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Old 3 Jan 2003, 21:18 (Ref:463096)   #1
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Daytona Prototypes....

Just wondering if there were any plans on adding information on these fine cars to the site any time soon? I've found the Grand Am page to be somewhat wonky when I try to go to their site, and I've not been able to find more information *anywhere* on them.


Also....

I wonder if they're going to be legal for LeMans? Seems to me that somebody will get the idea (if they haven't already) and build one to ACO rules to run in whatever class will be applicable..or at least *try* to build one.


That's all for now...

laters, folks...
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Old 3 Jan 2003, 23:27 (Ref:463255)   #2
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Build a DSP built to Le Mans rules, and you'll end up with an LMP... - the regulations are quite different (this has been discussed, with gusto, in another thread called "DSP vs. Audi V8" or something like that).
Info added to "the site" - this board is affiliated with many sites, are you referring to www.mulsannescorner.com?
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Old 3 Jan 2003, 23:59 (Ref:463272)   #3
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Oh yeah, been a big fan of Mike's work for a while now.

I wasn't sure if anyone else had broached the subject, that's all.

Thanks for the update, though.
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Old 4 Jan 2003, 03:19 (Ref:463327)   #4
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This is a bit of a sticky subject, but I have posted my personal opinions on DSP once here on the forum. At this time I've judged the DSP to fall outside what we consider a prototype and hence we won't be covering them. There just isn't enough technical interest. Kind of the same reason we don't cover GTS or GT. Add to that very rigid rules, I think you'll find little, if any, variation over the years in DSP, and once the first season is covered, there really would be little reason to continue coverage from a technical standpoint.
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how about any of the 3.5l group c cars?
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Old 4 Jan 2003, 12:16 (Ref:463512)   #6
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Actually we're working on covering two of them at the moment. Only problem with covering the 3.5 liter cars is tracking down the relevant people and that takes time.
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MulsanneMike, when you say that "we won't be covering them", do you mean that you won't be building a page on your website, or that we may not discuss them on this forum?

I assume the former, but find it curious that you devote considerable coverage on your website to the Riley & Scotts, which are, after all, essentially "technically uninteresting" tube-frame-chassis cars when compared to the carbon tubbed R8, Courage C60, et al.

I agree with your assessment of the looks of DSPs, but wonder why you've decided to draw the line so arbitrarily? From what I've read, the new R&S DSP is little more than a Mark III with a rear subframe and roll cage tacked on...



On a technical note, I couldn't disagree more with your assessment that GA's tight rules make for uninteresting, "cookie-cutter" cars. While I admit that loose rules and a wide open budget make for sexier and faster cars, GA's tight rules just mean that the teams will have to employ even more subtle and clever tricks to extract the last few pounds of downforce while lowering Cd. Identifying and bringing to light those refinements sounds like it's right up your alley.

I hope you'll reconsider your decision to forego discussion of DSPs...

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Old 4 Jan 2003, 14:45 (Ref:463610)   #8
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Discuss away on the forum! Its Craig's forum, not mine.

And I wholeheartdely disagree with your assement of the "low-tech" MkIII C as it simply embodies the excitment and deisgn range available in LMPs. That in and of itself is worthy considering its high-brow company in the category. You won't see that in DSP.

I stand by my assement of DSPs potential evolution. So far what I've seen is very underwhelming. Mulsanne's Corner is dedicated to cutting edge design. I see DSPs as a step backwards. We might as well be covering GT40s on the historic circuit. Frankly I've been put off by the rules makers arbitray writing of the rules. Why such large greenhouses? I know thye were approaced by one manufacturer early about the odd proportions it conveyed. Why the elimination of any carbon in the chassis? The R&S MkIII carbon/tube frame hybrid was hardly extravagent. Why mandatory front radiators? Quite frankly, where the air enters the car, how it is managed, is what gives sports cars their unique looks. If you're worried about crash protection, mandate spec structure. They did it for side protection, why not frontal and elimate the need to mandate the radiator up front.

But ultimately I am open to being swayed. So perhaps its more accurate that secretly I have a wait and see attitude though I'm pessimistic? Just being frank and honest here. I don't see the fuss over DSPs, they aren't even close to being WSC equivalents at the same period in their development and they aren't the answer to the escalating costs in sports car racing.
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During one moment I though it was Ekstrom´s TT in Daytona!!
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During one moment I though it was Ekstrom´s TT in Daytona!!
Whose particular car is that Red Bull one? the website wasnt particulary helpful in pointing that out!
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Whose particular car is that Red Bull one? the website wasnt particulary helpful in pointing that out!
It´s BMW Picchio Grand Am prototype, with Law/Said/Riccitelli/Quester at wheel.

I don´t like Grand Am prototypes but in this case I have to recognize the car looks beatiful!!
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aha , thanks for that!
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The DSPs are what they are.
Anyhow, what's much more worrying is the way the SR2 class is so WAAAY off the pace. They are slower than the GTs. GrandAm should really reconsider those restrictions.
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Anyhow, what's much more worrying is the way the SR2 class is so WAAAY off the pace. They are slower than the GTs. GrandAm should really reconsider those restrictions.
I don´t understand the political of restrictions of Grand Am. If I would have money I would run a GT class car, GT cars have the same speed of always but their rivals are more and more slow.

In my opinion they (Grand am chiefs) are in the wrong way.

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If I would have money I would run a GT class car
Aha, good point - I would go for a "tubeframer" GTS. Wit hdecent preparation, they are the dark horses this year.
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