Bombardier Wins Prestigious If Design Award For The Rotax Kart RM1

Bombardier Recreational Products is pleased to announce that the Bombardier Rotax® Kart RM1™ has been honored with the 2003 iF Silver Design Award in the transportation category. The iF Design Award is one of the best-known and most prestigious design contests in the world.

"Extraordinary quality and design distinguish our Rotax Kart RM1. Only the very best entries to this contest receive an award for exemplary design quality - in face of some very stiff competition," said Harald Plöckinger, Managing Director of Bombardier-Rotax. "This prize is the reward for our passionate dedication for our products, for the sport and for our customers," Mr. Plöckinger stated proudly.

The revolutionary Bombardier Rotax Kart RM1 offers an innovative, well thought-out package for the race track. Unlike other current karts this innovative chainless 2-speed direct drive train (patent pending) does not require any service, like lubrication or chain adjustment thus providing safer and cleaner operation. The rear axle is integrated in the 125 MAX DD2 crankcase, thus requiring a special chassis. The development of the Rotax Kart focussed on safety and design as well as on performance and handling.

The Rotax Kart RM1 scores with numerous innovations and extras:

  • Chainless Direct Drive 125 MAX DD2 engine
  • Innovative Rear Fender System (RFS) with Rear Tire Protection System (RTPS) (patent pending)
  • Crash-tested, homologated Front Fender System (FFS)
  • 2-speed gearbox
  • Shifting at the steering wheel
  • Rotax Electronic Reverse (RER)
  • First Kart specific brake system with 4 disks (Magura**)
  • Multi-function display
  • Scratch-proof fairings
  • Attractive design.

For the first time in karting, engine, gearbox, brakes, chassis, tires, bodywork are brought together in a finely tuned system. With this new package Bombardier Rotax will redefine the standards regarding performance, safety and low maintenance.

Bombardier Recreational Products designs, develops, builds, distributes and markets utility vehicles, Rotax® engines and karts, Ski Doo® and Lynx® snowmobiles, Bombardier™ ATVs, Sea Doo® watercraft and sport boats, Johnson® and Evinrude® outboard engines, as well as Evinrude direct injection and Evinrude E TEC™ technologies.

Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world-leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 75,000 people and manufacturing facilities in 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2003 stood at $23.7 billion Cdn. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).

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Note to editors: photos of the Kart RM1 are available at www.rm1-kart.com.

For information:
Elisabeth Gruber
Manager,
Public Relations and Communications
Bombardier-Rotax GmbH & Co. KG
(43) 7246 601 202
elisabeth.gruber@rotax.bombardier.com
www.rm1-kart.com
http://www.rotax.bombardier.com
http://www.recreation.bombardier.com
Additional information about the Rotax Max Challenge Kart Race Series: http://www.maxchallenge-rotax.com