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Factory Fender Vents in ST4


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On 8/20/2020 at 1:35 AM, Greg G. said:

No. 6.4.2. 

Hi Greg - if the factory fender vents are not allowed, is there anything that a competitor with a Lotus Exige can do to be compliant?  Would blocking/taping the vents suffice, or would that car need to be classed in ST3 and above?  

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Greg,

There are many cars with factory fender vents as part of their BTM aero package.

e46 and newer m3

RX-8

c5 and newer Corvette

lotus

Civic type R

etc

 

If these OEM fenders are illegal while taking BTM in ST3, or with or without taking BTM in ST4-6, then there are many illegal cars out there competing this weekend.

Please clarify.

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If the Base Trim Model has factory vents, then there does not appear to be a rule preventing them.  But, if it is not the base trim model, and the BTM does not have them, then the only modification to fenders permitted is this:

Rolled or flared fenders (includes add-on flares--only to the extent necessary
to cover the tire as viewed from above—not viewed from the front or rear)

In the OP's question above, the vents are from an Exige S, which is not BTM. 

The E46 is in Appendix B, as are the C5 Z06 and C6 Grand Sport, so they are considered BTM (but cannot have a wing/rear spoiler or rear diffuser still).

I've seen photos of RX-8's without vents--not sure if it was a year of manufacture issue or an upgrade/option issue.

The Civic Type R has all kinds of Aero issues that would prevent it from the BTM Aero Mod Factor, and as well, may prevent it from being an ST4 vehicle.

 

To the OP: Yes, if you were to cover the vents, I don't think anyone would protest you for them.

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