I need to contact Symbolic about my place in line. It seems to move a little.
I really expect those in the front of the line will get cars around June (IMO). So I should get a car sometime this summer.
This means two things.
1. The SEB will not have enough time to make anything but a very conservative decision. We may be lucky and get classed in SS, but because of the time frame from car availability to Nationals in September, I now think that ASP may be a real possibility for 2004. Keep in mind that the SEB can change the classification of the car without member comment for 12 months. Then they will move the car to SS or AS depending on how well it works.
2. I will not seriously campaign the car nationally in 2004. Perhaps I will just stay with shifter karts for 2004. Maybe.
Rumor has it that conservative classing is SS...and wait and see.
The HUGE limiting factors right now for the car are the FRONT TIRES and a Limited Slip... Without a front tire and a slip...well, I have a street car without enough insolation... I am hoping because I want this car to be GREAT...I love the way it looks. I love the idea of light and nimble...but I am buying it to race. If it can not pull its weight in the class well, I need to be looking at a full leather interior of the vette. We know they are fast and proven.
LOTUS HELP US OUT.....PLEASE....I want to send vette home crying because a 4 cylinder KICKED THEIR BUTT...
Now if I am wrong in my guess and the car is classed in stock right off, I might campaign it. I know Pat Salerno intends on trying. And there are some other good drivers also buying an Elise. But there are still some questions about tire fitment still. I tried to make a determination about that at the LA Auto Show, but could not. It looks like a real possibility to me that a 205 tire on the front may have a problem.
There will be one way to tell, put a 205 tire on the car and see if it causes a problem.
Anyway, I hope to see how well the car can perform in Solo2 by early summer. If the Elise ends up not being capable of winning nationally in stock classing, I will either just run it locally for grins...or Street Prepared with no intention of winning nationally. I still want the car.