Rule 6.1 Braking System

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Each buggy shall have a driver operated system or mechanism which is capable of stopping the rolling motion of that buggy. This system or mechanism shall be known as the buggy’s braking system. Each buggy’s braking system shall be capable of passing two separate braking performance tests, the braking capability test and the drop brake test. In addition, all braking systems must meet the following requirements:

  • The brakes shall be self-resetting. This means that the brakes shall release their braking force whenever the driver stops actuating them.
  • The brakes shall be capable of being actuated to full braking force, and then be completely released, at least three times in succession, without any maintenance.
  • All fasteners and hardware used in the braking system shall be equipped with locking devices, such as lock nuts, lock washers, lock wires, cotter pins, etc. The use of anaerobic locking compounds (such as Loctite) is permissible, but is not sufficient. Tubing fittings used in hydraulic or pneumatic braking systems need not be equipped with locking devices, with the approval of the Safety Chairman, due to the inherent vibration resistance of these fittings alone.