Press Release –
Support Offers At Least $3,000 In Benefits, 75% Parts Discount, Factory Race Tips And More
Amateur racers who ride the Can-Am DS 450 EFI ATV now have unprecedented access to factory racing support thanks to the 2009 Can-Am X-Team DS 450 Racer Support Program. No matter the race series and no matter the class, amateur DS 450 racers can apply through any authorized Can-Am dealer and receive factory support upon racer approval.
This is just one of the ways Can-Am is standing behind its racers, says Bernard Guy, Director of Marketing, Can-Am ATVs. We proved last season the DS 450 is competitive at the professional level and now we want to extend support to everyone who chooses to race a DS 450. We feel if someone who is considering a race ATV brand, this program makes it an easy decision; race a DS 450 and you will have the factory standing behind you.”
A racer who is approved, and purchases a DS 450 in the program timeframe, will receive a one-year Can-Am X-Team Membership card with unique racer ID giving access to a $1,000 racer discount on any new or unused 2008 DS 450 or a $500 on any new or unused 2009 model and a $1,000 X-Team Racer parts account.
The approved racer will also receive a FREE X-Team Stage 1 Racing kit (up to a $1,000 value). This kit (Racing Engine Control Module, Motoworks SR4 aluminum slip-on silencer, and other factory-developed racing items) brings the crank horsepower of the DS 450 to 50 hp an improvement of 11 percent on stock while considerably increasing low end torque.
Approved racers will also receive a significant discount on specific Can-Am X-Team Performance Packages. Four performance packages are available to further customize the DS 450 (other than X mx and X xc models) to specific racing applications, and they are offered at an unbelievable 75 percent off MSRP to approved racers.
From KYB shock packages to 50-inch widening kits; these performance packages have been race-tested with winning results:
This kit contains +2″ MX (motocross) racing A-arms, caster and camber adjustable by 1° increments, with extended tie-rods and brake lines, as well as a racing-specific hollow rear axle adjustable from 46″ to 50″ by 1″ increments. ($1,400 retail value; $349.98 racer price)
MX 50″ KYB Shock
Consists of a pair of KYB HPG C40 aluminum piggyback front shocks and one KYB HPG C46 aluminum remote reservoir rear shock. Shocks are Kashima-coated for lower friction, with dual-speed compression, rebound and preload adjustments and come complete with racing spring set-up. Mated with the MX 50″ package, this kit provides 10.7″ of travel and an optimal 7″ ride height for MX racing. ($2,300 retail value; $574.98 racer price)
XC 46″ KYB Shock
Package consists of a pair of KYB HPG C36 aluminum piggyback front shocks and one KYB HPG C40 aluminum piggyback rear shock. Shocks come with dual-speed compression, rebound and preload adjustments and complete with racing spring set-up. Mated with the standard DS 46″ width, this kit provides 9.6″ of front travel, 10.5″ of rear travel and an optimal 7.5″ ride height for XC (cross-country) racing. ($1,500 retail value; $374.98 racer price)
Steering stem and handlebars
Package includes an extra-strength extended 1″ steering stem with anti-vibe mounts and an aluminum 6061-T6 taper-profile handlebars with square pad. This package is recommended for racing with all 2008 and 2009 DS 450 standard and 2008 DS 450 X package models. ($300 retail value; $74.98 racer price)
Moreover, racers will not only have access to more than 1 million dollars in race contingency in 11 national and regional racing series, but approved X-Team racers winning a class championship will be featured on advertising in the pages of ATV Insider magazine and on many racing websites. This can launch a career and get sponsors to notice!
Last but not least, X-Team racers will be notified by the Can-Am Racing department if important racing tips become available during the 2009 season.
Full details of the program and more race information can be found at www.can-am.brp.com