I know we had a post about this before. I could not find it though.
Has anyone been following the updates in Fast Track?
Looks like it will be a supplemental class next year. It will still be scored under SM at National level events. I guess they want to see what kind of turnout they could get for a FWD SM class before they decide to make it a real class.
I for one like the idea, but am not sure if I will be supporting it by competing in SMF. I have been thinking a lot. I plan on attending nationals in Lincoln next season. I want to be in a class I can be competitive in. SM is not that class. I think I will be prepping my car for DSP. Pretty much all I have to do is remove the SC pulley and I am set.
I need to go over the rule set again, but is stage 2 legal in DSP? I don't believe it is.
The 2.5 pulley is going to be hard to give up lol
To quote the January, 2009 BOD:
- The SMAC feels that the prior proposal for SMF did not receive enough support to be considered for a national class at this
The SMAC would like to propose the following for a possible SMF provisional class for 2009
- SMF would encompass ALL FWD cars under the current SM weight formula: 1550 lbs + 125 lbs/liter Note that this would make the minimum weight for an Ion to be 1800 lbs -- we'd be carrying a 1000 lb weight disadvantage!
- All SM rules will apply, with the following exceptions: Cars running in SMF using tires with a nominal width of 275 or less will NOT receive the weight break as stated in SM. FWD vehicles originally classed in SSM (formerly known as SM2) add 100 lbs to min weights.
- This class would be a supplemental class that will run with SM at the Solo Nationals. SM-eligible cars will be eligible for and counted within SM for contingency, trophies, etc.
You're correct that the pulley puts you out of DSP, but here's some interesting DSP 'food-for-thought'':
* American Racing makes a really ugly 18" X 8.5" wheel with a 35mm offset for the 5 x 110 pattern -- on which you could mount either:
* the new Hoosier 255/35 x 18 A6s (10.3" of tread on the ground, 24.8" diameter, 10.8" max width -- which means that it's only 1/4" wider inside than the 225/40 x 17 Hoosiers I've been running -- recommended for rims 8.5"-10" wide),
* or even BFG R1s in 265/35 x 18 (about 10.6" tread on the ground, 25" diameter, only 0.1 mm max width larger than the Hoosiers, recommended for rims 9"-11").
Remember, the old stock Dunlops (apparently not longer made in 215/45 x 17 -- I just checked on Tire Rack), are 24.6" in diameter. So either of these wheel/tire combinations would be very satisfactory in DSP or SM...
Just trying to stay ahead of the competition!