WALSH RACE CRAFT IS BUILDING A GEN-3 STARK VARG E-SPORT QUAD

WALSH RACE CRAFT STARK VARG by the Staff of Dirt Wheels

Walsh develops chassis and suspension components for the top names in ATV racing, including multi-time and defending ATVMX champion Joel Hetrick. – Photo by Stephen Tripp

WALSH RACE CRAFT STARK VARG ALPHA 80-HORSE GEN-3 SPORT QUAD

Mike Walsh, owner of Walsh Race Craft, is well known for developing some of the best ATV racing products used by national-level pros across North America. Walsh turned his passion for ATV racing into a career in 1996 after fabricating his first swingarm, followed by other ATV suspension components. At the turn of the century, he built Harold Goodman’s TRX250R-based hybrid race quad powered by a Yamaha YZ400F engine. Since then, he’s worked with the most recognizable names in ATV racing history like Doug Gust, Joe Byrd, Chris Borich, Chad Wienen, and possibly the fastest racer to ever throw a leg over an ATV, four-time and current ATVMX champion Joel Hetrick.

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Quiet electric motors like that of the 80-horse Stark Varg Alpha could lead to new innercity e-motocross tracks and e-racing series.

As of late, Walsh has been busy developing the Walsh Gen-3 pro racing chassis that will universally accept any manufacturer’s ATV or dirt bike engine. He’s also building frames to accept 2-stroke engines like the KTM300 and the Canadian Panthera 600.

Earlier this year, Walsh obtained a new Stark VARG Alpha electric dirt bike, the bike Travis Pastrana claimed has “more take-off-torque than I could ever handle.” The intent is to develop a motocross-focused ATV that takes full advantage of the lithium-powered 80-horse motor. “The goal is to build this into a Gen-3. I feel in my heart that this powerplant is going to rip if it is what they say it is, and we’re going to find out real soon. I think the torque is going to be outrageous,” claimed Walsh.

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Dyno performance testing of the Stark Varg dirt bike at Walsh Race Craft.

The Stark VARG has over 100 ride modes that adjust the power curve, engine braking, flywheel effect, and traction control. It can be dialed to match any displacement and riding style. Walsh continued: “I’m not into EVs, but I feel like if this thing makes the power, I’m all for it. I couldn’t be more excited.” In our recent conversation with Walsh, he shared that the build has a number of development challenges, and there’s a learning curve involved when riding it. There’s no clutch and no gears, just twist and go. If a traditional sport quad throttle sticks, the rider can grab the clutch to stop it, so that’s a safety consideration going forward. On the 2-wheeled side of racing, the debate continues whether the Stark VARG can be raced alongside gas-powered shifters or should a new e-class be formed. We’re sure the same discussion would cross over to four wheels if electric power catches on.

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The project is all about power and massive torque. In the powersports arena, nobody expects electric power to replace traditional gas engines. It’s just one more option that will lead to new sport quad development and racing opportunities.

Keep up with Walsh Race Craft’s latest creations online at WalshRC.com.

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