Maybe this already exists and I just don't know about it, but I think racing could return to relevance if the rule book was whittled down to just three entries. 1) A production version of the race car must be available to consumers with all of the same performance equipment for $65K. 2) The race car must have the proscribed safety equipment installed - cage, harness, seat, etc. 3) The race car may not deviate from the production model except as it relates to the safety requirements specified in rule #2. This would free the manufacturers and teams to focus on whatever areas of performance they wanted (weight reduction, horsepower, suspension design, etc.) but within the constraints of a production car that real people can afford. Imagine if you had the big name drivers (and corresponding media coverage) from F1, NASCAR, IndyCar, etc. - but in cars that you could go out and buy. I would love to see BMW, Lotus, Mustang, Corvette, Supra, etc. all competing in this series. Win on Sunday, sell on Monday could become a thing again. Issues identified during the races could be used to improve the production model. You and I could participate in HPDE events at the same tracks and in the same cars as our driving heroes. What's not to love?
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Awesome! I would love to read a technical article - maybe by Don Sherman - explaining the various types of suspension designs and pros/cons. For example, we are told that the new GT3 is going from a strut based front suspension to double wishbone. I'd love to understand the details between the two designs and what makes one better than the other.
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