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    Formula Desert Lites
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    Calling all moto powered buggy racers and builders. Formula Desert Lites is officially making a push to bring an exciting and cost effective form of desert racing back to the deserts of Southern California. Formula Desert Lites is not a standalone race series or promoter, but a group with the goal of getting these cars and UTV’s involved with any promoter that has the foresight to include them. Unlike other groups promoting one specific class or type of racer, Formula Desert Lites is promoting several classes of racer. Of course the popular UTV class in its standard form as seen in BITD races is included, but also a STOCK class UTV to bring in those who have yet to get a taste of desert competition. We will have classes for all of the older desert lites and pilot type vehicles as well as classes for the high revving Formula Desert buggies powered by sport bike power plants pumping out in excess of 170hp. These vehicles offer more performance and excitement for the dollar invested than other desert classes. Formula Desert Lites will be in charge of policing its own classes for rules violations through our own tech inspection. In this new environment that our sport is facing due to recent tragic events we will be asking that those involved who want to keep our sport operating the way we know it, provide volunteers from your team to help out with road crossing and course sweep activities. In exchange for the help you give, additional points will be given to you towards the year end points championship, even if you were not able to compete in the event just help out and get points. Formula Desert Lites will be aggressively seeking sponsorships to provide contingency and points championship prize money. This series will be a stepping stone for the future stars of motorsports, both Casey Mears and Jimmie Johnson started out in stadium lites and Scott Steinberger started his racing career in a Mini-Mag, the big cousin of the Honda Pilot or Odyssey. If you are worried about competing in a smaller vehicle on the course with much larger, faster vehicles, we are seeking to run either our own course or later/earlier in the day than the fastest classes. We are in talks with a promoter and will make an official announcement soon in regards to running two races this season. So if you want to join in on what promises to be one of the most fun series in the desert in a long time, pull that dusty old racer out of the garage or get to work on that unfinished project and come join us.
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    Here is a set of provisional rules they are a little older, I need to update them. I want input on them I am open to any suggestions. I am going to do my best to maiintain the stock fuel tank rule in the stock utv classes to encourage growth in this series.


    ALL CLASS RULES

    These regulations apply to all Formula Desert Lites (hereafter referred to as FDL) classes unless otherwise noted in supplementary regulations. FDL’s intent when mandating specifications for safety equipment for vehicles that will compete under FDL rules is to provide adequate protection to all entrants and spectators.

    ACR 1: DRIVERS ATTIRE

    SUIT

    REQUIRED
    1. A manufactured ONE PIECE DRIVING SUIT of fire resistant material that covers the entire body (excluding the head, hands and feet).
    2. Suit must have SFI label.

    RECOMMENDED
    1. Two (2) Layer suit.
    2. Nomex undergarment.
    3. With single Layer suit wear Nomex undergarment.
    4. Leather or fire resistant boots and driving gloves.

    NOT ALLOWED
    1. Suits with holes, tears, rips, old or worn.
    2. Oily greasy suits.
    3. Missing manufacturers or SFI label.

    HELMET

    REQUIRED
    1. A Snell Memorial Foundation SA2000, SA2005, M2000 or M2005 approved helmet is required.
    2. D rings only on straps.
    3. Snell label attached.
    4. Legible Snell sticker.

    NOT ALLOWED
    1. DOT only helmets
    2. Snaps on straps.

    RECOMMENDED
    1. Name, blood type, allergies and pertinent medical information painted on helmet.

    EYE PROTECTION

    REQUIRED
    1. Drivers and co-driver in all vehicles must have eye protection (goggles shields).

    NOT ALLOWED
    1. Vehicular movement without eye protection.

    ACR 2: EMERGENCY SUPPLIES

    FIRST AID
    REQUIRED
    1. A waterproof first aid kit must be on board vehicle at all times. Approved first aid kits will have 9 individual weather proof containers to hold the following items.

    (1) 1 – 4 inch bandage compress
    (2) 2 – 2 inch bandage compress
    (3) 1 – Triangle bandage
    (4) 8 – 2 x 3 inch adhesive bandages
    (5) 16 – 1 x 3.375 inch adhesive bandages
    (6) 10 – Prep pad packets
    (7) 1 – Eye dressing packet
    (8) 10 Ammonia packets (If available for purchase at time of inspection)
    (9) 1 – Ace bandage

    FOOD AND WATER

    REQUIRED
    1. At least one days worth of food and water must be on board vehicle.

    SIGNALING DEVICES

    REQUIRED
    1. Two free standing reflective triangles.
    2. Two large glow sticks.
    3. One orange flag to be used in the event of being stuck in the course.

    RECOMMENDED
    1. A battery powered flashing light.

    ACR 3: FIRE EXTINGUISHER
    REQUIRED
    1. Minimum 2.5 pounds “A-B-C” rated hand held fire extinguisher with a gauge.

    RECOMMENDED
    1. On board fire extinguishing system.

    ACR 4: DIP STICK
    REQUIRED
    1. Where applicable, engine and transmission oil dip stick must be secured into tube by some means.

    ACR 5: SHOCK ABSORBERS
    REQUIRED
    1. All vehicles must start racing with at least one working shock absorber on each wheel.

    NOT ALLOWED
    1. Active type suspension.


    ACR 6: WHEELS AND TIRES
    REQUIRED
    1. Tight lug nuts secured with at least one full thread showing through the nut.
    2. As of the time of the writing of these rules maximum tire size is 30” od.

    NOT ALLOWED
    1. Wheels with cracks.
    2. Worn or damaged lug holes.
    3. Closed in lug nuts.

    ACR 7: SUSPENSION SYSTEMS, CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR
    REQUIRED
    1. All systems must be secured with lock washers, lock nuts, safety wired or cotter keyed.
    2. All bolts secured with a nut must have at least one full thread showing through nut.

    NOT ALLOWED
    1. Worn or loose parts such as spindles, axle nuts, pivot points, ball joints etc.
    2. Active suspension.

    ACR 8: STEERING
    REQUIRED
    1. Safe steering systems with end play at a minimum.
    2. All parts wired, keyed or with lock washers.
    3. The wheel mounting flange must be welded into the shaft if it is not a stock production shaft.

    NOT ALLOWED
    1. Any steering system not considered safe by the technical inspector.

    ACR 9: BRAKES
    REQUIRED
    1. Functional brakes on all four corners.
    2. Brakes must be able to lock up all four corners.

    ALLOWED
    1. Turning or steering brakes.

    ACR 10: IGNITION SWITCH
    REQUIRED
    1. A switch enabling the system to be turned on or off within the reach of the driver and plainly marked, IGNITION ON / OFF.

    ACR 11: BATTERY
    REQUIRED
    1. One capable of starting the motor and operating all necessary lighting.
    2. Securely mounted with metal tie downs.
    3. Batteries mounted in the driver’s compartment must be covered with a case sufficient to hold the entire acid content of the battery in the event of a rollover.

    ACR 12: LGHTS
    REQUIRED
    1. Two taillights
    2. Two brake lights.
    3. One rearward facing Amber light.

    RECOMMENDED
    1. Two rearward facing AMBER lights, one flashing, one steady.
    2. One rearward facing BLUE light.
    3. A minimum of two forward facing driving lights.

    ACR 13: STARTER
    REQUIRED
    1. A starter capable of turning and starting the motor.

    ACR 14: FUEL
    ALLOWED
    1. Service station pump gas.
    2. Racing gasoline.
    3. Commercial aviation gas.
    4. Diesel fuel.

    NOT ALLOWED
    1. Alcohol, nitrous oxide (NOS) or nitro methane.

    ACR 15: FUEL CELL
    REQUIRED
    1. Stock fuel tanks must be removed.
    2. Safety type fuel cell must be used.
    3. Safety fuel cells shall consist of a bladder enclosed in a smooth skinned container.
    3. Cell container must be made of minimum 20ga. Steel, 0.060-inch aluminum or 0.125 inch marlex.
    4. Container must be securely mounted to vehicle with bolts or steel straps.
    5. Internal baffling is mandatory in all fuel cells.
    6. Bladder construction shall be of nylon or Dacron woven fabric impregnated and coated with a fuel resistant elastomer. Rotary molded cells are acceptable.
    7. The physical properties minimum standards are in accordance with the following table.

    Test Type - Minimum Standard
    Test Specification

    Tensile Strength - 450 lbs.
    Spec CCC-T-1916 Method 5102

    Tear Strength - 50 lbs.
    Spec CC-T-1916 Method 5134

    Puncture Test - 175 lbs.
    Spec MIL-T-6396 Article 4.5.17

    These physical properties must be maintained throughout all areas of the finished bladder including seams, joints and fittings.

    ACR 16: FUEL FILLING SYSTEM
    REQUIRED
    1. Positive locking cap
    2. Design must be of such that there is no loss of fuel in the event of a roll over.
    3. A check valve to prevent fuel from leaking if the cap and filler neck are pulled from the cell. The check valve is not required if the filler is located on or within 2 inches of the cell membrane.
    4. Fuel filler must be in a location so as not to be disturbed in forward motion or in adverse motion such as an endo or rollover.
    5. When filling with fuel it must be directed away from the engine exhaust system and driver of the vehicle by a splash system of any design that accomplishes the purpose.
    6. A flexible coupling to the cell must be provided for all fillers attached to the body or frame of the vehicle.

    NOT ALLOWED
    1. Monza or flip type caps.
    2. Vents in the drivers compartment.
    3. Glass filters

    ACR 17: THROTTLES
    REQUIRED
    1. Each vehicle must have a hand or foot throttle incorporating positive return springs.
    2. A positive stop or over-ride prevention system must be used to keep linkage from passing over center and sticking in an open position.

    ACR 18: TRANSMISSION

    NOT ALLOWED
    1. Automotive type automatic transmissions.
    2. Automotive type manual transmissions.

    ACR 19: EXHAUST
    REQUIRED
    1. Forestry approved spark arrestors or approved mufflers.
    2. Exhaust system design must be in such a way as to exit to the rear of the occupants, fuel cells and tires.

    ACR 20: OIL COOLERS
    REQUIRED
    1. Installation designed so as to prevent the oil from the cooler or its lines from blowing on the driver or co driver in the event of a failure.

    ALLOWED
    1. Cooling fans.

    ACR 21: ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS AND COOLING SYSTEMS
    REQUIRED
    1. Complete functioning charging system (type open).
    2. Complete functioning cooling system (fans open).

    ACR 22: ROLL CAGES
    REQUIRED
    1. Material must be of crew, dom, whr, wcr mild carbon steel or 4130 chromoly. 4130 chromoly is highly recommended for all rollcage construction.
    2. Stress relieve all welded intersections by flame annealing.
    3. All welds must be of high quality and craftsmanship with good penetration and with no undercutting of parent material.

    ROLLCAGE DESIGN
    All roll cages must be designed and constructed with one front vertical hoop, one rear vertical hoop, two interconnecting top bars, two rear down braces, one diagonal brace and gussets. The two top interconnecting bars must be placed as far to the outside of the top part of the front and rear hoops as possible. Rear down braces and diagonal brace must have a minimum angle of 30 degrees from vertical. Opened-wheeled vehicles built only wide enough for a single seat are excluded from having the diagonal brace (although the diagonal brace is highly recommended for the single seat vehicles). At the bottom of the diagonal brace there must be a cross member of the same tubing material and dimensions as the hoop. All roll cage components (hoops, braces, gussets, etc.) must have a minimum of 3-inch clearance from the component to the vehicle occupant’s helmets when occupants are seated in their normal riding/driving positions. All portions of the roll bar or bracing that might come into contact with the vehicle occupant’s helmets must be padded.

    Cages must be securely mounted to the frame or body. All intersecting points must be gusseted and braced. Cab or body mounted roll cages must be bolted through the body structure and be attached by use of a minimum two 0.1875-inch thick doubler plates (one on each side of body structure). Bolts and nuts must be at least 0.375-inch-diameter s.a.e. Grade 8 or equivalent aircraft quality. Welding of cab or body mounted roll cages to body structure is strictly prohibited. Roll cage terminal ends must be attached to a frame or body member that will support maximum impact and not shear or allow more than 1.5 inches of movement in the cage terminal end.
    All vehicles must have at least one side bar on each side of vehicle that will protect occupants from side impact. The side bars must be of the same tubing material and dimensions as the rest of the roll cage. The side bars must be as close to parallel to the ground as possible, be located to provide maximum protection to the occupants, and be securely welded to the front and rear hoops. The location of the sidebars must not cause difficulty in entering or exiting the vehicle.
    Gussets constructed of 0.125-inch x 3-inch x 3-inch flat-plate or split, formed and welded corner-tubing, or tubing-gussets made of the same material and thickness as the roll cage may be used. Gussets must be installed at all major intersections, including diagonal and rear down braces, where single weld fractures can affect occupants’ safety.

    MINIMUM MATERIAL

    Weight Tube Size
    Under 1,000 lbs 1 ¼” x 0,83”
    Under 2,000 lbs 1 ½” x 0.90”

    Race vehicles with a stock roll cage as manufactured (such as the Honda FL350) will be reviewed on a case by case basis. If allowed the cage must in as new condition, NO EXCEPTIONS.

    ACR 23: SAFETY HARNESS
    REQUIRED
    1. Heavy duty five point harness for driver and co-driver/co-rider.
    2. Metal to metal connections and fast release buckles.
    3. Two 3” shoulder straps and a 3” lap belt plus a minimum of one 2” anti submarine lap belt.
    4. Manufacturers name and date of manufacture on a label.
    5. Harness material of nylon or Dacron.
    6. Clean belts in like new condition and must be replaced after three years of the manufactured date.
    7. Adjustment buckles must be at least 1 ½” from the seat to prevent chafing or loosening.

    RECOMMENDED
    1. Seat belt replacement every year.
    2. Sternum straps on shoulder harness.

    NOT ALLOWED
    1. Y type belts
    2. Push button type release.
    3. Dirty, stained, frayed or cut belts.
    4. Outdated belts.
    5. Surplus harnesses.

    ATTACHMENTS

    REQUIRED
    1. Crotch straps as close to the front of the seat as possible so upward movement of the belt is kept to a minimum.
    2. Shoulder Harness behind the driver co-driver/co-rider approximately 4” below the top of the shoulders.
    3. Lap belts 2 ½” ahead of where the seat and back rest meet.
    4. All mountings must be directly to a structural member.
    5. Mounting material must be hardened steel bolts at least 5/16” in diameter.
    6. Belt hardware must be safety tied or cotter pinned.

    ACR 24: SAFETY NETS
    REQUIRED
    1. Formula Desert Lites approved safety nets are mandatory on all vehicles and must cover the complete open area of the cockpit on both sides of the vehicle.
    2. Nets must be installed on the inside of the roll cage to prevent them from being damaged or coming off in the event of a roll over or slide on the side.
    3. Nets attached to doorframes are permitted as long as door has a positive secondary latching device.
    4. Nets must be installed so that the occupants can release the netting unassisted and exit the vehicle regardless of the position of the vehicle.
    5. Net installation must meet with the approval of the chief technical inspector.
    6. The net border or edge and the net attachment must be made of materials that are as strong or stronger than the net itself.
    7. Net attachments must be every 6 inches. Acceptable attachments are not limited to the following: hose clamps, snaps, heavy-duty nylon ties, lift-a-dot, metal hooks and steel rods. Steel rods are acceptable methods of bottom fastening.
    8. The roof must be covered with sheet metal or aluminum.

    ACR 25: SEATS
    REQUIRED
    1. All seats must be securely fastened to a structural member so as to allow no movement up and down, for and aft or side to side.
    2. Seat must be manufactured to take the intended abuse of racing.
    3. A minimum of four (4) points are to be used in fastening any seat.

    NOT ALLOWED
    1. Stock type seats, folding seats or racing seats with separate backs.
    2. Seats mounted to body or floor.

    HEAD AND NECK RESTRAINTS

    REQUIRED
    1. The seat behind the head and neck area should be padded (at least 2” thick over an approximate 36” square area) with a material of sufficient quality to prevent whiplash.

    ALLOWED
    1. Head and neck bracket subject to approval of the technical inspector.

    ACR 26: DRIVERS COMPARTMENT
    REQUIRED
    1. The vehicle occupants must be able to enter and exit, unassisted and with great ease, the driving compartment with the vehicle in any position
    2. Firewalls and/or bulkheads must separate drivers compartment from any fuel, engine fluids or acids.

    ACR 27: DOORS AND LATCHES
    REQUIRED
    1. All vehicles with operational doors must have positive locking mechanisms and must have a permanently attached positive secondary latching device.

    ACR 28: ROOFS
    REQUIRED
    1. The roof must be covered by sheet metal or aluminum.
    2. Must be a minimum of .060” in thickness.

    ACR 29: FIRE WALL
    REQUIRED
    1. An all metal fire wall must separate the driver’s compartment from the engine and any fuel sources.
    2. This wall must be fuel tight and extend from shoulder height to the floor and sides of the body.
    3. The fire wall must extend at least 1” higher than the top of the fuel cell.

    ACR 30: WEIGHT
    1. Race ready weight, less driver, but with 20 gallons of gas or a full tank whichever is less.

    ACR 31: FLOORBOARDS
    REQUIRED
    1. Belly pans or floorboards must cover the complete driver’s compartment.
    2. If the floor is not part of the body or chassis at least five (5) ¼” bolts per side must be used to fasten it to the structural parts of the vehicle.

    ACR 32: BUMPERS
    REQUIRED
    1. Rear bumper secured to frame constructed of 1 ½” x 0.90” minimum DOM or stronger tubing.
    2. Safe front bumper.
    3. Ends must be capped and rounded to prevent any sharp edges.

    ACR 33: MIRRORS
    REQUIRED AND MUST BE FUNCTIONAL

    ACR 34: SKID PLATES
    REQUIRED
    1. Skid plates designed to reasonably protect the front suspension, steering and brake components are recommended on all vehicles. Skid plate must be made of metal and be securely attached.

    ACR 35: EQUIPMENT, TOOLS, PARTS etc.
    REQUIRED
    1. Anything on or in a vehicle must be fastened securely enough so that they will remain attached during competition,

    ACR 36: BODY PANELS-DOORS, HOODS & FENDERS
    REQUIRED
    1. Some type of body panels should be used for driver protection. They should be installed in a manner so as not to interfere with entering or exiting the vehicle.
    2. Panels must be installed in a manner so as to remain in place during competition.

    ALLOWED
    1. Quick release or dzus fasteners.
    2. If a UTV type vehicle is used, stock hood, fenders and some type of door panel may be used.

    ACR 37: HOSES
    REQUIRED
    1. Acceptable condition of hoses.
    2. Hoses securely clamped and or safety wired.
    3. Acceptable protection for any hose passing through the driver’s compartment to protect the driver in case of hose failure.

    ACR 38: NUMBERS

    ACR 39: ADVERTISING
    REQUIRED
    1. Good appearance and in good taste.
    2. Not to interfere with identification numbers.

    ACR 40: RADIOS
    RECOMMENDED
    1. A working radio able to transmit and receive.
    NOT ALLOWED
    1. Any race or support vehicle radio equipment is strictly prohibited from interfering with or disrupting race communications on all frequencies allotted to the amateur radio band, public service band, marine band and aircraft band as permitted by FCC rules.

    ACR 41: WORKMANSHIP
    REQUIRED
    1. Good professional appearance.
    2. Approval of the technical inspector.

    ACR 42: SECONDARY SUSPENSION
    ALLOWED
    Secondary suspension includes leaf springs, torsion bars, coil-over shocks, air bags, haga balls or any other item, other than shock absorbers and the stock concept suspension system that came with the vehicle, that changes the wheel rate at any point in its travel.
    Air shocks will be considered secondary suspension when charged to 200 psi in their fully extended state and the static pressure exceeds 300 psi when fully compressed.
    Movable bump stops will be considered secondary suspension when they contact the suspension unit more than 4 inches before the end of the wheels upwards travel.

    ACR 43: WHEELBASE
    Wheelbase is measured from the center of the hub on the front axle to the center of the rear hub at ride height. If a difference is noted from one side to the other, an average will be used.

    ACR 44: TRACK
    Track will be considered the distance from the outside of the tires at the furthest points as viewed from the front of the vehicle. Maximum outside track will be measured by passing between the official FDL track device during tech.

    NOT ALLOWED
    1. Changing of wheels and tires after tech inspection so as to affect track width.




    CLASS RULES



    FORMULA MOTO
    A single or two seat four wheeled vehicle being powered by an engine originating from a production Motorcycle/Snowmobile/ATV/UTV type vehicle (All engines will be reviewed and approved by Formula Desert Lites). The intent of this class is to provide a place for vehicles who do not fit into an existing class structure an opportunity to compete. Drivers will have the opportunity to vote on the legality or fairness of any vehicle that is placed into Formula Moto.
    This is an open class and all components will be considered open unless stated in the class rules.


    ACR’s
    Vehicles shall comply with all ACR’s unless stated in the class rules





    FORMULA 1200

    A single or two seat four wheeled vehicle being powered by an engine originating from a production Motorcycle/Snowmobile/ATV/UTV type vehicle (All engines will be reviewed and approved by Formula Desert Lites). 1200cc four stroke maximum displacement. 800cc two stroke maximum displacement.
    This is an open class and all components will be considered open unless stated in the class rules.

    ACR’s
    Vehicles shall comply with all ACR’s unless stated in the class rules

    WHEEL BASE
    See ACR 39
    100” maximum

    TRACK WIDTH
    See ACR 40
    86” maximum


    FORMULA 800

    A single or two seat four wheeled vehicle being powered by an engine originating from a production Motorcycle/Snowmobile/ATV/UTV type vehicle (All engines will be reviewed and approved by Formula Desert Lites). 800cc four stroke maximum displacement. 500cc two stroke maximum displacement.
    This is an open class and all components will be considered open unless stated in the class rules.

    ACR’s
    Vehicles shall comply with all ACR’s unless stated in the class rules

    WHEEL BASE
    See ACR 39
    95” maximum

    TRACK WIDTH
    See ACR 40
    80” maximum



    FORMULA LITE

    A single or two seat four wheeled vehicle being powered by an engine originating from a production Motorcycle/Snowmobile/ATV/UTV type vehicle (All engines will be reviewed and approved by Formula Desert Lites). 600cc four stroke maximum displacement. 440cc two stroke maximum displacement. (The 750 weber as found in the redline revolt is allowed, must maintain stock displacement.) FDL retains the right to impose various restrictions to certain power plants if they show a major advantage over another.


    This is an open class and all components will be considered open unless stated in the class rules.

    ACR’s
    Vehicles shall comply with all ACR’s unless stated in the class rules

    WHEEL BASE
    See ACR 39
    95” maximum

    TRACK WIDTH
    See ACR 40
    80” maximum

    STOCK UTV

    Vehicles marketed as a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV). FDL at its discretion may segregate makes into sub categories of the stock class, such as STOCK RHINO, STOCK POLARIS RANGER, or alternately an engine size based segregation.
    This is a STOCK PRODUCTION category; the vehicle must remain stock except where specific authorization is given in the following class specific rules.


    ACR’s
    Vehicles shall comply with all ACR’s unless stated in the class rules


    SCR1: OCCUPANTS
    All entrant vehicles must have a driver and a co-driver in the vehicle for the duration of the race.

    SCR2: SUSPENSION
    Front and rear suspension components must be stock as delivered from the manufacturer. All suspension mounting points must be in stock location. Strengthening of stock mounting points is allowed.

    SCR3: SHOCK ABSORBERS
    Front and rear shock absorbers must be stock as delivered on the vehicle and mounted in stock location. Number of shocks must be stock as delivered from the factory. Springs are open as long as they are in stock location and retain stock concept.

    SCR4: BUMP STOPS
    Original bump stops, or equivalent. No Hydraulic Bump stops.

    SCR5: TIRES
    Maximum tire size is 30 inches outside diameter.

    SCR6: STEERING
    All steering components must be stock as delivered from the manufacturer and is safe working order. EXCEPTION…Steering wheel may be of any manufacturer. Quick release hubs may be installed.

    SCR7: DRIVE TRAIN
    Front and rear differentials and drive axles must be stock and fully functioning.

    SCR8: TRANSMISSION
    Transmission case and internals must be stock as delivered from the manufacturer. Functioning reverse gear is mandatory.

    SCR9: CLUTCHES
    Drive pulley must be stock with all stock components. Spring tensions may not be altered. Pulley faces may not be modified. Arms may not be lightened. Driven pulley

    SCR9: CLUTCHES: cont.

    must be stock. Spring may be wound to owner’s preference. Belt must be stock size and shape.

    SCR 10: BRAKES
    Brakes and all associated parts must be stock as delivered from the manufacturer. Brake pads may be of any manufacturer as long as stock concept and mounting methods are retained. No steering brakes allowed.

    SCR 11: FRAME
    Frame must be stock as delivered from the manufacturer. No modifications allowed other than strengthening and repair. No modification in design or dimensions allowed.

    SCR 12: ROLL CAGES:
    Roll cage may be stock or built to series specifications as laid out in ACR22 We may mandate other exceptions to this rule as the need arises. All vehicles must have at least one side bar on each side for protection in the event of a side impact. The side bars must be a minimum of 1.5” X 0.90” tubing. The side bars should be mounted as close to parallel to the ground as possible and be located to provide maximum protection for the occupants as possible. The bars shall be securely welded to the front and rear hoops. The location of the side bars must not cause difficulty in entering or exiting the vehicle.

    SCR 13: LEG GUARDS
    Each vehicle will need to have leg guards installed at a minimum. Door panels are an acceptable alternative as long as doors do not have the ability to be open and closed.

    SCR 14: SAFETY NETS
    Approved safety nets are required on all vehicles. Nets shall be mounted in accordance with ACR 24. EXCEPTION… Approved arm restraints instead of nets.

    SCR 15: SAFETY HARNESS
    ACR 23

    SCR 16: BATTERIES
    Batteries must be securely mounted with metal-to-metal tie downs. All flooded cell batteries must be fully enclosed including the sides and bottom. Enclosure must be able to contain the quantity of acid contained in the battery if inverted. Batteries may not be located in the driver’s compartment. Batteries will be considered as being in the driver’s compartment if there is no firewall between the battery occupants of the vehicle.

    SCR 17: LIGHTS
    All vehicles must have a minimum of two taillights, two brake lights and two rear facing amber lights; one flashing, one steady.

    SCR 18: IGNITION
    Must be stock as delivered from the UTV manufacturer.

    SCR 19: ENGINE
    1. Engine case, crankshaft, rod and main bearings must remain stock as delivered from manufacturer. Engine must be mounted in stock location.

    2. Cylinder/Cylinders must be stock. Routine maintenance overbore allowed to factory specifications.

    3. Piston/Pistons must be stock. No lightening or skirt modification.

    4. Cylinder head and gasket must be stock. Compression must not exceed factory spec.

    5. Ignition system must remain stock as delivered from factory.

    6. Carburetors or fuel injection system must be stock and use all stock components including manifold

    SCR 20: COOLING
    Stock cooling systems must be maintained. Auxiliary fans may be added but original radiator must be maintained. No secondary coolers allowed.

    SCR 21: EXHAUST
    Exhaust system must be stock as delivered from manufacturer. Any pipe that has been cut or re-welded, or seems louder than stock may be deemed illegal and disqualified.

    SCR 22: AIR FILTER
    Air filter housing must be stock, in stock location. Any filter may be used in stock location.

    SCR23 FUEL TANK
    Fuel tank, and fuel pump must be stock and in stock location. Stock venting must be changed to a vent tube that follows the 3 sides and down routing system. The end of the fuel tank vent tube must to routed away from the exhaust. Fuel filter is open.

    EXCEPTION: if fuel tank is modified it must be in accordance with ACR15

    SCR 24: SEATS
    Seats may be stock but it is highly recommended that a purpose built racing seat be installed.

    SCR 25: FLOORBOARDS
    Stock floorboards may be replaced with heavier duty metal or aluminum.

    SCR 26: BODY
    Stock body components in original position and mounting methods mandatory. Supplemental mounting devices may be added.

    SCR 27: WHEELBASE
    Must remain stock.

    SCR28: TRACK WIDTH
    Must remain stock plus or minus two inches.

    SCR 29: WHEELS
    Any manufacturer wheel may be used. Maximum outside diameter 14”. Wheel must bolt onto factory stock hub without the aid of adapters, no drilling of hub permitted.

    SCR 30: SECONDARY SUSPENSION
    Not allowed.

    SCR 31: BUMPERS
    Stock bumpers shall be retained. Additional nerf bars may be installed.

    SUPERSTOCK UTV

    The rules for SUPERSTOCK UTV shall be the same as STOCK UTV with the following exceptions.

    SSCR1: SUSPENSION
    Any suspension kit that is readily available to the general public is allowed as long as it does not require modification to the stock frame, and utilizes the stock mounting locations.

    FDL retains the right to disallow any suspension kit or individual part that is found to break the spirit of the rule.

    SSCR2: SHOCKS
    Any direct bolt on replacement shock, available to the general public that is marketed for use on a UTV.

    MODIFIED UTV

    This class is intended for highly modified purpose built racing UTV’s based on stock production frame and engine combinations. Maximum displacement at the time of the writing of these rules is 1000cc. Only vehicles marketed as a UTV in the United States of America will be allowed to compete. A detailed list of eligible UTV’s can be obtained by contacting FDL directly.
    This is an open production class and all components will be considered open unless stated in these class rules.

    ACR’s
    Vehicles shall comply with all ACR’s unless stated in the class rules

    MCR1: SUSPENSION
    All a-arm mounting points must remain the stock design, and remain in the stock location as delivered from the manufacturer, they may be reinforced for strength.

    MCR2: TRACK WIDTH
    Maximum track width is 74”

    MCR3: WHEELBASE
    Maximum wheelbase is 8” over stock as measured from spindle to spindle.

    MCR4: SHOCK ABSORBERS
    One shock absorber per wheel maximum. Mounting locations may be modified or moved.

    MCR5: BUMP STOPS
    Solid bump stops only.

    MCR6: SPRINGS
    The only springing system allowed is a coilover shock.

    MCR7: ENGINE
    Mod class UTV engines must use stock engine block and head castings. All internal modifications are open. No turbos allowed unless on diesel engines.

    MCR8: CHASSIS
    Stock chassis is required. Chassis must match body, engine combination. Frame may be strengthened by adding material but basic shape and design must be maintained as well as stock dimensions.

    MCR9: TRANSMISSION
    Stock transmission and clutch design must be used. Stock rear differential must be used.


    FORMULA UTV

    This class is intended for highly modified purpose built racing UTV’s based on current production vehicles marketed as a UTV in the United States.
    This is an open class and all components will be considered open unless stated in the class rules.

    ACR’s
    Vehicles shall comply with all ACR’s unless stated in the class rules

    F1CR1: TRACK WIDTH
    76” Maximum

    F1CR2: WHEELBASE
    8” over the stock wheelbase of UTV that the vehicle is based on.

    F1CR3: CHASSIS
    The frame shall be either be a stock, modified stock frame or custom built tube chassis. All chassis must retain the stock inner pivot points as that of an existing UTV marketed in the United States.

    F1CR4: ENGINE
    1000cc max displacement. Must be a four stroke motorcycle engine. Must match body of UTV being used as basis for the vehicle i.e. YAMAHA RHINO BODY with YAMAHA R1 engine and so on.

    F1CR5: BODY
    Body must be based on an existing UTV marketed in the United States. Flares and vent holes allowed however must retain similar profile as stock body. Body is defined as Hood and Bedsides. FDL retains the right to deem certain bodies as not allowable if they do not meet the spirit of the rule. Body must be in place throughout the duration of the event except for cases of accidental damage.
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    Looks great!

    Why your working on the rules I had a couple inputs.

    Most events have both a Long event and a Short event. On both events you need water but on long events you need water, food, lights, flashlights, glow sticks, etc. Short events you usually don't. Maybe group those things into long or short?

    In the Score rule book that most organizations go by under brakes state simpley that they must have enough stopping power to "lock up" all four tires. Does not say you have to run brakes at all four corners of your car. For example those of us with center carriers are only using a single brake. They are strong enough to lock up both back tires. So I know most of the minis are all built like this.


    All those rear lights is going to put some serious drain on our small staters..
    Most organizations just require 2 tail, 2 brakes, 1 amber and smaller/slower cars 1 blue.
    You have another flashing amber? If we race in our own group and our own class why the extra flashing light and the extra blue light? Would or could that be used only when the promotor calls for it?
    For example this is a run in our own class or with motorcycles etc. only no big cars so the extra amber and blue are not needed.
    Or for racing this organization then an extra flashing and blue are needed? Think it could be an as needed bases?


    And last but not least wheel base. You go from 1200cc at 100" wheel base to 800cc and drop clear down to 83? Should it not be like 90 or just under 100 anyways?
    Just asking because im curious where the such short wheel base comes in for desert racing and with 800cc? I would think for desert racing you would want the most you can but still stay a mini so under 100" seems more then fair. If not 90.
    I am building a car for that size and roughly class but my wheel base is 90-92. I went as long as I could as this is desert racing. There is no way I can shrink 10 inches at this point. But can not go buy a 1200cc engine either. The width drops by a lot also.. not sure but you go from 86 to 74.. wide.. I think I can make that... but in all fairness it seems like 86 to 76 is fair..

    I think maybe you should have another class for 500cc's or less and that class should have the rules you just posted and move the 800cc class up into the middle of those. Just my thoughts and input.

    Also you may want to include a spec class then for say Revolts? So they can all run together and be factory or sponsor backed like Desert Lites are. Then the buggies can be in their classes and open to build for desert racing.


    Anyways just some questions.
    Thanks.



    Anyways the rules look good just some questions.
    But other wise well written and off to a great start good luck.
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    Now you can see why I posted these as a work in progress. This is a group for the racers to develop this into the best possible group of classes for moto powered vehicles. Me and XMOTORCR have been back and forth on the split between the 1200 and 800 in fact we had a 600 class that was aimed at the old desert lites (74" wheelbase 72" track), I cut it out and kind of split the differance on wheel base between the 800 and 600 class so as not to have so many classes at first. We plan on a spec class in the near future but that will only happen with factory involvement.

    I think I might just go back to laying it out like this

    F1200 100" WB 86" TRACK
    F800 95" WB 80" TRACK
    FLITE 83" WB 74" TRACK 600cc 4stroke 440cc two stroke (stock 750 weber allowed)

    I will work on the light rules to loosen them up for events where we are not sharing a course with full size class 1 cars.

    As far as the emergency supplies I will make a note about not needed for short course. The food and water thing I wish I had one time on a 20 mile loop in ara when I got off course and broke down...summer sun in barstow sucks! and an energy bar might have been good too lol

    I think rules should be done with a board type situation where one man does not control all decisions. I nominate TUT to be on that board along with Jerry aka XMOTO
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    I think for the kind of cars that are currently being built.. IE mostly home built not so much spec at the moment the new rules you just posted for classes and wheel base really seem like the way to go.
    It's not like the old days when everyone was mostly using Pilots and just modifieng them. Now everyone.. almost... is trying to build their own buggy just like the pros and wants to race what they built. I think that is great. So that is why I think the new rules are good as well. Nice, those have my vote so far.

    As for water I think that is a must don't get me wrong we always have our camel packs and then a small bag in the center of the car with some water bottles and power bars, beef jerky etc. as sometimes you brake down and help is a little ways to getting to you if your in a bad spot or just far out. I agree to water always.. should'nt go without.. also you can use it in a pinch to refill a rediator and reload when you get back to pits. but don't tell anyone I said that.

    I do think with the smaller engines to many lights may cause a problem.. especially once you add things like an air breather with its fan going, radiater fan... as fans draw a ton of wattage, then a radio, intercom, lights, tail and headlights, amber and power to run the buggy all off a small battery.
    Again this all depends on where you race and safety first of course.. I am sure everyone will work it out one way or another with LED lights etc.
    But it might be nice to just input on where we race or what organization we are racing with may determine what you run. IF we race with a org. with other bigger cars then the full kit of lights must be on.. must.. safety first.
    If we are the biggest cars.. minus a rhino or utv then tails and a amber is plenty. Maybe that rule can just be posted on the sign up flyer or web site under conditions etc. As most people will want to know the details to determine if they want to even race with bigger cars etc.?

    I like the board idea.. Maybe set it up that you can be voted onto the board if you have raced your mini at an event for "X" amount of times and are in it for the season and long haul so you can vote on making improvements and changes for the best??? something like that?
    That way people are seriously voting on whats best for the FDL group and not just themselves.

    Also if you get a chance take a look in the stadium lite section on here and see how many threads and posts go on about rules.. sheesh pages and posts.. But in the size section it comes up with pretty much what you now have or close... so thats good.. anyways good info and insite on what people with minis that want to race our thinking in there.

    Well cool and glad to see your open to ideas thats great. I managed to get the front done on my car and am very happy with my results... so moving right a long towards getting it ready to race so very cool.


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    Hi
    You probably noticed that I had taken a stab at something similar. The main difference was that I was trying to start an independent series to be run on a shorten track using mostly existing tracks in the Barstow area. I simply could not find Insurane.
    It appears that you are trying to have your races within existing races/promoters. Similar to what the JeepSpeed series does. This is a good idea and in fact I was starting to think along the same lines.
    The issues here are that you' ll have to abide by the safety rules in the specific promoters organization. As far I can tell NONE allow cages of 1 1/4" tubing. The common reson given is that even though for a under 1000lb vehicle the cage would be adequate, you are sharing the track with much larger and faster vehicles. In a collision this could get dangerous. So seperate races to allow 1 1/4" tubing would be a must.
    I have to admit that I was also disheartened by responces that wanted almost no safety requirements were in a majority. They simply wanted to put a helmet on and go racing. I actually saw this first hand in a race at Pala. They were racing in t-shirts and jeans with cages of doubious quality. Fuel Cells? What fuel cells? This was from the UTV crowd....
    With this said I am willing to help you if you need. I live in Hesperia.
    Most existing promoters usually have a sportsman class which would be ideal to enter in and keep a seperate scoring system, again as long as you follow the existing safety rules.
    Speaking about location. Are you planning to make this a moving series like JeepSpeed? This could be hard financially for guys interested in this kind of racing. There will be a few that can afford to run in multiple lcations but I suspect that most only want to race locally
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    I would suggest single carb single pipe for the two strokes on the lite class to prevent a sno cross 440 engine from ruling the class and bump it back up to 500 to allow the CR500 cylinder Pilots. Either that or lower to 400 and have a 600cc class for the 500 Pilots and 600 Drakart Formula Crosses already out there.
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    Looks just like what a lot of us have been waiting for. Keeps us updated on the races...
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    regarding the rules and the Honda Pilot's and Odysseys
    ACR 2 Where will all this required equipment fit at in these small vehicles? One day's worth of water and food? We talking a gallon, a case of 20 oz disposables? Crackers and trail bars or hot dogs and a BBQ?
    Triangles and flags take up quite a bit of room along with a 9 compartment first aid kit?
    ACR 12 Why all these lights? I have a stock tail/stop light 3x6 inches, and a led amber strobe light 2x4 inches that is visible 100 yards plus. The added drain on the battery and wieght off all these extra lights will surely drain the battery!
    ACR 15... These Honda's have been around for 20 plus years and have the safest fuel tanks built and designed by Honda, why remove it for something "new" and with out near as long of a track record???
    ACR 20 no need for an oil cooler on a 2 stroke!
    ACR 22 is the Stock OEM roll cage on a pilot or Odyssey approved, or do I need to "buy an aftermarket cage??? I refer to the 20+++ year track record!!!
    ACR 24.8 The Odyssey came with a metal roof, the Pilot has a small PLastic roof OEM will this need to be replaced?
    ACR25 Stock seat on a Pilot is far better than a suspension seat... I have never wrecked with a suspension seat, but the one piece construction of the pilot has held up for 20+ years and several crashes... Proven design from Honda...
    ACR 26 Bulkhead on a Honda Pilot or Odyssey is certian death to a motor... Needed to help cool the engine I again revert back to the 20+++ years of proven performance from Honda...
    ACR 29 Firewall is the same as a bulkhead since it is a rear engine system...

    I have raced this pilot here in Texas, with Whiplash in Arizona, and at Glen Helen's Short course events, I would be very interested in this venue
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    Hi all, im currently building a 450 yfz powered buggy that will be 66 track and about 93 wheel base and I had thoughts of doing some sort of desert racing. I gess that will be in the 1200 class? Its hard to package a 6 foot 3 person in something shorter. Any thoughts on setting up the rules that just the engine size defines the classes? one way or another, im in.
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