Please tell me that factor of 0.605 is for all cars. I'm 99% sure it has to be, but want to confirm.
While I don't agree with the 2% reduction for the higher cc cars, it is a marginal advantage.
WEIGHT CALCULATION FACTORS:
Minimum weight of any car - 1500 lbs without driver
4 Wheel Drive /All Wheel Drive - 0.65 lbs/cc
0 - 3700cc 2 Wheel Drive Piston - 0.625 lbs/cc
3701 - 4500cc 2 Wheel Drive Piston - 0.605 lbs/cc
2 Wheel Drive Rotary 12A & 13B + Motorcycle engines – 0.70 lbs/cc
2 Wheel Drive Rotary 20B – 0.59 lbs/cc
Racing weight of Cars will include a factor of 160 lbs for the driver.
Tubular Chassis (100%) – Minimum weight X 0.05 lbs
Wow. Absolutely amazing. I wonder how many cars in the series this last minute rule change will benefit. I'm going to go out on a limb and say ONE car.
As for the weight factor, there must be some sort of decent scaling. You'd have to slowly decrease the weight factor, not drop it like a cliff, and to make it worse add a 2% drop at the 3701 mark. It's not even scaled, so by these rules someone running a Nissan engine with 3696 cc will run at 2,470 lbs, and an engine of 3900 cc would run at the same 2,470 lbs so the car with with 200cc less, runs the same weight as the one with 200cc more.
How can there be changes taking place, again, so soon before the CMRC? This sport is heavily dependent on planning. You don't go to your local car dealer and buy a race engine and have it tomorrow. How at this stage could someone take advantage of the new and improved high cc regulations for the Jamaica race meet? Can any of the officials involved in this decision answer this simple question for me. If in October last year a team had considered switching to a fancy 4.1 litre race engine but scrapped the idea because the weight would have been too much, how at this stage could they now go this route and take advantage of the 4.1 litre engine? When you answer that with the obvious, they can't, maybe you'll understand why rules and regulations for the CMRC must be in place for at least 6 months prior to the first CMRC event, preferably longer. This is the second straight year that a last minute 'out of the blue' change has been made.
I stand corrected, and admit my error to all. I was wrong to assume a last minute rule change would apply to all competitors, and not a select few, or maybe even a select one.
This clearly is what it is, and it makes no sense for me to comment on it further. I'm sure some will be very happy about that.....
Firstly, I would say that Doug Gore, Chris Campbell and Steve King would benefit for sure this year
I take your point on the late rule changes, never a good thing. Last year the very same thing happened with the across the board weight reductions. Some of the very competitors who influenced those changes never even toured, or they chose to just do their home leg. Sorry that I can't indulge in the hypothetical scenarios of who could have run out and bought new cars/engines because we all know at this level that does not occur.
This is exactly why the CMRC needs a complete overhaul. Structure, regulations, management, everything........ Today we have a sponsor committing to move cars around the region free. We have promoters/organisers agreeing to host legs of the Series without any knowledge of who will show up to take part. Finally, we have competitors who throw their weight around, influence Regulation changes, but then turn around and never commit to being a part of the Series.
Dover Round 1 of 2013 is here, the JRDC has busted their behinds living up to the expectations of a Promoter/Organiser, yet from a maximum of 6 cars per Team so far we only have 2 each from Barbados and Guyana with Jamaica yet to be announced. But these very same non-committal competitors will be the first ones shouting at the top of their voices at the slightest move that may enhance participation, if, in their estimation they stand to gain nothing from the move.
Since 2008 thirty one competitors have taken part in CMRC races. Of those, only 6 have started in 50% or more of the 44 races ran. They are:
D. Summerbell Jr. = 40 - M. Maloney = 36 - A. King = 32 - D. Maloney = 30 - K. Jeffrey = 27 & P. Rae = 26
Now look at the line up for Dover 2013. Seems familiar? These guys have been racing no matter what the regulations are because they see the potential of the Series and none want to return to what it was prior to 2008.