||08-23-2008 09:44 PM
Locally, I think it'd be nice to have the SVT in HS. I ran mine in GS last season and found myself, like everybody else in GS without a Cooper, significantly behind the Cooper S's, one with and one without the LSD. Looking at my raw times, the SVT in my club would have been perhaps too strong, but we don't have much serious HS competition.
Nationally, I don't see it making a huge difference. The SVT is pretty well crippled by high curb weight, poor front suspension geometry and inopportune fender clearances. You won't get a situation like the Scion TC, which enjoys wide camber adjustment and plenty of room to stuff big Hoosiers on the 17x7's - it'd be similar to a Mazda3 2.3's situation, with relatively poor handling to the base Cooper's but significantly better corner exit grunt. Only, the 3 can fit, I THINK, a 245mm Hoosier on the stock wheels, which I'd pay good money to see fit on a stock-legal wheel on my car without pushing into the dampers so hard as to lock the wheel.
I race an FMod now anyway, so they can do as they like :)