Originally Posted by Barwick
I saw that a miata won the runoffs, but I also noticed that there were a ton of RX-7's. I definitely don't want to freaking have a miata, I'm so sick of seeing those things...
I see there was a good mix of first and second gens at the runoffs in E-Prod... even a convertible ....
That convertible belongs to Dave Lemon of MAZDATRIX - iirc it actually started life as a coupe and had the top removed for weight reasons - it is actually hard to build a second gen down to the 2500# weight limit. expecially so the factory convertables that have about 100# of extra steel in the chassis.
the major disadvantge to running 2nd gen RX-7 in e- production is that they have to give 200# to the Miatas while running on the same size wheels & tires, and do to the fact that the Rotaries have to run stock style porting (ie 6 ports, no Bridge or Perif. intake porting allowed) they don't have a big HP (if any) advantage over the Miatas.
That said I think the 2nd gen is still a better choice for EP than either a 12a or 13b first gen because of their far superior, suspension, steering and brakes.
most the first gens are moving into GT-3 where they can build full tube chassis, run perif port motors, and upgrade to better steering, brakes, and suspensions.