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Been not  here for a while, but thinking of jumping in maybe.  I read the rules again, and the 1.6 is now at 2275lbs.  

Did anyone ever try to build a proper 1.6?  On paper it seems the 1.6 has an edge now at some race tracks.

 

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Yes, It's been tried. One I know of in the SEDiv SCCA is Kevin Beaver. I don't want to put words in his mouth but he and OPM put a lot of time and effort into a no-excuses NA1.6. And he did very well, usually running near the front, about 1 sec/lap slower than the fastest lapper in the field. Then (again, my words not his) he got tired of beating his head against the wall and built an NB.

 

I think on a regional level you might do OK. On a Majors/HST level probably not a snowball's chance.


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Yes, It's been tried. One I know of in the SEDiv SCCA is Kevin Beaver. I don't want to put words in his mouth but he and OPM put a lot of time and effort into a no-excuses NA1.6. And he did very well, usually running near the front, about 1 sec/lap slower than the fastest lapper in the field. Then (again, my words not his) he got tired of beating his head against the wall and built an NB.

 

I think on a regional level you might do OK. On a Majors/HST level probably not a snowball's chance.

How did he do in the NB? :)  He seemed about a second off there as well? :)


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Jim, you have a much greater knowledge of Majors/HST entries than I. Is anyone campaigning a 1.6 on that level? How would you rate the competitiveness of a 1.6 on a national level?


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So what should I build?  1.6?  ND2? 

 

To be honest I don't want a Miata anymore, but I took a hard look at results on the Eastern side of the country.  Besides, SM, SRF, and sometimes FE2, you are not really racing.  You are maybe racing yourself at best.

 

It even crossed my mind to build ND2 and masquerade it as a street car, drive to the track, track it, race it, and drive it back home.   More pleasure less hustle this time.  






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