I’ve submitted the following proposal to the series directors. Discuss please.
Rule change proposal – Splitters
Submitted by: Simon Hunter
I would like to put forth a rule change proposal regarding splitters. I have 2 proposals with my first choice being the first one.
Proposal 1: Change the rules to say that the body must remain completely stock or some wording like that. It’s simple and there is no grey area. I vaguely remember this being discussed before and the argument against it was the cost of replacements. As someone who has fixed the front end I did not see these high costs replacing the lower valence on my late body car.
Proposal 2: If this is not acceptable I would like see that the rules instead say stock body work, or replacement panels can be substituted that only run perpendicular to the ground and retain the same aprox size and shape of the original stock panels (or some similar wording).
Here are my reasons for the rule change
The splitters being run are totally against the spirit of a spec class. I’m not saying they are illegal, they are not and I have no problem with the drivers who have chosen to build and run them. This is a spec class and you reasonably expect every car to be similar and that all parts are readily available to all competitors. These homemade splitters are detracting from spec. It would be more acceptable if I could purchase this splitter but I can’t. I have to be able to build this splitter myself with no real guidelines to abide by. I’m not the greatest at building things and I can pretty much guarantee my splitter will be not so effective.
They are costly. Not in parts so much but in labor and maintenance. Time is very important to me now that I have twins. I don’t want to invest the time and money (if I can’t do it myself) to build a splitter that will give a minor performance gain. It’s not just the initial investment but the ongoing maintenance of this splitter. Every off track incident you have is likely to rip this thing off along with the associated damage to parts of the car that it is attached to. It might even mean you have to rebuild the whole thing or like me if you don’t have those resources perhaps it means paying to have another one built multiple times.
There are other benefits that although minor are there.
a. My car won’t go straight on the trailer with the splitter attached, so it has to be designed to be removable. Just one more thing to do when packing up. Yey, I’m excited aren’t you
b. Your car won’t be underweight from ripping off your splitter when you hit the scales, Hi Steve
The performance benefit of the splitter itself is certainly debatable and I don’t think removing it will shake up the order or anything. The faster guys will still win, but the problem does exist that the perception is that they make a difference and even if it’s only a couple of tenths that is something that is worth doing with the closeness of the competition. My problem is that maybe I don’t have the access to the same splitter that the other guy does and this shouldn’t be a factor in a spec class. I realize there are still differences between the stock body styles but the delta between those is negligible in my mind especially compared to a car that has all the fixings with a functional splitter compared to stock. Thanks for considering my proposal.