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Okay, I was impressed with this news but I didn't really know what it meant. I did a little research and here is some context for the rest of us who are uninitiated. Pretty impressive crowd of heavy hitters to be included in with our little 1.8L engine. :)


Definition:
TOURING CATEGORY
In response to the ever increasing performance of today's street cars and to expand participation by various manufacturers, SCCA created the Touring Category 1996 which was expanded in 1998 into two classes Touring 1 (T-1) and Touring 2 (T-2). T-1 reintroduces to Club Racing a venue for current ultra performance machines such as the C5 Corvette, the Dodge Viper, the Porsche 996, the Ferrari 355 and the Acura NSX-T. T-2 consists of vehicles such as the Z-28 Camaro, Mustang Cobra, BMW M-3, Toyota Supra, and the Honda Prelude. These new classes allow for aftermarket wheels and open muffler and exhaust systems as well as other options. No car may be more than five years old.

So SCCA placed the Elise in the top Touring Car (T1) class for track racing along with the other newly added cars:

2003-04 Porsche GT3
2005 Lotus Elise
2004 Corvette Z06
2004 Maserati Coupe
2003-04 Dodge Viper SRT-10

Other cars already in this class include:

Acura NSX
BMW 540 (4398cc)
BMW M3 Lightweight (2990cc)
Chevrolet Camaro SS (5666cc)
Chevrolet Corvette C5 (5666cc)
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Chevrolet Corvette C4 (5734cc)
Dodge/Chrysler Viper RT10 / GT-S / ACR (7990cc)
Ferrari 355 Berlinetta (3496cc)
Ford Mustang Steeda 351Q (5766cc)
Ford Mustang Cobra R
Pontiac Firebird WS-6 (5666cc)
Porsche 993 Porsche Club Class C (3600cc)
Porsche 996 Porsche Club Class B (3400cc)
 
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