The carburetor is one of the most important elements of a kart. In fact, as powerful as the engine may be, it is the air/petrol mixture which enters the combustion chamber that determines the performance of a vehicle. After analysing the operating principle of the float bowl/needle type in the "Technique" section, we decided to dedicate an article in our "Under examination" section to one of the most popular float bowl carburettors in karting, the DELLORTO VHSH 30, discovering its history and the technical solutions that characterise it.
The DELLORTO VHSH 30 is a needle carburetor invented a few decades ago. Over the years it has been developed not so much with the aim of achieving ever greater performance, but rather with the intention of providing various customers with a product capable of adapting to various needs. In fact, thanks also to the considerable adjustments available, this carburetor is a real compromise between the racing world and that of series production. Its most recent ancestor is the VHSA, but its true origins can be traced back to the PHBE 30 racing carburetor. It was a needle carburettor made of Electron, a metal alloy of magnesium and aluminium, with an easily recognisable round valve made of aluminium. for the treatment of olive green surfaces and for its lightness. Over the years, however, a bit for fashion and a bit to reach an ever higher level of performance, needle carburetors began to be equipped with the flat gas valve.
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