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The “mini” we’ve all been waiting for!

Seven Motors, in collaboration with Birel Art, is launching a new category for children between 11 and 14 years. It uses an 80 cc engine with gearbox and, with 25 hp, promises to deliver very high performance. Ideal for young people who move on to cars as early as 15 years of age. BY P. MANCINI
The new Seven L8 Jr for the KZ Junior, single-brand Birel Art-Seven, photographed next to a KZ 125: note how the 80 cc engine looks like a KZ in scale

The idea of mounting an engine with a gearbox on a mini-kart is certainly not new and, in the past, people have already done so. Today, to create a new category in a sector already scourged by an excessive fragmentation of the driver park, as it is in national karting, could be considered useless, but the idea of a Mini KZ may instead represent a turning point, that innovation that always makes good in the world of motorsport. We were almost on the verge of creating – we, yes, us at Vroom -a mini-car with a Minarelli AM 6 or Derbi EBE 6-speed motorbike-derived engine when we heard from the “radio box” that at Seven they were ready to launch a new single-brand class in collaboration with Birel Art using a new 80 cc 6-speed engine. The concept from which this project starts is extremely simple: if at 15, young drivers can already compete with cars, why not prepare them for making the jump by training them with a kart equipped with a gearbox, moreover at the steering wheel?

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In this issue: Exclusive!!! Seven L8 Jr Motori Seven, in collaboration with Birel Art, is launching a new category for children between 11 and 14 years. It uses an 80 cc engine with gearbox and, with 25 hp, promises to deliver very high performance. LEGEND THE HISTORICAL COMPANIES OF MADE IN ITALY: BIREL TRACK TEST OTK AXLES Paddock ANTHONY ABBASSE, PAOLO DE CONTO, MARCO ARDIGÒ CROC PROMOTION, DANILO ROSSI INTERVIEW PHIL BRITZ Close up OTK GROUP ROTAX DEKM FOCUS NEW AIR FILTER KG POWER 250 SUPERKART ENGINES LEGENDARY KART ZOOM BY MECCANICA MODERNA MILANO