Technical regulations for the 2008 World Superbike Championship have finally been anounced allowing 1200cc twins to compete in next year championship. As predicted in MCN three weeks ago the new rules will see 1200cc twins have to run with a weight penalty, air restrictors and use some standard engine internals, whislt the only change to the 1000cc four cylinders is that there weight limit will be reduced by three kilograms to 162KG.
Below are the main points of the new technical regulations. See MCN out on Wednesday 20th June for full infornmation and what the teams had to say about the changes.
· Minimum weights.
o 2 cylinders over 850cc up to 1200cc: 168kg
o 4 cylinders over 750cc up to 1000cc: 162kg
Minimum weight of 2 cylinders over 850cc up to 1200cc will be updated, if needed, during the Championship in steps of ±3kg to 171kg as a maximum and 162kg as a minimum.
Only 2 cylinders over 850cc up to 1200cc will be fitted with air-restrictors. Initial size will be equivalent to a Ø50mm circular area. Air-restrictors size will be updated, if needed, during the Championship in steps of ±2mm of diameter in a range from equivalent to a Ø46mm circular area to no air-restrictor at all.
· Tuning level.
All machines will have the same level of tuning presently applied to 4 cylinders over 750cc up to 1000cc, with the exception of connecting rods that must be standard for 2 cylinders over 850cc up to 1200cc.