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Old Today, 08:26 (Ref:3746208)   #181
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Indeed, I am watching the American Trans-Am series seems to have three classes.

Trans-Am 1: Heavily sculpted Vipers, Corvettes, "Mustangs" with much more aerodynamic shape, & also Porsche cup cars for some reason (!?)

Trans-Am 2: The Camaros, Challengers and Mustangs with somewhat production shaped fibre-glass bodies, they seem to be more standardised.

Trans-Am 3: Production based muscle cars

Certainly it could be a good model for Supercars to follow. The Trans-Am 2 class seems to be the closest and most fun. The random mix of cars in Trans-Am 1 seems a bit strange. Trans-Am 3 is probably a bit like improved production or GT4.
Was referring to the TA2 australia link Chavez provided
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GT3 v's Supercar v's SuperTouring- The Ultimate Thread

Costs have to come down regardless of the avenue pursued.

The day of having a number of 100k engines as spares is not sustainable with manufacturer dollars leaving the sport.

GT3 engines may be cheaper (they still look expensive) but their service costs are much better then a current Supercar engine.

I'm expecting Peckstar to roll in and dump all over this post purely because I mentioned GT3 but you can't hide the fact that costs as they stand are not sustainable. And I'm not suggesting that GT3 engine are the solution.

I can appreciate the fact that the top series in the land shouldn't have control engines. As a purist its not right and I'd love to see an all out horsepower war but the reality is this is just not sustainable.

Whatever happens next for this category has to be more cost effective. Gone are the days are manufacturers tipping in millions of dollars, Holden wouldn't put in anywhere as much as they used to. Ford don't put in anything and Nissan probably are looking at why have sunk tens of millions of dollars into the category with results that don't reflect that spend.

Costs pretty much have to be halved

Lap times aren't everything.
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Even TCRs are $150k turn-key, and they are using basic stock block production engines.
It is interesting that VW nominally sold the Golf TCR for 85k UK pounds, which is near enough to 150k AUD - but they built only 20 so you can't buy one.

Given the Audi S3 TCR runs the same engine, I'm seriously not sure how Audi can justify the apparent $300k ask for it!

If you could run a road-relevant series with broad manufacturer support based around $150k cars then I think you have something interesting, perhaps if not for fans...
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I can appreciate the fact that the top series in the land shouldn't have control engines.
Just put a stock block 7L Chevy LS in every car, worked in New Zealand (for a little while anyway).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9GW5WhJLnU

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It is interesting that VW nominally sold the Golf TCR for 85k UK pounds, which is near enough to 150k AUD - but they built only 20 so you can't buy one.
Thankfully you can get a JAS-racing Honda Civic Type R instead.
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One season old Opel Astra TCR was circa 65K, that I saw.

TCR are apparently a little dirty at Audi for over-pricing the RS3, however Audi feels it's justified in build quality and safety features alone. Not to mention the after sales service you'd get.
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Costs have to come down regardless of the avenue pursued.

The day of having a number of 100k engines as spares is not sustainable with manufacturer dollars leaving the sport.

GT3 engines may be cheaper (they still look expensive) but their service costs are much better then a current Supercar engine.

You can't hide the fact that costs as they stand are not sustainable. And I'm not suggesting that GT3 engine are the solution.

I can appreciate the fact that the top series in the land shouldn't have control engines. As a purist its not right and I'd love to see an all out horsepower war but the reality is this is just not sustainable.

Whatever happens next for this category has to be more cost effective. Gone are the days are manufacturers tipping in millions of dollars, Holden wouldn't put in anywhere as much as they used to. Ford don't put in anything and Nissan probably are looking at why have sunk tens of millions of dollars into the category with results that don't reflect that spend.

Costs pretty much have to be halved
Good post.

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TCR are apparently a little dirty at Audi for over-pricing the RS3,
Indeed. The point of these classes is that they are supposed to be perform equally and be within a price cap, else the price and performance can run away like it did in GT3.
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