Well, this maybe deserves its own thread but....
The role of SCCA's classing structure and rules for STOCK, is not to foster innovation. There are other classes for that. One of the main goals of the stock class rules are cost containment. Every allowance you make, means someone has to try out new things, spend more money, innovate. That is why there are the different class levels. If you want, you can move to ASP, or Prepared. If you want to focus more on driver and not cut up the new car, than stay in Stock.
So to repeat.... there is a place for more innovation, but not in factory stock class rules. If I was king of SCCA, I would make it even more restrictive than they allow now. No allowance for DOT legal tires made from soft compounds. No expensive shocks (yes, I know this kind of thinking raises new problems of implementation)..no swaybar allowances. Get stock.... back to more stock.
If you look at the history, you can see what happens. Cheaper to allow a Midas muffler right? You don't want to force someone to use a factory muffler.. and how would you buy a factory muffler on a car that was built in the 80s? So you have to allow aftermarket mufflers. But wait, what kind of restrictions on those mufflers? Any? So you have thousands of people in SCCA buying brand new cars and immediately ripping out the mufflers... some buying 5 different aftermarket types and testing them all on dynos. The allowance made sense, but the impact is what it is. Same with shocks. Same with tires...
If you want to try out a smaller but wider wheel and very fat tires on the car, if you want to try some camber adjustment and different springs... then you go to Street Prepared.
If you want to try running the Elise with an engine swap and/or forced injection... Street Mod.
Robert and I are discussing the possibility of running the Elise as Stock for one year, then going to ASP or SM2. How fast do you want to go? How much money and time do you have?
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