WORCS ALLOWS HYBRID ATVS IN PRO CLASS
Check out 10-time pro champ Beau Baron's new CRF450R-powered Honda.
The World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS) recently announced a new rule change for the pro class that allows hybrid ATVs into competition. The new wording reads – “Quad must have no bigger displacement than 450cc. Hybrid must have the stock geometry of the stock frame (size, width, length, weld points, location of suspension mounts.) Frame should be stock other than gussets to help with frame strength and motor mounts to mount new motor. Aftermarket suspension parts (Shocks & A-Arms) are acceptable. Only motors allowed are motors that are currently in production by a manufacturer. No one off custom motors allowed. Example- Different manufactured motor can be placed in another manufacturer’s frame.”
We know of at least two pro racers that are currently building similar hybrid Hondas, which they plan to debut at round one January 20-22 in Primm, Nevada. 10-time WORCS champion Beau Baron just sent us this teaser photo of his new hybrid Honda, which is nearing completion. That’s a TRX450R frame stuffed with a new CRF450R dirt bike engine. The new build makes more power while shedding a few extra pounds.
Pro Racer Roberto Villalobos is also debuting his hybrid CRF450R Honda at round one. The new machine is being built by Kevin Avina, and was recently seen going through dyno runs at PEP Performance and Tuning.
Watch for detailed write-ups on both of these machines in upcoming issues of Dirt Wheels Magazine.