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I seriously considered it for my son and for me. But there was no way I would participate in their motor program. The SM program is way better.Couldyuou

 

Could you elaborate on that?

 

Most of the comments I've seen have been in the other direction, that a lot of time and money goes into extracting the last hp or 2 in SM while SRF comes sealed from the factory with the ECU tweaked to make them equal.



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Could you elaborate on that?

 

Most of the comments I've seen have been in the other direction, that a lot of time and money goes into extracting the last hp or 2 in SM while SRF comes sealed from the factory with the ECU tweaked to make them equal.

Sealed engine programs are expensive, do not guarantee equal performance from the sealed units and are an invitation for cheating. Less money and way more certainty come from a non sealed program that is open for inspection at any time and does not require you to send your motor back to the sealing company to be resealed. Furthermore, 1 or 2 HP difference is not the difference between winning and losing. The difference in winning and losing when cars are within 4-5 hp of each other is how that HP is put to the ground through the running gear.

 

My strategy is to invest in a solid motor and spend the rest of the time making the car roll free and loose to take advantage of the moderate power. I take my cue from a class of racing where it is absolutely certain that every entry makes exactly the same power, and you see the difference in winning and losing by how much time was spent improving the rolling resistance........soap box racing


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TWELVE inches to the left and it would be good bye. Watch to the end.

 

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Why were they on the track at the same time? The nose of the SM would easily use the nose of the SRF as a ramp. Note that the SRF was hit by a Miata that didn't see it. There are other videos on the web where production cars on the track with SRFs don't see and crash into the SRFs. The SRF is always the loser. 

 

There was a big debate about this in SRF world a few years ago. In the period where SRF3 was coming soon they seem to feel interest in SRF wained a bit causing them to be grouped with production cars more frequently. It appears that has largely passed. 

But wrecks occur in both classes...which is what drove me into oval track racing where a super late model is less than an SM or SRF, is purpose-built tube frame chassis with great parts at reasonable prices, built like a tank, and in spite of 500hp, less than 3000 lb, 10" wide wheels with 13" wide tires hit maybe 105-110 mph on a 1/3rd mile oval. And I already have the car. The track closed, then reopened...and we are talking about one track.

 

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