Sure but the "before cam" difference is the most notable difference in power to me. I wonder how much time on a typical course it would be worth.
A whole freaking lot.
The Elise is a properly-configured Miata <6200rpm. That's all. Kinda pathetic, really.
>6200, it gets a WHOLE lot better.
The "line" has to be drawn somewhere. Right now, it is drawn at the Elise, excluding the SC Elise and Exige. *I* am OK with that, and not just because I have an Elise - I BOUGHT an Elise because I thought it fit well in the current SS, and it met my criteria (RWD, Stock, fun to drive, not a Miata).
The Elise has done well in certain people's hands (in Stock category, not ignoring Ryan/Zust/et al) over the years. Johnson, Braun, Salerno, Conners, among others.
Adding 50hp to it = overdog, IMHO, compared to the SS of years past (and this years' SSR). Z06, GT3, Viper, Elise - distinctly different cars, with some course dependency, but all _can_ win.
Adding the s/c Elise or Exige....eh.
THAT SAID, I think it'd be good to have a place for those cars in Stock ("Street") - they're comparatively inexpensive, neat cars.
but they'd upset the apple cart. An Elise can win over a Z06/GT3/Viper on a course which emphasizes transitions, allows 6201+RPM more often than not, and does not have long, drawn out acceleration zones. I like those odds.
Adding 50hp....eh. It becomes the Car To Have more often than not. That's not a good thing.
HOWEVER.....now that the Z06 has gone to AS (in Street, not SSR), SStreet is kinda lonely.....I'd not be terribly surprised if they start letting other "cooler" cars into SS (not-R) to fill the void.
Might be the SC Elise/Exige. I'd not love it, but...eh, whatever, bring it.
I pretty strongly disagree that the switch to 200tw tires hurts the Corvettes enough to warrant a class change down. In fact, I think it is crap - they claim "reduced acceleration abilities," which is horsefeces, and "reduced braking," also horsefeces.
Meanwhile, the Lotus winds up with lower corner speeds, spending much more of its time <6200. Time will tell, really, we'll have to see how SS and AS play out at Nationals.
That said, a supercharger would make the car ALL KINDS of less-lazy below 6200.
Car for car, it'd be hard to compete with a SC Elise or Exige in a normal Elise, if not impossible.
If the SC car got put in SS, though, I'd have a MUCH better argument for putting it alongside the Z06 in AS. I won't say "where it belongs," because I think the Z06 "belongs" in SS, but IMHO, the Z06 and Elise belong in the same class.