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The next Fastrack will announce that starting in 2014 Spec Miata will go 1999-05 only. The cars will weigh 2400 lbs, the 1999/00 will carry a 50 mm restrictor while the 01-05 will run with no restrictor (55mm). This is in MAJORS and Runoffs Competitions only. Club racing will continue to support SM as we know it today with the exact same rule set that we have now. I know this will be met with some controversy, but long term, this will be a better class for all and the 2014 launch date leaves us with plenty of time to prepare.

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Along with crate engines..........


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So where does that leave the 1.6 guys?




 

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The SMAC voted unanimously on this and was able to get the full support of the CRB after two presentations.


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So where does that leave the 1.6 guys?

Pat the SCCA offers a STRONG Club Racing program for 1.6 cars (NA) cars.  There are only 24 Majors and 1 runoffs.  We think this is in the best interest of the class and close "pro like" competition.


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Along with crate engines..........

That is not a definite yet. We are working with Mazda on a sealing process that is cost effective. That may not be until 2015 though


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Guess I'll do a major or two this year in my 1.6, and then back to regionals.  I never really raced nationals before this anyway.

 

If this is true, I think it makes a lot of sense for the class moving forward.  Kind of hurts the value of the NA cars that are out there, and for sure I won't be investing any more money into mine I don't think.


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That is not a definite yet. We are working with Mazda on a sealing process that is cost effective. That may not be until 2015 though

 

I know there a lot of rumors floating around, some of the DC people saw the test.  The first presentation to the CRB did not include the Crate engines.  The second did and Mazdaspeed is now sorting it out with the same sealing agent from the Playboy Cup series.  It is good for timing as the new ND is scheduled for next year.


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It will be interesting to see the numbers on the west coast participating in Majors.


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This is total BS, considering I've had a 2006 MX-5 build waiting in the wings because Daniels and Collins assured me it would be SM "Car Of The Year" any day now. 

 

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So where does that leave the 1.6 guys?

 

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Please describe the intended sealing process---

 

 

1. Everyone new crates through Mazda?

2. Testing and sealing of Engine builders engines?


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I'm buying good NA's now.  50% discount only.


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Jim and Mike forgot to share the part about 06+ cars in @ 2500#



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At least it may QUIET the parity debate.

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Jim and Mike forgot to share the part about 06+ cars in @ 2500#

 

Not true.  SM5 will not join SM, we looked at it.  Power steering, ABS brakes and the completely different drive-train keep them from being compatible.


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Please describe the intended sealing process---

 

 

1. Everyone new crates through Mazda?

2. Testing and sealing of Engine builders engines?

 

The plan is still in the works.  The program would be VERY similar to the Playboy Cup/SM5 plan.  It would not be fully implemented until 2015, it would roll out in 2014 with the "built motor" cars potentially receiving a weight penalty, for 2015/beyond you would need an electronically sealed Mazdaspeed engine to compete at Majors and the runoffs.


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So glad i just bought a 99 to build!!  thanks for the update, you guys are doing great work!


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Really???

 

 

sure.  they will be going cheap with the new rules.  if I can buy enough of them I'll be able to start my own class.  SMAF






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