Originally Posted by WLopez34
Curious how this is now built past GT300 regs? I thought Super GT cars were really only the pillars and the rest was tubes and carbon skin?
Looking at this pic, had they kept the floor pan, how would it be much different from say what World Racing did with the scions?
That is correct, GT500 only retains the A-B pillar. GT300 requires more of the factory chassis which IMO is pretty marginal at that point but yes. The major differentiation IMO is in aerodynamics and power. Both of which the revolution car breaks for GT300.
The aero has now been modified from the base Amemiya Asparagus drink car. It could be made a GT300 car pretty easily but it does have aero parts on it now that break GT300 rules.
To Mike's point, the car has no remnant of factory firewall or floor tubs (as you can see in the photos), you can take any GT homolgated chassis in Le Mans or SuperGT (GT300) and pass the same rules. So the only way to filter those cars from entering at this point is arbitrarily. I think thats really at the heart of the issue. Does time attack shed all of its roots?
Looking at the RTA rule book there is no requirement for outboard dampers either and thats going to be a big deal.
My personal *feeling* is that I dont like the change. If I am just building a GT car, I dont see the point of playing in the time attack sandbox. Play in the GT sandbox. I liked that it was really a production based car going that fast, it had relevance to the tuner community the cars felt attainable for people tuning their cars if they went to the edge. Thats just my *opinion* though, maybe when you come from higher series thats looking for relevance and then TA is moving away from relevance it strikes you as odd. I submit it as something to think about as the lines blur even further.
This belongs to a lot more people than just me though so with that said, the sanctioning bodies are going to do whatever they think will make them more pofitable and attractive to fans. We all better be ready to roll with the punches or fall behind if we plan to stay.
When I spoke before about this car not being a SuperGT car, it had some minimal chassis removal. They have now gone the full nine yards, everything about the cars construction is no joke GT car level now. You have to see it in person to understand. I dont know how to list it all, its all the little details. They really took the car to the next level.
I dont know about in terms of lap time, but in terms of costs for development its ahead of anything I have seen in TA. Cyber evo was built on a significantly smaller budget for sure. HKS had the chassis but not the aero. Perhaps rado's new car? I havent seen it in person yet and I think its still getting sorted out. I know I can build an FXMD clone car for what just Rado's gearbox cost and that kind of thing is going to be more commonplace moving forward. My $.02.