Thursday, January 8, 2015

FIAT 500 Abarth Autocross Class Change?

The Sports Car Club of America has received enough questions about where to class the Abarth that they are now seeking more opinions from members on whether it should be moved to the slower H Street class, instead of G Street where it has been since arriving in the US in 2012. NMS-North driver Bob (me) has submitted an affirmative YES PLEASE to the SCCA. If you are a SCCA member, I hope you will  write to them and express your opinion one way or the other, as long as you agree with me!

While I'm pretty happy to drive in any class and either win or lose, I have to admit that moving to a usually slower class sounds brilliant! The biggest factor in all these classes has to come down to the driver's ability, so I can't argue the technical decisions on how cars get put in one class or another, but it seems pretty wild to be driving my 160hp FIAT against say the Ford Focus ST that has about 250hp. The Ford weighs more, and probably has a different weight distribution, track, wheel base, brakes, wheels, and everything else, so how can you compare these cars anyway?

 In other words, I'm  just going for a good old selfish "why not race in a slower class" anyway answer, and plan to go out and have fun this year no matter how it turns out. Doing autocross at the local level isn't going to matter or involve any prizes anyway, so maybe the really good drivers that compete nationally have a better opinion on this one! Like a lot of things in life, you can't control the other guy, so just worry about the things you can control and have some fun along the way too!

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