MILWAUKEE, WI (Jan. 19, 2024) – The Motorsports division at Briggs & Stratton is pleased to announce virtually zero changes to the 2024 rule sets that govern the US, Canada and other global region racing. The stability of our current regulation highlights an already strong foundation in our successful racing program that serves sanctioning bodies, motorsports dealers, local clubs and racers.
“Our focus in 2023 was centered on increasing production to meet our demand signal and shorten lead times for dealers and racers going forward. While we expect to have a rule update later in the year to reflect production, we’re happy to kick 2024 off without any changes to our Local Option 206 rule set,” says Dan Roche, Director of Motorsports, Briggs & Stratton. “The January update highlights two other areas where we want to be clear with the 206 community that change is coming or will be under evaluation. It’s our way of getting ahead of future issues and providing an opportunity to prepare.”
Future Notification: Hologram Seal to Phase Out in 2025
Ever since the current orange seal was brought into production in 2018, the serial number it carries has helped serve a critical role in tracking and tech inspection. Hologram-sealed engines do not provide that value, and given they are five years old or older, they will be phased out of the rule set in 2025. This advance notice will allow racers to either a) relegate their hologram-sealed engines to practice/testing or b) short-block the engine for continued use.
Future Notification: Canada Stamp in Review for 2025
The 206 community has thousands of dedicated racers, dealers and race organizers on both sides of the US and Canadian border. With more racers crossing the border to compete, the requirement of the maple leaf seal has been challenging and potentially working against growth. 2024 will be an evaluation year for Briggs to collect input and weigh the pros and cons of a potential change in 2025.
Briggs & Stratton, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, provides innovative products and diverse power solutions to help people get work done. Briggs & Stratton is the world’s largest producer of engines for lawn and garden, turf care and job site power equipment and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lithium-ion batteries, standby generators and energy storage systems through its Briggs & Stratton®, Vanguard®, Ferris®, Simplicity®, Snapper®, Billy Goat®, Allmand®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents.