Calling all Road Racers!
Calling all Road Racers!
It’s time to bring your Improved Touring, LeMons and Chump cars back to life.
Remember that one time you decided that you wanted to race cars? You bought a Miata and spent many a weekend in your garage working on her. But after a few seasons of driving around your local racetrack, you got bored. It’s ok… it happens to the best of us.
We know that both you and your baby are itching to get out of the garage and go fast so now is your chance – SCCA RallySprint!
What is RallySprint?
Driven on 2-3 mile, mostly gravel courses, RallySprint is a race against the clock. The competitor with the combined lowest time of each one-day event takes home the prize in their division. With courses that vary at every race, you will be surprised and challenged over and over. You will see different surfaces, lengths and cautions, providing all the fun of Stage Rally without the risk. Both you and your car get to go home in one piece!
Since RallySprint rules are based loosely on SCCA Road Race, your beloved Miata is likely almost ready to go as-is (as long as it has a factory hard top). Most road race cars have the minimum safety requirements necessary to race in the RallySprint series but don’t take our word for it. Here is the breakdown:
Additional Safety Requirements:
- Passenger seat
- Safety harness
- Roll cage padding
- Intercom System
- Suspension: Stock springs and upgraded shocks are a good starting point.
- Sway Bars: Put your stock sway bar back in. It is probably narrow, which is helpful in preventing de-beads, and strong.
- Wheels: 15” OEM wheels are usually a safe bet – robust and dependable. They should be narrow and strong enough to hold up to the rigors of RallySprint. Featherlight wheels are less durable and are not recommended. (Method Wheels and Team Dynamics have some great products to work with.)
- Tires: You are going to want to get a set of gravel rally tires to best suit all around conditions of Rally Sprint. Companies like Perelli, Maxxis and Yokohama are a few brands you might want to check out. And don’t shy away from used tires. They are a reliable and inexpensive way to get acquainted with the new-to-you surfaces.
So, if you’re a road race competitor who is interested in Performance Rally but don’t want to spend the big bucks (or run into a tree at 100 mph) this is for you. Let’s get the mothballs out of your Chump, IT and LeMons cars and return them to their intended glory!
Two-Wheel Drive Under 2.5 Liters (R2U) – for front- or rear-wheel drive vehicles with adjusted engine capacity under 2.5 liters.
Two-Wheel Drive Over 2.5 Liters (R2O) – for front- or rear-wheel drive vehicles with adjusted engine capacity of 2.5 liters or greater.
Four-Wheel Drive Under 2.5 Liters (R4U) – for all- or four-wheel drive vehicles with adjusted engine capacity under 2.5 liters.
Four-Wheel Drive Over 2.5 Liters (R4O) — for all- or four-wheel drive vehicles with adjusted engine capacity of 2.5 liters or greater.
*Adjusted engine capacity is the actual displacement for normally-aspirated engines or 1.4 times the actual displacement for vehicles with forced induction (turbochargers, superchargers).
All photos copyright Greggar Helgeland 2015