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Topic Review (Newest First)
11-20-2007 04:07 PM
DirtyDeeds Looks like the Mini is staying put in GS for another year. Taken from the latest SCCA Fasttrack...
"Per the SAC, the proposed move of the Mini Cooper S from GS to DS has been withdrawn."
10-26-2007 06:16 PM
Dudes ZX3 It will be nice to see MiniCS head to DS, and I think with a good driver the SVTF can be a contender. I believe one took 8th? in Topeka, right?

Hell look at a Solstice GXP Z06 in AS, they are seconds faster then others in AS, WTF?!? Let alone over second ahead of other FTD's!
10-20-2007 09:36 AM
WeeAsp Concur with the good Reverend.

The Cooper S really had no business being in GS. Politics within the SCCA being what they are...

Remember when the WRX was first introduced and it was an HS car!?!?!?!?

Given the shift, I think it is entirely possible to see an SVTF at the National level.
10-19-2007 06:36 PM
killer ZETEC thats cool!!! i know i need a lot of practice (ive only run 4 events total so far so yea i'm a newb)
10-19-2007 01:12 PM
Klondike the svt just needs a few good drivers to leave the car in GS class and learn it and i think itll do really good, last year i ran my auto spi with svt springs and dampers, and in sts i usually came in top 10, with a auto 8V! i beat out mustangs and such, within a few tenths of a sec from celicas, and tegras
10-19-2007 11:22 AM
DirtyDeeds I went back through the scca national event archives and it looks like the folks that were running an SVTF back in 03, 04 and 05 were not top drivers, just one time national participants. Without data from top drivers in the SVTF, I think it's hard too say how well the car could do at nationals.

Case in point, the Shelby GT was the car to have in FS this year. It placed both 1st and 18th in FS. The 07 Mustang GT placed 2nd and dead last. The driver certainly makes a difference.

I don't know that the SVTF could ever win GS at nationals, but I think it could be a stronger contender than the results from past years would suggest.
10-19-2007 08:56 AM
Originally Posted by DirtyDeeds View Post
Do you know if any of the top drivers tried to work with it? If not, what makes you think it isn't?
Believe me, if any of the top autocrossers in the country thought that a Focus would be competitive at the National level then they would be driving one. The Mini Cooper has been successful because it is a contender right out of the box. The 2007 model is competitive in expert hands with only a set of lightweight wheels with DOT race tires. In previous years the Toyota Celica, Mazda Miata and the Dodge Neon were the cars to have. Of course it helped that Dodge was paying some hefty contingency money.
10-18-2007 08:02 PM
Originally Posted by GaryS View Post
It wasn't a contender before the Mini. What makes you think it will be different now?
Do you know if any of the top drivers tried to work with it? If not, what makes you think it isn't?
10-18-2007 07:52 PM
killer ZETEC my car is sts because of my catback, short ram, sts, and finally my rear stress bar. however i do wanna go faster. so i'm gonna do what i can to end up in street modified.
10-18-2007 05:08 PM
Originally Posted by DirtyDeeds View Post
It's looking like the SCCA might be moving the Mini Cooper S from G Stock the D Stock. With the Mini gone, I'm wondering if the SVTF might become a viable contender in GS.

What do you all think?
It wasn't a contender before the Mini. What makes you think it will be different now?
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