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Old 06-21-06, 06:43 AM
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New to the US with racing

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I will be moving to the US in 6 weeks. And im bringing my race prepped 7 with me. It's racing aprooved here in norway and it's built after the FIA racing specs on roll cages and other safty mesures.

What classes can i race the car in? Oh and the car is "street legal" here i norway. Got licens plates :P

It's a full Re-Amemiya GT300 WB kit. Singel turbo 500hp. Every thing done to suspension, and every thing else. Fuel cell and so on. And it's lightend to about 1200kg with all liquids on board.

How is the availabiltiy of Road Leagal racing tyres like Yokohama A048R and Bridgestone RE540/RE55?



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It would depend on where you are moving to what groups you can run with. You could probably run it in the SCCA ITE class, but that's a regional class, so the rules are different in each region. There's also NASA's Performance Touring class, where they class the car based on the car's capability (points for mods). NASA's not in every region though, as it's a relative newcomer to the amateur racing game.

There's plenty of road legal racing tires here, some that are available in Europe and Japan aren't available here, but we get Yokohama A048R, A032R, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup, Kumho 700, V700, 710, Hankook Z211, Toyo RA-1, Nitto NT-01, 555RII, Hoosier A6 and R6 to name all that I can remember off the top of my head.
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Old 06-22-06, 10:58 AM
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Il be moving to the DFW area. And il probably be bugging DamonB alot about track days, autox and other types of events all over the US

But it would be interesting to find out what kind of classes i could run in. Il be working alot. So not sure how much i can do on the national scene. And that would probably be pretty expensive before i could get some sponsors.

The car is built after the FIA regulations with 10 point fully welded roll cage. And all the other FIA regulations.

If there is some kind of production car/road legal racing class that would probably be an ideal class.

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Maybe NASAProRacing.com has a TimeTrialUnlimited (TTU) group in TX that you can run in?

Nice FD! What size tires are you running front/rear?

What type of brakes? Did you keep the ABS?
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SCCA has no road racing class for the FD w/ turbos, only autocross or Solo II as it is called here. NASA Texas is strong and as mentioned above they now has a Performance Touring Class open to almost any make car. Its new this year, will fit almost any car. It follows their Time Trial points format whereby a particular OEM car starts with some base points and each change made, weight reduction, etc is assigned upgrade points. Classes are clusted in point groups.
Check out these sites

http://www.nasaproracing.com/proracing/index.html
http://www.performancetouring.com/
http://www.nasatx.com/main.asp

Texas now has three tracks, with two near DFW

plus Hallet Oklahoma

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Old 06-23-06, 02:38 AM
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Originally Posted by gnx7
Maybe NASAProRacing.com has a TimeTrialUnlimited (TTU) group in TX that you can run in?

Nice FD! What size tires are you running front/rear?

What type of brakes? Did you keep the ABS?
Thanks

Tires are Yokohama A048R with 285/30-18 in the back and 26/35-18 in the front. Brakes are AP Racing 6 pot 330mm. And the ABS have been removed.
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Originally Posted by Julian
SCCA has no road racing class for the FD w/ turbos, only autocross or Solo II as it is called here. NASA Texas is strong and as mentioned above they now has a Performance Touring Class open to almost any make car. Its new this year, will fit almost any car. It follows their Time Trial points format whereby a particular OEM car starts with some base points and each change made, weight reduction, etc is assigned upgrade points. Classes are clusted in point groups.
Check out these sites

http://www.nasaproracing.com/proracing/index.html
http://www.performancetouring.com/
http://www.nasatx.com/main.asp

Texas now has three tracks, with two near DFW

plus Hallet Oklahoma
In the NASA PT i would be classed in the SU class. But i can't find out anything about that special class. Or is it the same rules for all the classes within PT?

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Super Unlimited is an anything goes class. All you need to do is meet the safety specs. Everything else is wide open
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You can run with the SCCA in Super Production. Something like SPO is a regional catch all class. Regardless of performance modifications there will be somewhere to race wheel-to-wheel, time trial, or autocross your car with either the SCCA, NASA, BMWCCA, etc as long as it meets those bodies safety requirements.
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not to go off topic, but very nice fd! hope to see it in person someday now that it'll be in the US
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Thanks adictd2b00st

I hope to be able to drive it alot on the track. And to go to a few other typs of meets like Sevenstock and so on.

But im realy looking forward to comming over, and to drive the car alittle more then 4 months a year.

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Originally Posted by jantore
But im realy looking forward to comming over, and to drive the car alittle more then 4 months a year.

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I knew norway had to have some downside. It is my favorite country to go to on business trips.
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Originally Posted by Julian
I knew norway had to have some downside. It is my favorite country to go to on business trips.
It's a realy nice place in the summer. It's verry temperate and not to warm. But last week we did have 90 degrees.

And the nature is so nice. And i think we have the northest racing track in the world. Artic Circle Raceway, it's located above the artic line

But im looking forward to moving.

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Originally Posted by jantore
It's a realy nice place in the summer. It's verry temperate and not to warm. But last week we did have 90 degrees.

And the nature is so nice. And i think we have the northest racing track in the world. Artic Circle Raceway, it's located above the artic line

But im looking forward to moving.

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You will be in for quite a shock here It's hot as ****, get that cool suit order placed asap.
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Your only problem with racing in Texas will be getting used to that punishing heat during the summer. In the car during mid day I can't even imagine how hot it would get.

I visited in January a few years back and I was wearing shorts in the AM, drove for 2 hours and it was beginning to snow! That place has a crazy climate. Hope you can adapt quickly as I don't think I could handle it.

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What you talking about. Yesterday a "cold" front came in so I decided it was time to pull some more parts from the parts car stored outdoors. I was surprised, it was only 96. But yes get the cool suit .. and what radiator are you running; PS you may be down 30 hp here.
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Originally Posted by Julian
What you talking about. Yesterday a "cold" front came in so I decided it was time to pull some more parts from the parts car stored outdoors. I was surprised, it was only 96. But yes get the cool suit .. and what radiator are you running; PS you may be down 30 hp here.
Hehe

The first thing im gonna do when i get over is redo the cooling system. Order a electric water pump from summit. And get a new coustom radiator built, and box it in with Alu plates. To direct the airflow. It has alu plates now. But it's not good enough for TX summers.

But i can drive 50 rounds now without seeing 100 degrees celcius water temps. But it's alot hotter in texas tho.

But the cooling system will be redone once i get over. Parts i need is just to expensive to order here in norway.

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Fluidyne or Mazda Motorsport "AWS" radiators are high quality and provide good cooling.
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I hope your car is US specs, if not you would only be limited to sanctioned races and never be legally titled in the US. Unless you are coming to the USA as a Diplomat or military orders, you would have to convert it and it will cost lots of money to put it "stock" again to DOT or EPA specs. It will be a track only car if you can't.
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Originally Posted by JerryPerez
I hope your car is US specs, if not you would only be limited to sanctioned races and never be legally titled in the US. Unless you are coming to the USA as a Diplomat or military orders, you would have to convert it and it will cost lots of money to put it "stock" again to DOT or EPA specs. It will be a track only car if you can't.
It's a JDM car. Wich is registrated here after current European rules with TÜV documents. And i have been told that i can registrate it in TX.

And when it comes to racing. Any car can be enterd as long as it's a production car, and that it follows the regulations of that spesific class i belive. Well that's how it is here in norway anyway.

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Register it, yes. The issue is if you can get is inspected.

Registering it basically will get you a license plate. The Division of Motor Vehicles usually does not require that they actually see the car in order for this to be done. But considering that you are importing a foriegn vehicle, I am not familiar enough with the process.

But in addition to registration, the state usually requires the owner to have the car inspected (usually the local service stations will perform this). A sticker is issued and put on the inside of the windshield. It is valid for one or two years depending on the state.

This inspection is to certify that the car is safe to operate on the roads. Part of the inspection is a check of the emissions equipment. The rules vary from state to state but in general they do require you to have all emission equipment on the car and they will visually verify this. Getting the car inspected may be a bit of a problem.

Someone from Texas will need to verify what their local laws are.

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Seriously, Texas is county by county inspection laws. DFW area is much tougher than where I live.
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Well i have the inspection well under controll, after what i have been told by the ppl i know in DFW.

So it should be ok. The car will pass emission test. All i need to do is put on my cat and it's a go. It did pass emissions here 1 month ago.

So it should be good.

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I live a few states east of Texas in Alabama. Here in the Southeast division of SCCA, you could road race in the Super Production class. SCCA has very strict safety rules; a by-the-book tech inspector will make you meet the tough safety rules of the SCCA GT class. SCCA will allow a race car built to another racing series to race in Super Production if the owner can produce the rule book of the other racing series and prove that their car meets ALL the safety rules of the other racing series; window nets, fire supression systems, seat, seat back restraints, driver restraints, fuel cells (very expensive!), electrical kill switch, scatter shield for bell housing, drive shaft safety restraint loops, etc.

NASA is much more lenient than SCCA on their safety rules; they are looking for cars to build their racing fields so they sometimes let cars run which do not meet the letter of their rule book. For just simple track days (not fender to fender racing,) their are many promoters who will let almost anything run. Fender to fender racing has much stricter safety rules and licensing rules than track days.
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