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Engine Capacity Certification - Your Questions Answered!

How to Get Your Engine Certified

The new Engine certification programme has certainly become very popular amongst our 50s Sports Cars and HTCC competitors, however there is some confusion over how it all works.

So we have put together this simple FAQ to help.
The first thing to make clear is that the certification scheme is entirely voluntary for 2017. There will be no penalty for non-compliance this year. If your engine is already complete and you do not want to have it opened again then you do not have to – just send in your entry form without a certificate.

Where do I get the Engine Certification form? 
Download the Engine Certificate HERE
Or contact Lindsey Warren to request a copy by email:
Who inspects the car?
How do I arrange to get it inspected? 
Any MSA licensed Technical Officer (scrutineer) can carry out the inspection and sign the certificate.
It is your, or your engine builder’s, responsibility to arrange the inspection directly with the scrutineer.
All authorised MSA Technical Officers are listed in the back of the MSA blue book. This list can also be download by clicking HERE. Open the list, and search for your town or postcode – it will bring up any matches.
Is there a cost involved? 
The scrutineer will charge a small fee for their travel and time.
What happens when he arrives?
The car must be presented with its cylinder head removed. The bore and stroke (and valve sizes on homologated cars) will be measured and recorded on the certificate. The scrutineer will then seal the bottom end of the engine (either the sump bolts or front cover bolts are suggested) so that the crankshaft can’t be removed without breaking the seals, and will record the number of the MSA seal on the certificate, which he will then sign.
The scrutineer should give you the original of the signed certificate which you must forward on to us. We suggest you keep a copy for yourself, but we must have the original. You are then free to replace the cylinder head at your leisure.
What if my car is already prepared for the season? 
If your car is already built up and prepared for the season, we do not want you to go to any unnecessary expense and unbuild it. Simply race it as you would usually do. 
This season the certification programme has been introduced on a voluntary basis – there is no penalty for non-compliance this year. We will review the system at the end of the year, but as the seasons pass and most engines get rebuilt over the course of time, we expect this process to simply become a natural part of the engine rebuilding process. 
And maybe other race organisers will follow suit in due course to ensure a level playing field exists for their competitors too. 
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: