It has been 3 years since the last "parity" adjustment to the NA 1.8. It was done because there was a feeling the car needed something correct? At the time I was optimistic the change would help. Now I'm confident it was just a sideways change. My letter was not the only one requesting another look...and more specifically a reduction in weight. Pretty sure I know what Mark C asked for and thinks! Your claim it makes the most HP of all SM cars is accurate from what I have seen...we agree! And it plays to the audience. Hopefully the many other factors involved are being considered by SMAC. The other question...is there something in the works for the vvt?
Your post kind of sums it up..
Parity adjustments SHOULD NOT be made on "feelings" Nor should they be made on race results, just facts and data..
pretty sure the same ones asking for help in the NA 1.8s are asking for pulling back the VVTs', Why?
The Runoffs started the VVT talk..
Here are some facts.. You need to consider drivers when looking at results.. Please tell me who driving a non VVT do you think was held back and would have beat these drivers if he/she was in a VVT?
1-Todd Buras, Pro driver 20 plus year sm driver
2- Preston Pardus SCCA National Champion/Xfiniti driver multi time super tour winner
3- Michael Ross NASA national Champion, Super tour and majors winner
4- Brian Henderson Super tour winner/ Imsa driver
5 Elivan Gopuliart SM national Champion, 5 time national champion in all, pro driver
6 Jim Drago 3x national champion, Multitime Supertour winner
If we all switch to cars , the results look the same. The cars all have advantages and disadvantages. generally speaking the VVT makes 1.5-2 hp less than 99 and makes about 3-3.5 more ft lbs of tq.
Many that are in the know are still building 99/00 because it will be the better car at Road America. Chris Haldeman for one, Preston for two, me for three.. You would think these people should know.? I was beat by Tyler Brown at the Sprints last year. in a 99 with my engine. Michael Carter was in four car break away this weekend in his 99 and he races only one or two Sm weekends a year. Rich Astacio sold his VVT and we just built him a 99 and he had his best two weekends in racing. The problem with non VVT cars is not the car.. it is driver, quality of car builds and car preparation. Slowing the car down will only hurt the mid pack VVT drivers and penalize the front running VVT drivers for skill and proper preparation.
Concerning your NA 1.8..
No one who has every won a super tour or built a car that has won a super tour currently races one. If Marc is planning on going to Road Atlanta Super tour.. I will gladly pay to enter his NA 1.8 in STL, I will pay for any damage and the tires. Preston who is the same size will drive his car in that class... if he is not at least 1/2 second a lap faster in non draft assisted laps than Marc, I will fully support that car needs help and you should have all the data you need. It will cost you guys nothing, I will foot the bill because I KNOW you are wrong. My bet is this doesn't happen because not sure you guys really want to know