Originally Posted by mhoward1
I don't think it's because they are hard to race or complicated, just not competitive due to classing.
In any class there are the one to three front runner brands and just about everyone runs them. Someone will try something new and it will either work or not. If not then no one else will try. The 350z struggled in T2 for the same reasons.
I think for the Subaru's to be competitive then a few letters to the SCCA board need to be written.
I came in here to post almost exactly this. In any given class, there is the so-called overdog and everything else gets left behind. For SM, its the 99 car. For TTA/PTA with NASA, its a C5ZO6. People will race what works, not many people will take the time to develop a car to its true potential. And when you attempt to do so, its a long, laborious, uphill battle. Ask me how I know.
Ill also venture a guess to say that if you examine the crowd that typically buys a WRX/STI, they fall into one of two groups: people who buy the car for "the scene", and those who dont have the pocketbook to fund something else. In either case, neither is very concerned about motorsports, and especially not the second part. It costs A LOT of money to field a car. It will cost you $30k to run a SM at the pointy end. Can you go racing for $10k? Sure. But thats a lightweight, low power car thats easy on its cheap consumables. Contrast that with a car thats faster, heavier, not as well engineered and requires a significant investment up front to make reliable before you even get into the go-fast bits, and I think you really start to get to the root of the problem.