>If the objective is to make the championship more attainable
>to a larger number of competitors, and make the chances for
>everyone more even (car-wise at least) this is in an option.
Just out of curiosity, am I the only one here who thinks that the Championship has been MORE wide open since the bigger money came in? During the last few years, we've had great variety... Subaru, Mitsu, AV Sport (and, even looking at the first year the factory Subaru won, Seamus was in the hunt the whole time).
Prior to that it was all Libra, and one freakish year where a Jamaican came up here to collect the trophy.
Granted, I haven't been following Rally for 30 years like some of the folks on here, but I'm not sure the championship has ever really been attainable for the masses.
I voted for "leave it". In a few years, folks will wise up and ban turbos in 4wd Open, cap displacement at 3 liters or so, and Open will be allowed to remain pretty much the way it is now, with a minimum of lawyering while tightening competition.
To recap the "turbos are the debbil" argument, I make the following points: [ul] [li] $ + unrestricted turbo = unlimited horsepower [/li] [li] restricted turbos = higher level of development than a lot of people like [/li] [li] more $ + restricted turbo = still an awful lot of horsepower
============================================== [/li] [li] bottom line is, problem not solved. [/ul]
Normal aspiration solves this, providing cars that are still torquey and in the 300-350 hp range, but don't have that extra (EXPENSIVE) turbo system, boost afterburner (aka "control" ), melting cats, etc., etc.
But hey, folks are still gaga over the turbo cars. I won't have an open car for another five years, anyway. What do I care? I can wait.