (148 gr) the kit has a total weight of about 1,193 grams. A weight gain that is often not noticeable by the target customers (amateur drivers often do not care obsessively about the ideal weight) to which the E-Water Pump is aimed.