NB Comparison, Discussion and Future
Posted 02-18-2012 11:29 AM
Posted 02-18-2012 11:48 AM
The first round of me trying resulting in realizing with equal plates to the 99/00, it would never compete with it. I advised SMAC to raise plate 2mm ( which wasn't enough but closer) and sold car as I did not want to compete with a car that I played a major part in adding plate too and still was not competitive with top 99/00 cars.
FF to last year, I tried another.. It was a very good car, but sold it before I ever raced it. I think it was one of the best 01+ cars, still not as good as our good 99's
I have one under construction now, I think it will be a very good car, I may race at Mid Ohio in NASA champs, but at the end of the day, i feel pretty confident i will be racing a 99 again at Road America in Sept.
On paper, the 01+ looks like a clear winner.. reality, not so much. The 01+ plus car is far better than the 99/00 from 0-5000 rpm, from 5,000-6000 they are similar, from 6000 on, the 99/00 destroys the 01+. The VVT is tuned for street driving and car does feel great on the street. There are several illegal ways to try and copy the 99 cam timing, none remotely legal and all easily detectable. Even if you get the 01 cam timing where you want it ( I have done this with an adjustable intake gear we had made) it is still not as good as a 99. If you adjust the cam timing illegally and put a 99 intake manifold on the car ( also illegal) you have a car that is as good or better than a good 99. I found 4-6 HP by changing intake alone..
Posted 02-18-2012 12:09 PM
Did you notice a handling difference with your 01+ builds do to chassis redesign or is it a moot point with a good cage?
I also heard that on 01+ the ECU is matched to the key and ignition switch and must be changed together. Are there any other such oddities with the 01+? Of course I assume the ECU only goes out if you do something seriously irregular.
Posted 02-18-2012 10:09 PM
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Posted 02-23-2012 02:01 AM
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Posted 02-23-2012 10:54 AM
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