It's been suggested racers don't take full advantage of rule changes and therefore you can't really determine it's potential impact. IMO this is where the hung juries emerge.
Add 50lbs...take out your plate. Full advantage it would seem is a no brainier here?
In all fairness to the passionate rules makers...many thought the power jump on these cars when unrestricted would be more than has materialized. Some may have thought the 50lbs was not enough! In other words, I feel they truly felt this change was going to improve the cars. But from everything I have seen the change simply went sideways...some better, some worse. Given a choice I would go back to a lighter restricted car
Again this is just my situation. For the weight this car now runs it needs to be at least 2-3hp more than a NB to make up for the less than optimal power and fuel curve as well as the aero and the front sub-frame geometry(had to throw that one in )
But if anyone wants a solid fast car to spin around in at the runoffs...give me a shout