Travel, gas, trailering. It's hard to be nationally competitive in a street driven SP car.MX5bob said:I understand the $25k to make a CSP car competitive, but $6-8k a year on what? Tires, tuning, more tires, more tires. Doesn't sound like 8 big ones.
I wasn't thinking about the travel expenses as being part of making the car competitive. Of course the initial $25k would include at least a trailer for tires. Somehow, I doubt Bill S. drove his Miata to Bremerton, but he does to local events.Larry Andrews said:Jay's on track...but Hoosiers are easily 50% of the budget. Figure four to six two-day national events a year, and a dozen one-day locals. Three heat cycles to a set of tires, about a day each, mabye. $750 mounted a set. Ain't cheap.
Larry Andrews said:Well, Hoosiers will last two to three days before they really start losing their grip, from what I've been told. Of course, El Toro would wear them to cord far sooner than that. Steve Eguina once got exactly five runs out of a $1300 set of new Hoosiers at a practive. He *never* did that again.
At the highest levels, autocross isn't cheap. It's still one of the cheapest motorsports...
For the best speed to cost ratio: karts.
Oh yeah, I think Bill S. did drive to Bremerton. Glad it wasn't me.
Try 2200 miles. And Ken Motonishi rode back with him. And I thought they were 600lb springs. And those seats didn't look overly well-padded. And don't forget the Falken Azenis he is running. They add a bit to the spring rate, and they hum rather nicely on OR/WA stud-grooved I-5. Not that you could hear the tires over the exhaust noise.MX5bob said:1,100 miles in a Miata with 500 lb. front springs? I hope his back teeth didn't rattle out.
A kart looks better all the time.