gsx-lex wrote:I've been thinking of picking up an automatic AWD 1g dsm and competing.
when i first read this i thought, you must be trolling me right
yeah, we might know a thing or two about rally dsm's. we picked up a 90 talon tsi at one point to pull rally duty.
Here's my $0.02. *stock* spare parts were always difficult to find. almost everything aftermarket was designed for street racing, making it less useful for rally (e.g. everything is lowered and made to cut weight not make it more durable). YMMV though if you work at a dsm shop and have a constant supply of good condition stock spares.
dsm rally parts in the U.S. of A didn't exist, be prepared to fab your own stuff.
it's a dsm, so every rally outing ended in catastrophic failure and with the talon trying to kill us on numerous occasions. Full disclosure, our build started out w PO partially disassembled street/drag racer missing half the bolts.
I was wondering if a moderately modified AWD turbo car can be competitive in the DC area group?
Like prorallycodriver, we had an evo3 16G. this is supposed to be a smaller "quicker spooling" turbo. I ran an evo for a couple rallyX events at dover. the twin-scroll design helps it spool quicker than an evo3 16G. because it's rallyX, i would argue that you would spend most of your time "the dead zone" under 3500rpms. coupled with an automatic, that seems like a disaster, i mean, it just seems like you'd be fighting the car most of the time instead of concentrating on driving.
Now, a couple of the summit point courses do open up, where having a turbo would be an advantage, but imo, these are few and far between compared to the small tight/technical corners where a lighter NA awd cough cough 2.5rs would have the advantage.
At the end of the day it all depends on what you want to get out of rallyX. i'm a big fan of run what you got first, learn, and then modify. moxnix rents an impreza and rx7 at the rallyX, so you might considering giving those a whirl. then jump in julian/my/some of the m4 cars and then decide. cheap to acquire does not always imply cheap to run/compete.