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NEW CAR PROPOSED FOR CMC FOR 2005


Richard Pryor1548534703

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I'd like to thow out this idea to the CMC Board of Directors and competitors: classify the 1998-2002 GM Camaro and Firebird V-6 3800 in CMC (oh, and you might as well add the Mustang V-6 as well). Why you ask? Why not? Yes, the cars have less power than the V-8's but that is easily equalized I believe with only two changes in the rules. One: allow the V-6 cars to use any DOT tire which means Goodyear or Hoosier showroom stock/A Sedan tires. This will mean a difference of two seconds a lap faster than Toyos and equalize the horsepower difference. Two: maximum rwhp at 200 and torque at 250. These figures are achieved with removing the smog equipment and replacing the exhaust with a competition system. That's it; two simple changes to the rules and you have a whole new group of modern cars eligible. And the reason to allow them is a major one: cost. There were five to one in number of V-6 cars to V-8 cars built and the cost is way low. A 1998 V-6 can be found now for around $3000-$3500 (we just bought a 2000 with 49000 miles for $4900) and the prep level is identical. The upside is more cars being converted (you can have a car on the track for under $9,000 that will win races) and the downside is....there isn't one...except for the bruised egos of V-8 drivers being beaten by a V-6, which should be very interesting. The V-6's will corner much faster but the V-8's will still retain the horsepower and torque advantage. It would be interesting. What do you say? And, yes, we'll bring our SCCA SSB Camaro out to play even though it will be strictly showroom stock except for the safety equpment and tires and brake pads. Just to give you a comparison. SSB at Laguna Seca is 1:49-1:50 laps. CMC is 1:47-1:48 laps. Allow a SSB Camaro to run with CMC prep rules and they'll be right in the same range I think...and faster than any Mustang, of course.

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What about the minimum weight? I would prefer a lower minimum weight versus an open tire rule. Also, the 3800 V-6 was in the 96-97 Camaro & Firebird. I am all for the GM and Ford V-6s in CMC, except for the fact that I sold my 1998 V-6 Firebird this summer.

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I like pulling hp and torque down to 200 and 250 for the V8s since that is all I have.......

 

As for V6s....HHHMMMM I think race cars should have V8s. It's just more manly. (Sorry Jules!)

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