Because I want to make sure my thoughts are not misunderstood and don't want James to fall head first into to any BS...let me clarify my non-scientific thoughts and agree with some things that have been said...
I believe Danny's post 100%...because I have seen the same thing! When I had that motor for a day that was 2-3 more HP than most NB's(129 west coast dyno with big torque))the on track data was impressive! I saw top speeds at certain corners I had never seen given the same conditions! But as I posted before, this was short lived and when the motor was repaired it is back to good NB power. With the exact same peak power and weight...the NB is better than the NA IMO. There are several other NA drivers in the our region who have numbers closer to that 130 than 125 so I know this motor can make the power.
BUT...here is the kicker and what James has eluded to. These same motors restricted should in theory only be off by 3+/-. At 126hp and 2350 the car is still top flight and capable of winning...and it was before the change. But other than a few west coast guys most had thrown in the towel on this car. If Mark D car had not found its unfortunate end he would still be in it IMO...for sure at Sonoma!
To repeat what I and others have said...peak HP is great...but it is the off peak(range/curve)that we race in! The change to improve the car did not hurt it...but any obvious upside has just not realized IMO. All things being equal I would always like to run less weight on a car...but for now I will continue how the current rules are laid out. Dropping back 20-25lbs would be great but I'm not holding my breath
Lastly...this car, like the 1.6, is good at certain tracks. If you expect to win at a 5th gear/high speed track, you will be disappointed(one caveat being a very good partner and no mistakes!).
James asked so I have shared my info...but honestly i'm not complaining...we have not gone backwards. I must admit I like not pulling my restrictor in tech...the one upside!
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