Project will keep running costs down
Canterbury business Smith and Jones Engineering is working on a new 2.4-litre four-valve per cylinder engine, which it hopes will eventually provide a practical and competitive alternative for New Zealand and Australian Midget Car team owners and drivers.
Smith and Jones is putting together the first engine, which will be run by Michael Pickens in a second car fielded by Don Kaye’s Little Rippers team this summer.
A Smith and Jones spokesman said the business owner Will Jones, well known for his work with YB blocks for rally car engines, has approval from Cosworth for the Midget engine project, which will be carried out in conjunction with Cosworth.
The engine will be light in weight and feature several changes to the YB block.
“The key reason for the [engine] project is to keep running costs down and maintain an easy to access supply of spare parts for New Zealand and Australian drivers,’’ he said.