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**formula desert lites rules**

Here is the rulebook for the FD LITES series. I would like input as it relates to the Revolts. I am leaning towards allowing you to have an aluminum/steel box built to enclose your tanks instead of the cell at this time but would prefer an actual cell. I have concerns also as far as refueling and spillage. The battery can be in a metal box instead of a full firewall also. Again any input would be great!!!!

ALL CLASS RULES

These regulations apply to all Formula Desert Lites (hereafter referred to as FDL) classes unless otherwise noted in supplementary regulations. FDL’s intent when mandating specifications for safety equipment for vehicles that will compete under FDL rules is to provide adequate protection to all entrants and spectators.

ACR 1: DRIVERS ATTIRE

SUIT


REQUIRED
1. A manufactured ONE PIECE DRIVING SUIT of fire resistant material that covers the entire body (excluding the head, hands and feet).
2. Suit must have SFI label.

RECOMMENDED
1. Two (2) Layer suit.
2. Nomex undergarment.
3. With single Layer suit wear Nomex undergarment.
4. Leather or fire resistant boots and driving gloves.

NOT ALLOWED
1. Suits with holes, tears, rips, old or worn.
2. Oily greasy suits.
3. Missing manufacturers or SFI label.

HELMET



REQUIRED
1. A Snell Memorial Foundation SA2000, SA2005, M2000 or M2005 approved helmet is required.
2. D rings only on straps.
3. Snell label attached.
4. Legible Snell sticker.
NOT ALLOWED
1. DOT only helmets
2. Snaps on straps.

RECOMMENDED
1. Name, blood type, allergies and pertinent medical information painted on helmet.

EYE PROTECTION

REQUIRED
1. Drivers and co-driver in all vehicles must have eye protection (goggles shields).

NOT ALLOWED
1. Vehicular movement without eye protection.

ACR 2: EMERGENCY SUPPLIES

FIRST AID


REQUIRED
1. A waterproof first aid kit must be on board vehicle at all times. Approved first aid kits will have 9 individual weather proof containers to hold the following items.

(1) 1 – 4 inch bandage compress
(2) 2 – 2 inch bandage compress
(3) 1 – Triangle bandage
(4) 8 – 2 x 3 inch adhesive bandages
(5) 16 – 1 x 3.375 inch adhesive bandages
(6) 10 – Prep pad packets
(7) 1 – Eye dressing packet
(8) 10 Ammonia packets (If available for purchase at time of inspection)
(9) 1 – Ace bandage

FOOD AND WATER

REQUIRED
1. At least one days worth of food and water must be on board vehicle.

SIGNALING DEVICES

REQUIRED
1. One orange flag to be used in the event of being stuck in the course.

RECOMMENDED
1. A battery powered flashing light.
2. Two free standing reflective triangles.
3. Two large glow sticks.

ACR 3: FIRE EXTINGUISHER

REQUIRED
1. Minimum 2.5 pounds “A-B-C” rated hand held fire extinguisher with a gauge.

RECOMMENDED
1. On board fire extinguishing system.

ACR 4: DIP STICK

REQUIRED
1. Where applicable, engine and transmission oil dip stick must be secured into tube by some means.





ACR 5: SHOCK ABSORBERS

REQUIRED
1. All vehicles must start racing with at least one working shock absorber on each wheel.

NOT ALLOWED
1. Active type suspension.

ACR 6: WHEELS AND TIRES

REQUIRED
1. Tight lug nuts secured with at least one full thread showing through the nut.
2. As of the time of the writing of these rules maximum tire size is 30” od.

NOT ALLOWED
1. Wheels with cracks.
2. Worn or damaged lug holes.
3. Closed in lug nuts.

ACR 7: SUSPENSION SYSTEMS, CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR

REQUIRED
1. All systems must be secured with lock washers, lock nuts, safety wired or cotter keyed.
2. All bolts secured with a nut must have at least one full thread showing through nut.

NOT ALLOWED
1. Worn or loose parts such as spindles, axle nuts, pivot points, ball joints etc.
2. Active suspension.

ACR 8: STEERING

REQUIRED
1. Safe steering systems with end play at a minimum.
2. All parts wired, keyed or with lock washers.
3. The wheel mounting flange must be welded into the shaft if it is not a stock production shaft.

NOT ALLOWED
1. Any steering system not considered safe by the technical inspector.

ACR 9: BRAKES

REQUIRED
1. Functional brakes on all four corners.
2. Brakes must be able to lock up all four corners.

ALLOWED
1. Turning or steering brakes.


ACR 10: IGNITION SWITCH

REQUIRED
1. A switch enabling the system to be turned on or off within the reach of the driver and plainly marked, IGNITION ON / OFF.

ACR 11: BATTERY

REQUIRED
1. One capable of starting the motor and operating all necessary lighting.
2. Securely mounted with metal tie downs.
3. Batteries mounted in the driver’s compartment must be covered with a case sufficient to hold the entire acid content of the battery in the event of a rollover.
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ACR 12: LGHTS

REQUIRED
1. Two taillights
2. Two brake lights.
3. One rearward facing Amber light.

RECOMMENDED
1. Two rearward facing AMBER lights, one flashing, one steady.
2. One rearward facing BLUE light.
3. A minimum of two forward facing driving lights.

ACR 13: STARTER

REQUIRED
1. A starter capable of turning and starting the motor.

ACR 14: FUEL

ALLOWED
1. Service station pump gas.
2. Racing gasoline.
3. Commercial aviation gas.
4. Diesel fuel.

NOT ALLOWED
1. Alcohol, nitrous oxide (NOS) or nitro methane.

ACR 15: FUEL CELL

REQUIRED
1. Stock fuel tanks must be removed.
2. Safety type fuel cell must be used.
3. Safety fuel cells shall consist of a bladder enclosed in a smooth skinned container.
3. Cell container must be made of minimum 20ga. Steel, 0.060-inch aluminum or 0.125 inch marlex.
4. Container must be securely mounted to vehicle with bolts or steel straps.
5. Internal baffling is mandatory in all fuel cells.
6. Bladder construction shall be of nylon or Dacron woven fabric impregnated and coated with a fuel resistant elastomer. Rotary molded cells are acceptable.
7. The physical properties minimum standards are in accordance with the following table.

Test Type - Minimum Standard
Test Specification

Tensile Strength - 450 lbs.
Spec CCC-T-1916 Method 5102

Tear Strength - 50 lbs.
Spec CC-T-1916 Method 5134

Puncture Test - 175 lbs.
Spec MIL-T-6396 Article 4.5.17

These physical properties must be maintained throughout all areas of the finished bladder including seams, joints and fittings.

ACR 16: FUEL FILLING SYSTEM

REQUIRED
1. Positive locking cap
2. Design must be of such that there is no loss of fuel in the event of a roll over.
3. A check valve to prevent fuel from leaking if the cap and filler neck are pulled from the cell. The check valve is not required if the filler is located on or within 2 inches of the cell membrane.
4. Fuel filler must be in a location so as not to be disturbed in forward motion or in adverse motion such as an endo or rollover.
5. When filling with fuel it must be directed away from the engine exhaust system and driver of the vehicle by a splash system of any design that accomplishes the purpose.
6. A flexible coupling to the cell must be provided for all fillers attached to the body or frame of the vehicle.

NOT ALLOWED
1. Monza or flip type caps.
2. Vents in the drivers compartment.
3. Glass filters

ACR 17: THROTTLES

REQUIRED
1. Each vehicle must have a hand or foot throttle incorporating positive return springs.
2. A positive stop or over-ride prevention system must be used to keep linkage from passing over center and sticking in an open position.





ACR 18: TRANSMISSION

NOT ALLOWED
1. Automotive type automatic transmissions.
2. Automotive type manual transmissions.

ACR 19: EXHAUST

REQUIRED
1. Forestry approved spark arrestors or approved mufflers.
2. Exhaust system design must be in such a way as to exit to the rear of the occupants, fuel cells and tires.

ACR 20: OIL COOLERS

REQUIRED
1. Installation designed so as to prevent the oil from the cooler or its lines from blowing on the driver or co driver in the event of a failure.

ALLOWED
1. Cooling fans.

ACR 21: ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS AND COOLING SYSTEMS

REQUIRED
1. Complete functioning charging system (type open).
2. Complete functioning cooling system (fans open).

ACR 22: ROLL CAGES

REQUIRED
1. Material must be of crew, dom, whr, wcr mild carbon steel or 4130 chromoly. 4130 chromoly is highly recommended for all rollcage construction.
2. Stress relieve all welded intersections by flame annealing.
3. All welds must be of high quality and craftsmanship with good penetration and with no undercutting of parent material.

ROLLCAGE DESIGN
All roll cages must be designed and constructed with one front vertical hoop, one rear vertical hoop, two interconnecting top bars, two rear down braces, one diagonal brace and gussets. The two top interconnecting bars must be placed as far to the outside of the top part of the front and rear hoops as possible. Rear down braces and diagonal brace must have a minimum angle of 30 degrees from vertical. Opened-wheeled vehicles built only wide enough for a single seat are excluded from having the diagonal brace (although the diagonal brace is highly recommended for the single seat vehicles). At the bottom of the diagonal brace there must be a cross member of the same tubing material and dimensions as the hoop. All roll cage components (hoops, braces, gussets, etc.) must have a minimum of 3-inch clearance from the component to the vehicle occupant’s helmets when occupants are seated in their normal riding/driving positions. All portions of the roll bar or bracing that might come into contact with the vehicle occupant’s helmets must be padded.

Cages must be securely mounted to the frame or body. All intersecting points must be gusseted and braced. Cab or body mounted roll cages must be bolted through the body structure and be attached by use of a minimum two 0.1875-inch thick doubler plates (one on each side of body structure). Bolts and nuts must be at least 0.375-inch-diameter s.a.e. Grade 8 or equivalent aircraft quality. Welding of cab or body mounted roll cages to body structure is strictly prohibited. Roll cage terminal ends must be attached to a frame or body member that will support maximum impact and not shear or allow more than 1.5 inches of movement in the cage terminal end.
All vehicles must have at least one side bar on each side of vehicle that will protect occupants from side impact. The side bars must be of the same tubing material and dimensions as the rest of the roll cage. The side bars must be as close to parallel to the ground as possible, be located to provide maximum protection to the occupants, and be securely welded to the front and rear hoops. The location of the sidebars must not cause difficulty in entering or exiting the vehicle.
Gussets constructed of 0.125-inch x 3-inch x 3-inch flat-plate or split, formed and welded corner-tubing, or tubing-gussets made of the same material and thickness as the roll cage may be used. Gussets must be installed at all major intersections, including diagonal and rear down braces, where single weld fractures can affect occupants’ safety.

MINIMUM MATERIAL

Weight Tube Size
Under 1,000 lbs 1 ¼” x 0,83”
Under 2,000 lbs 1 ½” x 0.90”

Race vehicles with a stock roll cage as manufactured (such as the Honda FL350) will be reviewed on a case by case basis. If allowed the cage must in as new condition, NO EXCEPTIONS.

ACR 23: SAFETY HARNESS

REQUIRED
1. Heavy duty five point harness for driver and co-driver/co-rider.
2. Metal to metal connections and fast release buckles.
3. Two 3” shoulder straps and a 3” lap belt plus a minimum of one 2” anti submarine lap belt.
4. Manufacturers name and date of manufacture on a label.
5. Harness material of nylon or Dacron.
6. Clean belts in like new condition and must be replaced after three years of the manufactured date.
7. Adjustment buckles must be at least 1 ½” from the seat to prevent chafing or loosening.

RECOMMENDED
1. Seat belt replacement every year.
2. Sternum straps on shoulder harness.

NOT ALLOWED
1. Y type belts
2. Push button type release.
3. Dirty, stained, frayed or cut belts.
4. Outdated belts.
5. Surplus harnesses.

ATTACHMENTS

REQUIRED
1. Crotch straps as close to the front of the seat as possible so upward movement of the belt is kept to a minimum.
2. Shoulder Harness behind the driver co-driver/co-rider approximately 4” below the top of the shoulders.
3. Lap belts 2 ½” ahead of where the seat and back rest meet.
4. All mountings must be directly to a structural member.
5. Mounting material must be hardened steel bolts at least 5/16” in diameter.
6. Belt hardware must be safety tied or cotter pinned.

ACR 24: SAFETY NETS

REQUIRED
1. Formula Desert Lites approved safety nets are mandatory on all vehicles and must cover the complete open area of the cockpit on both sides of the vehicle.
2. Nets must be installed on the inside of the roll cage to prevent them from being damaged or coming off in the event of a roll over or slide on the side.
3. Nets attached to doorframes are permitted as long as door has a positive secondary latching device.
4. Nets must be installed so that the occupants can release the netting unassisted and exit the vehicle regardless of the position of the vehicle.
5. Net installation must meet with the approval of the chief technical inspector.
6. The net border or edge and the net attachment must be made of materials that are as strong or stronger than the net itself.
7. Net attachments must be every 6 inches. Acceptable attachments are not limited to the following: hose clamps, snaps, heavy-duty nylon ties, lift-a-dot, metal hooks and steel rods. Steel rods are acceptable methods of bottom fastening.
8. The roof must be covered with sheet metal or aluminum.
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ACR 25: SEATS

REQUIRED
1. All seats must be securely fastened to a structural member so as to allow no movement up and down, for and aft or side to side.
2. Seat must be manufactured to take the intended abuse of racing.
3. A minimum of four (4) points are to be used in fastening any seat.

NOT ALLOWED
1. Stock type seats, folding seats or racing seats with separate backs.
2. Seats mounted to body or floor.

HEAD AND NECK RESTRAINTS

REQUIRED
1. The seat behind the head and neck area should be padded (at least 2” thick over an approximate 36” square area) with a material of sufficient quality to prevent whiplash.



ALLOWED
1. Head and neck bracket subject to approval of the technical inspector.

ACR 26: DRIVERS COMPARTMENT

REQUIRED
1. The vehicle occupants must be able to enter and exit, unassisted and with great ease, the driving compartment with the vehicle in any position
2. Firewalls and/or bulkheads must separate drivers compartment from any fuel, engine fluids or acids.

ACR 27: DOORS AND LATCHES

REQUIRED
1. All vehicles with operational doors must have positive locking mechanisms and must have a permanently attached positive secondary latching device.

ACR 28: ROOFS

REQUIRED
1. The roof must be covered by sheet metal or aluminum.
2. Must be a minimum of .060” in thickness.

ACR 29: FIRE WALL

REQUIRED
1. An all metal fire wall must separate the driver’s compartment from the engine and any fuel sources.
2. This wall must be fuel tight and extend from shoulder height to the floor and sides of the body.
3. The fire wall must extend at least 1” higher than the top of the fuel cell.

ACR 30: WEIGHT

1. Race ready weight, less driver, but with 20 gallons of gas or a full tank whichever is less.

ACR 31: FLOORBOARDS

REQUIRED
1. Belly pans or floorboards must cover the complete driver’s compartment.
2. If the floor is not part of the body or chassis at least five (5) ¼” bolts per side must be used to fasten it to the structural parts of the vehicle.

ACR 32: BUMPERS

REQUIRED
1. Rear bumper secured to frame constructed of 1 ½” x 0.90” minimum DOM or stronger tubing.
2. Safe front bumper.
3. Ends must be capped and rounded to prevent any sharp edges.





ACR 33: MIRRORS

REQUIRED AND MUST BE FUNCTIONAL

ACR 34: SKID PLATES

REQUIRED
1. Skid plates designed to reasonably protect the front suspension, steering and brake components are recommended on all vehicles. Skid plate must be made of metal and be securely attached.

ACR 35: EQUIPMENT, TOOLS, PARTS etc.

REQUIRED
1. Anything on or in a vehicle must be fastened securely enough so that they will remain attached during competition,

ACR 36: BODY PANELS-DOORS, HOODS & FENDERS

REQUIRED
1. Some type of body panels should be used for driver protection. They should be installed in a manner so as not to interfere with entering or exiting the vehicle.
2. Panels must be installed in a manner so as to remain in place during competition.

ALLOWED
1. Quick release or dzus fasteners.
2. If a UTV type vehicle is used, stock hood, fenders and some type of door panel may be used.

ACR 37: HOSES

REQUIRED
1. Acceptable condition of hoses.
2. Hoses securely clamped and or safety wired.
3. Acceptable protection for any hose passing through the driver’s compartment to protect the driver in case of hose failure.

ACR 38: NUMBERS

ACR 39: ADVERTISING

REQUIRED
1. Good appearance and in good taste.
2. Not to interfere with identification numbers.













ACR 40: RADIOS

RECOMMENDED
1. A working radio able to transmit and receive.


NOT ALLOWED
1. Any race or support vehicle radio equipment is strictly prohibited from interfering with or disrupting race communications on all frequencies allotted to the amateur radio band, public service band, marine band and aircraft band as permitted by FCC rules.

ACR 41: WORKMANSHIP


REQUIRED
1. Good professional appearance.
2. Approval of the technical inspector.

ACR 42: SECONDARY SUSPENSION

ALLOWED
Secondary suspension includes leaf springs, torsion bars, coil-over shocks, air bags, haga balls or any other item, other than shock absorbers and the stock concept suspension system that came with the vehicle, that changes the wheel rate at any point in its travel.
Air shocks will be considered secondary suspension when charged to 200 psi in their fully extended state and the static pressure exceeds 300 psi when fully compressed.
Movable bump stops will be considered secondary suspension when they contact the suspension unit more than 4 inches before the end of the wheels upwards travel.

ACR 43: WHEELBASE

Wheelbase is measured from the center of the hub on the front axle to the center of the rear hub at ride height. If a difference is noted from one side to the other, an average will be used.

ACR 44: TRACK

Track will be considered the distance from the outside of the tires at the furthest points as viewed from the front of the vehicle. Maximum outside track will be measured by passing between the official FDL track device during tech.

NOT ALLOWED
1. Changing of wheels and tires after tech inspection so as to affect track width.












CLASS RULES

FORMULA MOTO

A single or two seat four wheeled vehicle being powered by an engine originating from a production Motorcycle/Snowmobile/ATV/UTV type vehicle (All engines will be reviewed and approved by Formula Desert Lites). The intent of this class is to provide a place for vehicles who do not fit into an existing class structure an opportunity to compete. Drivers will have the opportunity to vote on the legality or fairness of any vehicle that is placed into Formula Moto.
This is an open class and all components will be considered open unless stated in the class rules.


ACR’s
Vehicles shall comply with all ACR’s unless stated in the class rules


FORMULA 1200

A single or two seat four wheeled vehicle being powered by an engine originating from a production Motorcycle/Snowmobile/ATV/UTV type vehicle (All engines will be reviewed and approved by Formula Desert Lites). 1200cc four stroke maximum displacement. 800cc two stroke maximum displacement.
This is an open class and all components will be considered open unless stated in the class rules.

ACR’s
Vehicles shall comply with all ACR’s unless stated in the class rules


WHEEL BASE
See ACR 39
100” maximum

TRACK WIDTH
See ACR 40
86” maximum


FORMULA 800

A single or two seat four wheeled vehicle being powered by an engine originating from a production Motorcycle/Snowmobile/ATV/UTV type vehicle (All engines will be reviewed and approved by Formula Desert Lites). 800cc four stroke maximum displacement. 500cc two stroke maximum displacement.
This is an open class and all components will be considered open unless stated in the class rules.

ACR’s
Vehicles shall comply with all ACR’s unless stated in the class rules






WHEEL BASE
See ACR 39
95” maximum

TRACK WIDTH
See ACR 40
80” maximum

FORMULA LITE



A single or two seat four wheeled vehicle being powered by an engine originating from a production Motorcycle/Snowmobile/ATV/UTV type vehicle (All engines will be reviewed and approved by Formula Desert Lites). 600cc four stroke maximum displacement. 500cc two stroke maximum displacement. (The 750 weber as found in the redline revolt is allowed, must maintain stock displacement.) FDL retains the right to impose various restrictions to certain power plants if they show a major advantage over another.


This is an open class and all components will be considered open unless stated in the class rules.

ACR’s
Vehicles shall comply with all ACR’s unless stated in the class rules


WHEEL BASE
See ACR 39
75” maximum

TRACK WIDTH
See ACR 40
74” maximum
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