Just looking at the SCCA club racing rules - it appears the option needs to be available to the public on or before March 1 of the year in which it is to be raced.SCCA HP Racer said:I knew they'd need a hardtop as soon as the Sol was announced, GM couldn't pass up racing it and to race it you need a hardtop. If they want to get this on the track in 2006, they better HURRY with that hardtop, it needs to be a regular production option that is available to EVERYONE for it to be legal.
Oh I want to switch to SSB racing!!
Hardtops are rarely (if ever?) required for just track days. The hardtop is only for SCCA Showroom Stock. The biggest hurdle for track days is going to be a SCCA legal roll bar at can be installed without having to hack up the car.Crimson Avenger said:For other clubs, the rules may only require the existence of the top, and that will mean rear wheel drive track days for my Solstice.
http://www.autoweek.com/article.cms?articleId=102458Sunny side up?
In an effort to qualify for Sports Car Club of America events, Pontiac plans to produce a removable hardtop version of the Solstice roadster, our sister paper Automotive News reports.A photo of the car, revealed recently at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ World Congress in Detroit, identified it as the 2007 Solstice GT. A Pontiac spokesman confirmed that the car is under study.The car would provide Pontiac with an entry in SCCA Stock-B-class races against the Mazda Miata, or in Grand-Am Cup ST-class events vs. the BMW 330 and Mazda RX-8.The 2006 Solstice roadster goes into production late this summer, followed by the 2007 Saturn Sky next spring. The GT would presumably follow that.
It was in one of my Sportscar mags - in the protests and hearing section.SCCA HP Racer said:Yeah they should use the Z4 issue as a lesson (I didn't think anyone here would know about it).
I don't really see why that rule needs to be there...they should be able to run with no top. The increased drag of no top may offset the lower CG (weight would still have to be at or below minimum). The cars have to run a cage anyway so why the hardtop requirement?
Then here's my dumb question for the day. How does Indy, CART, get away with no top? And what about vintage racing Datsun 1600 or Jaguar D? Or does this just mean that the SCCA is 100% against open-top racing? What about Factory5 spec racers, how do they fit? See I said it was a dumb question.solsticeman said:It was in one of my Sportscar mags - in the protests and hearing section.
I understand a hardtop is needed for the additional protection it offers in keeping appendages inside the car at all times under all the conditions. Most wheel-to-wheel races require arm restraints if you run a 'vert sans top and roll cage.
Supposedly, it is possible for your arms/hands to potentially penetrate fabric and end up outside the cage if you get into a bad situation (like a roll or tumble). Having a hardtop affixed lowers the chances of this happening. Combined with window net requirements, it all adds up to better safety.
:yesnod: Yeah, GM has been especially hushed about this. The magazines seem to indicate it is on the horizon, but the timeframe has been different depending on what source you read. Hopefully, they are ready to go next fall when they start up with the 2007 MY vehicles.DLD84 said:I love how there is still no concrete evidence that the 2007 will have a SC/TC would make the long wait I have to endure worthwhile