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Old Yesterday, 21:15 (Ref:3793868)   #121
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Let's look at Speed King Racing. SKR has been running a pair of Porsches in GT3 for a few seasons and everyone assumes they are sort of like the sort of factory team. In reality they are not. Just spend money in GT3 and do what the sanctioning body told him in the previous paragraph. So, Acme Motors has a new GT3 car and for this past season, they sent a guy to look and see which teams spend a boatload of money.

When 2017 comes to an end, Acme calls SKR and gives them this proposition. It's two new Acme GT3's for $400K. With those new Acmes, comes a massive container of spares free of charge. To take the deal, SKR will have to hire Joe Tanto Jr as he's part of the Acme driver development program and he also did all of the test driving on the GT3 model. Joe Tanto Jr. is paid by Acme but for him to not be a paid factory driver, he has a company called Driven, LLC. That's where the money goes to. SKR pays him $100/race for his services. For all anyone knows, Joe Tanto Jr is just a regular guy that is fast. Plus, Joe runs with that pro guy you paid in 2017, as for SKR team owner, you get that other pro and drive with him. That way it looks like crazy old white guy is just blowing his retirement.

Then SKR will need to hire Hans Gruber. Hans is some German guy that knows lots about the Acme GT3. Hans has a company called Die Hard LLC. That's where you, (SKR team owner) pays that $100/race consulting fee. In reality, Hans actually works for Acme but this is his "side" job.

Then there will be lots of testing and that's possible because of the money saved due to that container of free spares. Plus, even though the ACME engine is rated for 40 hours, you will need to send it in every 20hrs for "warranty" work. Plus, Hans takes the shocks every race and brings them back with 5 other pairs. Hans is so nice, he just rebuilds and gives you shocks for free. Hans and Joe never wear an Acme shirt, only SKR. That way, they are not factory.
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In 2018, Acme releases a cool video of the 2.0 in bare carbon. It looks so cool because bare carbon never gets old. This is the next version of the Acme that is set to go on sale in 2020 for the street. Acme really wants to go racing in 2019 with the 2.0 to use that as an R&D year. This way, when the 2.0 goes on sale in 2020, everyone will have a perfected and properly engineered GT3 car. That's just good business. With this, Acme needs some drivers that could be considered Platinum but if they are downgraded to Silver, that would make the Acme support and partnership with the sanction body seamless with no interruption.

The Acme 2.0 does it's year under this special rule for a factory team in 2019. Come 2020, the 2.0 is released to the general racing public. Problem is, nobody buys the 2.0. Only option is to have the 2019 team keep running but they will now be designated as non factory and thus everything is perfect.
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