CKR is an Italian company which has been exceptionally active for several years in the world of karting. As a growing organization in karting field, CKR is very competitive, which translates into an outstanding focus to the care of the smallest of details of the production process with the objective of achieving an extremely high-quality product.
The Barracuda is its flagship chassis, designed especially for the Shifter categories (although the homologation is valid for the single-speed classes as well) and is composed of 32 mm diameter tubes. The frame’s design has not undergone major adjustments, except for some of the smaller refinements of the two longerons which have the purpose of increasing the support structure of the kart in KZ configuration.
The highly tested Sniper system is used to adjust the caster, camber and front toe geometries.
As for the accessories, CKR relied on Imaf for the seats and on the company KG for the fairings, while the magnesium rims used as the standard rim for the chassis are the result of the partnership with Douglas Wheels.
The welds of the new Barracuda are manually done, a processing choice in which CKR strongly believes in and clearly concerns all of the chassis produced by the company. The owner, Carlo De Bei explains: “Welding has a fundamental importance as it relates to the performance of a racing kart. At CKR we believe that relying on the hands of expert technicians guarantees a superior quality than robotics, which follow programmed settings. Manual welding allows the operator to monitor each step, verifying the Welds that are created”.
Beyond the well-tested welding process (the first homologation of the Barracuda chassis dates back to 2005), an aspect in which CKR has invested an immense amount of time and money to improve its top-of-the-line chassis is the durability of the tubes. Essentially, the company tried to define which were the best types of tubes to use, depending on the tires that were on the Kart.