enginerd Posted October 26, 2021 Report Share Posted October 26, 2021 (edited) Now that my racing season is done I'll join in on the 'silly season'.. and there's something I have to get off my chest: a desire to change the free spring rule The free spring rule was pushed through the board as some kind of "cost savings" measure, probably by BMW teams who wanted to use H&R race springs for free. I can't remember exactly It has seen a change or two over the years and the end result is that we now have a rule where your springs are free if they are substantially similar to the stock offering (defined in the rulebook). Everyone knows that with small changes in wire diameter, springs can vary widely in stiffness. So these 'substantially similar' springs could have a huge range of performance and function as well as an aftermarket racing spring setup. As such, using custom 'free springs' is held up as a pinnacle of ChampCar building by some members of the TAC and some members. Don't like a VPI increase? That's ok, you weren't optimizing your car in the first place. You can just drop your 40 point coilovers and get equal performance for free for the low low price of several sets of custom springs and a few trips to the track to tune them. Do we really want this huge time and money expense rewarded with the equivalent of 40 free points by not using coilovers? I sure don't. I see that and say 'holy crap I'm not doing that, and I sure hope nobody else does'. I like a lot of the ChampCar rules which favor ingenuity rather than bolt on parts... bending or cutting a control arm to improve geometry is free while buying an aftermarket control arm gets you dinged for non-OE suspension component. The spring rule however... the custom spring setups require way too much time and money and shouldn't be rewarded with zero points. I'm fielding input on a petition. The gist would be: - stock springs in stock form or modified by cutting and/or heating = 0 points - any non-OE spring even if it's similar in size = 5 pts. per corner - non-OE spring with adjustable "coilover" perch = 10 pts. per corner Edited October 26, 2021 by enginerd 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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