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Old 12 Sep 2017, 20:31 (Ref:3766384)   #181
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jjvincent should be qualifying in the top 10 on the gridjjvincent should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Originally Posted by Bob Riebe View Post
I know that and they are spec. horse power but they look different from each other.
Chassis comes from a few different suppliers. Then you pick the body (Ford, Chevy or Dodge) and then pick a motor. It's relegated to a point and there is still some freedom. That's why some are consistently up front and others are not.

The class is a good basic concept and it works good enough because they (Trans-Am) seems to get enough of them to run. They are about $120K complete and are pretty durable due to be a tube frame and using 15" NASCAR wheels, 4 speed NASCAR transmission, along with a sealed motor. They race them in the NA, Europe, Australia, Asia and in the Dominican Republic. Great for a club guy who can run it in GT2 and do a TA here and there. In the end, they hold their value much better than proper racecars because they have a life once you are done running it as opposed to proper cars that mostly sit in a garage.

If you are creative and want to do endurance club events, they work for that too. Slam it into a wall and for a few grand, cut off the tubes and put on new. Back to just like new, No retubbing required. Little downforce, no ABS, no TC and those 15" wheels means, you have to have talent behind the wheel to go fast. Technology won;t save you and downforce won't make you look like a pro out on the track. They only make around 500hp, so that's super easy and reliable for a LS motor, plus they even use fuel injection.
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Old 12 Sep 2017, 23:33 (Ref:3766409)   #182
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I was speaking to the winner of the TA class and after awhile said I always preferred prod. based cars.
He said they are dangerous, so I told him they can be made safe.
He gave me a grin and said, well, they are expensive.
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Old 13 Sep 2017, 12:20 (Ref:3766520)   #183
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jjvincent should be qualifying in the top 10 on the gridjjvincent should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
When you are looking for value over a long period of time, you can't beat a tube frame car. Production cars have a limited lifespan but tube frame can go for years and years plus you can use different engines and bodies. They have their place in the market.
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