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Re: UK touring cars vs. Speed Vision's question (archive)

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Posted by CFL on June 12, 2000 at 09:16:00:

In Reply to: UK touring cars vs. Speed Vision's question posted by PeterE on June 12, 2000 at 08:07:35:

: I am watching Speed Vision's World Challenge #2 on Saturday night, and the Integra Type R's are dominating the E-36's while a E-46 built by TC-Kline is competitive. Then right after that, the BTCC comes on and 3 Ford Mondeos are handing an Accord and a Type R their asses to them. Wassup with that? Aren't Mondeos Contour SVT's? Does this mean a juiced up Contour can run with an ///M? Anyone know the rules differences on what you can do with the motors in BTCC that you can't do in the World Challenge? I also heard that the ///Ms running in the GT division in the World Challenge get to run with superchargers so that they are competitive with the Vipers and big-block Ford and GM cars. Is that true?

Answering that last question first, I believe the M3's are using Euro motors. Listen to the engines, they don't sound like US M3 ones to me. Derek Bell ran a supercharged M Coupe for a while last season and he was definitely out gunned. Watching that last race it looks like Peter Cunningham will definitely win some races once they start modifying his engine.

On the BTCC question, I don't know much about those cars but they seem faster than the WC GT cars, only judging by the in-car video. I would guess they are a lot lighter than what the Speedvision GT rules would allow, look at how their bodywork breaks off really easily. The GT cars are more on par with club racers either BMW CCA A-Mod or SCCA's ITE class. That's my guess anyway.

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