Technology is the the evolution from what you know to learning about something that changes the way you think!
ChainDragGONE's ZQ1 engine mount falls squarely in the arena performance enhancement through technology. By isolating the engine from the chassis, the engine performs in a manner that lets the block expand and contract due to the thermal requirements that the current 6061 t6 plates do not.Understanding the benefits that are associated with technology are as near as the Rocket and Space Museum in Huntsville, Alabama. The space program studied this phenomena and found that it was crucial to how quick we could produce a rocket that would propel a human in to space but the engineers had to overcome the problem of vibration and harmonics that the Saturn 5 rocket produced. This was necessary to avoid the instantaneous destruction due to frequencies and harmonics the rocket propulsion system produced. The single cylinder 4 cycle engine has many of the same uncontrollableharmonics The engine does not start at the race rpm so having it cycle from idle to clutch lock, then race rpm is a process that takes theengine through a very unstable rpm range getting to the race rpm for which it is designed to race . Remember, the rocket when it is launched is not at flight speed but needs to accelerate to the speeds to free itself from the earths gravity. Flight engineers and scientists learned they needed a heck of a lot of HPor thrust to achieve this; in excess of 7million lbs of thrust to get the Gemini space capsule into orbit. Being able to isolate a systems in a submarine or a rocket ship or a go-kartis extremely important. The key consideration is the effect that these vibrations have on surrounding objects. Think about driving your family vehicle without engine mounts or transmission mounts installed. Do you think that there would be a noticeable difference in the way your vehicle rode and the noise in the cabin area?Think about being at a drag race and listening to a top fuel car fireor make a pass or burn out. If you ever had that opportunity, it will raise the hair on your neck because it is such a display of power. The sound waves that emanate from the exhaust tubes complete the transmissibility of vibration through the air and ground which are different mediums! But with that being said the complete guidelines of mounting the engine to the chassis and the rear axle placement provides engineers with a complex anddifferent set of guide lines for managing that unreal nitro fired power.
How does all of this affect the go-kart that you are racing on a Saturday night? The circumstances are minimal compared to the examples above, but the ability to isolate the engine from the chassis and the chassis from the engine are monumental. I will use this example: If you race a flat head engine and are installing it on your regular engine mount, did you have to force the engine on the 4 studs that mount the block to thekart? If so you need to go back and find out why, because something is very wrong with your set up! Now on the other hand after a weekend of racing have you had to pry the engine off the mount? If so did you wonder why, or did you try to bend the 1/2 inch wrenchinto a “U” over torqueing the nutsbecause they wereso tight?What has taken place is that the chassis flex combined with thehot-cold cycle of the engine has tightened the block down on the mount in such manor as to restrict the expansion and contraction needed because of the dissimilar materials that are being used resulting in the effort you need to remove the engine from the standard mount.
ChainDragGONE’s use of a proprietary, manmadecomposite material providesa mounting platform that isolates the engine from the chassis and enables the engine to operatefrom start upto race rpm without any restrictions from differentmount requirements. The operating temperature effects the engines ability to maximizeits horsepower and the expansion and contraction of a flash casted engine block is much more rapid thanthe solid engine mounting plate. Thedesign of the extruded aluminum frame engine base mount also plays a major role in the transfer of motion and flex in to the engine base plate. This combination of parts actually works against the optimumization of the engine to maximizeits short and long term power gains.The term “short and long term” is associated with week afterweek of racing rather than one race to switching another engine for a different classes.
I hope that this is helps readers understand why the ZQ1 is necessary and works.