first off, N02 is NOT forced induction. It is a power adder true, but FI it is not. Forced induction uses an impeller to force more air into the combustion chamber. nitrous is shooting oxygen, essentially, into the engine in an inert form, then when it combines with fuel it basically breaks down so that we have all this 02 in the combustion chamber and BLAMO, more power.
Nitrous is essentially fuel, in a way. Yes, I suppose you are shooting more air into the car via a nozzle, but only in a round about way is that FORCING air in.
The car is still NA, PERIOD.
Secondly, I think the ZZyxz car has proven that our build is just mild.
Anyone notice how much the headwork on that car goes for retail? Over $4,000... for just the heads. That is more than our entire engine and then some. So while we are rolling with a 3500 engine, that other car probably has maybe twice to 2.5 times into the engine what we have. Also, it's a racecar that is not daily driven.
Also as pointed out above, put a 120hp elise vs the STi on the track and buh-by STi. The ZtH car has an amazing chassis/tire package now so it will out-handle an STi no prob.
Also, we aren't racing at Laguna, we are racing at Pacific with LONG straights... I think a little power adder will come in handy.