And I quote you “Since founding Spec E30 in 2003, I have always maintained the core belief that Spec E30 is not about the cars, it’s about the racing. By implementing this rule, we are showing the racing community, and future Spec E30 racers, that an expensive engine is not required to be competitive in your local Spec E30 race”.
Should this be the goal moving forward in 2014, then why is the rule being implemented for the 2013 National Championships?
The National Championships are not a local spec E30 race/regional event. For most attending the National Championships, they have put a great deal of time, effort & money, etc to be at their best for this event. You have implemented this new rule basically 30 days out from the National Championships when most of those going have made a majority of their plans & prepped their cars.
I am fully aware that more than half the cars registered exceed the HP limit & no secret at this point, that the new motor in my car was the reason this rule is being implemented for the 2013 Nationals.You can check the registration, I was the first to register for spec e30 the day registration opened, why? Not because I planned to go there with a BIG HP motor, instead because a National Championship was the goal. This has been the goal all season. Now after all proper preparation has been made, I am effectively unable to run because my engine HP exceeds the limit. The only options that have been handed down by the powers at be are change class, withdraw your entry for a refund or put a legal motor in your car or drive another car. I am completely confident that my motor builder has built a 100% legal motor & I have offered to Nasa the opportunity to tear it down only to be denied. My Motor is legal & was built to the current rule set. Had you announced this NEW HP RULE set 60 days ago, I’m sure I would have opted to not build a new motor knowing that a new rule set was forthcoming. Nasa elected to change the rule with no notice (as it applies to the 2013 National Championships) no direction, no suggestion & no options to “detune” motors that exceed 162.9HP. Sorry, DQ
If the goal was not to spend money, This rule just made spec e30 racing more expensive at least for those planning to attend the Nationals with motors that exceed the new HP rule.
Please understand that I support the vision of spec e30, I even support the new rule, however, offering no allowable means to Detune leaves few options within the current set of rules to work with & could open up another can of worms. Implementing the rule for the 2013 Season, any part of it for that matter is just poor timing, not to mention there are many other questions being brought forward about this new rule from persons on the forum that may need to be addressed as part of this new rule set regarding HP Limit.
As National spec e30 Director, I am requesting that you reconsider implementing the HP rule set for the 2013 National Championships.