I just have a couple of problems with P1/P2. They're too fast and too expensive for me. I've seen your in-car videos, and they scare me! I'll admit it, I'm not man enough to race a P2. I've raced Club Ford, and I'm happy with that speed.
I know what you're thinking: then just go race an SRF! I'm sure racing an SRF would make me a better driver, but they're 1670 lbs and slower than FF. And not cheap, either. I think a new SRF3 is $40,000 to $45,000!
Then there's the NASA NP01. About FF speed, but also pretty heavy (1450 lbs without driver). But then there's the price: $76,000 kit. $10,000 to assemble it.
Sure, F600 is almost a sports racer, and those motorcycle engines sure sound good. Just as fast as FF, and a lot less expensive. I'm just not sure about the handling with that solid axle though. Tires aren't cheap ($730 a set) and don't last very long. And kind of short, too. Only a couple race in my region.
I could race a formula car. FV is pretty cheap, but also kind of slow and not too sexy. FF would be good, especially since they finally got the engine and tire costs under control.
Still, what I really want is a sports racer. I want a sports racer that does FF times--could safely race in the FF group. An entry-level sports racer. Sort of a Legends car done right.
There have been several lengthy discussions on apexspeed about the lack of an entry-level purpose-built class in the SCCA that could attract new drivers. These discussions have been titled "Formula D", "Open Wheel Miata", "Phoenix FS FS600", "The cheapest practical SR2", "Entry Level Formula Car", and "FS1000 Scalable to FB". The cars have been called "FD", "Formula Super 600", and "FS1000".
The one I liked the most was the light-weight (950 pounds with driver) formula car with no down-force and an 8000-rpm 1-liter motorcycle engine, to make it run FF lap-times. FF front tires all around. Kind of a scaled-down F1000. Or an FF with a motorcycle engine. Various prices have been floated--$20-25K for a kit. Both Citation (Steve Lathrop) and Phoenix (Dustin Wright) believe they can build this FS1000 car as a roller for that price, if they can get enough orders.
I talked to those two people about building one of these for me. Neither one wants to do it at quantity one. They don't believe that if they build it, we will come. At one-off production scales, a car would cost nearly twice the above target. And I don't know how to get 20 orders together (nor should I--that's not my job).
But I still want it. Except with a sports-racer body. Call it P3. FF lap times, no down-force, low drag, lightweight, long-lasting tires. Faster and less expensive than an SRF. Cheaper to run than an F600.
Now, I can't build it from scratch with the affordable parts as proposed (I lack the skills), but I can demonstrate the concept, maybe get other people interested.
Probably the easiest way to get there is to take a used P2, remove all the down-force, put in a 30mm inlet restrictor in a 1-liter MC engine for about 115 HP, and bolt on some 13x6 wheels with FF tires. Change the springs and shocks to match. Sell the wings, the wheels, the expensive shocks.
So here's my question: which used P2 chassis would you recommend I start with to build a P3?
Keep in mind, I'm looking for something very light (750 lbs after removing wings, floor, and diffuser), with low drag. 63" to 70" wide, 90" to 99" wheel-base. Preferably with push-rods and in-board dampers. And not too expensive, of course--maybe $20,000 used.
Oh, forgot to mention--I'm 6'-1". I'm not real wide though--15".
Suggestions on other ways to build a P3 that runs with the FF's are welcome. There are of course more difficult ways--like starting with an F1000 or an FF.
So, what do you think--a stupid idea or exactly what's missing for entry-level road racers?