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Old 08-11-2015, 10:29 AM   #1
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Default Next Big Roadrace "thing"?

Quick opinion survey, but no poll because there are too many options/unknowns.

What do people here think the hottest, fastest growing, and sustainable road racing class will be over the next 5 years? Anything new showing real promise, or will SM and SpecE30 still be the “thing”?

Guess we will need to say which organization it will be in.
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Old 08-11-2015, 11:12 AM   #2
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I would say Gen3 SRF is most exciting growth for me.

Miata's will continue to be popular.

It would be cool to see Atoms and Radicals pick up a bit.
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Old 08-11-2015, 11:14 AM   #3
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I like the idea of SRF3, but I wonder how much the $10K increase in entry price will hurt it. $38K is steep for a spec class like that.

I expected more growth for SpecZ and SpecE36.
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Old 08-11-2015, 11:53 AM   #4
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I think that as E30s become harder to come by, spec3 and spec e46 will start to take off. SE30 isn't showing any signs of dying out though, it and spec miata still have the highest car counts on any given weekend.
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Old 08-11-2015, 03:21 PM   #5
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It probably won't be spec05STI


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Old 08-11-2015, 03:23 PM   #6
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I think that as E30s become harder to come by, spec3 and spec e46 will start to take off. SE30 isn't showing any signs of dying out though, it and spec miata still have the highest car counts on any given weekend.
spec3's get passed by E30's

e46's are a big jump in $$

E30's and Miata's still have a firm grip on amateur racing

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Old 08-13-2015, 11:30 AM   #7
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spec3's get passed by E30's

e46's are a big jump in $$

E30's and Miata's still have a firm grip on amateur racing

RWD FTW
Yes the spec3 backmarkers get passed by se30 leaders but all things being equal, they're 2-3 seconds faster depending on track. The e46 is a jump but still pretty cost effective in the grand scheme. Like I said, e30s and miatas aren't showing any signs of dying out. I do wonder if the NC MX-5s will catch on in amateur racing since I'm sure the release of the ND will drive prices down.
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:37 AM   #8
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Mike at AZP Installs is working really hard to make the Spec86 class a viable racing option.
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I would love to see some Touge series start up.....
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Mike at AZP Installs is working really hard to make the Spec86 class a viable racing option.
I think this could legitimately be the next big racing class. It's a step up from Spec Miata, but it's a lesser step than most of the other spec classes. The simpler the rules can be kept, IMO the more likely it is to succeed.
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I think this could legitimately be the next big racing class. It's a step up from Spec Miata, but it's a lesser step than most of the other spec classes. The simpler the rules can be kept, IMO the more likely it is to succeed.
I think the biggest obstacle to this might come from Spec M ND if that come to fruition.
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I think this could legitimately be the next big racing class. It's a step up from Spec Miata, but it's a lesser step than most of the other spec classes. The simpler the rules can be kept, IMO the more likely it is to succeed.
I really hope it does as the other spec classes are getting a bit long in the tooth and mired down with rule book accountants.
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I think the biggest obstacle to this might come from Spec M ND if that come to fruition.
I don't think SM5 will really take off much more than it already has. The NC cars are more expensive than the NA/NB SM classes, not much slower, and more fragile.

If there is a SM ND class, it'll be a while before it takes off. Most spec classes don't really even start to get any meaningful participation until at least 5 years after a new model car is released. Also, with no info yet on the robustness of the ND cars, I think Mazda may be a bit behind the curve of a Spec86 class.

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I really hope it does as the other spec classes are getting a bit long in the tooth and mired down with rule book accountants.
I frequently get asked if I'm going to run my 350Z in Spec Z, but I have no desire to. Even if it had a legal Spec Z cage (too many welded attachment points), it's an awful lot of money to spend on required spec parts when I know that I can build the car to be faster and more reliable for significantly less money.
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yeah, Spec Z/Nissan made some questionable decisions. The Diff Choices and allowing NISMO parts being just a couple.
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I would love to see some Touge series start up.....
said no one ever.
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Just had this discussion the other day while deciding what the next track car will be. General consensus is that spec46 is the next thing. Not to say that SE30 or Spec Miata are done by any means but we have been seeing the cost of getting into those series growing as the cars become harder to find. Compare that with an 330 E46 which can be had for less than $3k now and it can be cheaper to get into than the other series. The 86 is going to be a big deal eventually but right now its just not obtainable for as many people, which is why my FRS is going bye for an E36 or E46.
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Old 08-17-2015, 03:35 PM   #17
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Agree on spece46. Our spec e30 guys are already building and testing e46s. I'm gonna wait until they work it all out before I get rid of my e30, but that will most likely be my next car
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