Originally Posted by Zachreligious
The hot setup in SCCA STL for miatas now appears to be an NB chassis with a 1.6 - because you can run significantly lighter than a 1.8.
The hot setup in SCCA STL is any Honda chassis with a K20.
The fastest STL miata (at least last year, and should be this year) was Jim Drago. I'm pretty sure his is an NB with some sort of 1.8. Reportedly the car makes 185whp, which I seriously doubt a 1.6 could do. Actually, I doubt a 1.8 could do it within the constraints of the rules (11.0:1 max compression, 0.450" max lift, no porting of the head allowed, etc.) but maybe.
STL should be a pretty awesome race at the Runoffs this year. Currently there are 28 cars registered (myself included). Unfortunately my STL car hasn't really been built yet...and the runoffs is in like six weeks.....and I have to go to three Grand AM races in between....
Sorry, back to the topic at hand.
It seems like a good deal but I have a few concerns.
1st: That chassis was never really any good. I know there's a handful of people that raced them with mixed results, but it's just not a great chassis to race. Also the QR engine was mostly junk, hence the SR's in these motors.
2nd: There isn't really any where to race these cars. Sure they could race in STL, but I can think of other FWD 2.0L powered cars that would be much, much better. You could race them in NASA PT but again, I think a person would have trouble getting them competitive. Really, these cars are a couple of red-headed stepcars, no one wants to put the time into running them and that's why they are basically free.
3rd: I can only guess at how much, but it would definitely take a decent amount of time and a bit of money to get these cars back into racing shape. Who knows how long they've sat for, but it sounds like 10 years. A lot of weird sh*t happens in ten years.
Anyway, $200,000 of pro race cars for $15,000 seems like a really good deal but who knows...