|Now on to Mike's area of expertise! SUSPENSION VOODOO MAGIC!|
Some of the suspension rules have been re-worded to make it a bit easier to read. Last year, most of the suspension rules read kind of like this:
“8.4.1 Front cross member and/or front or rear sub-frame
Front and rear sub-frames and cross members must be stock and available on the exact model that is competing in Formula Drift. The subframe must also be mounted in the precise stock located, without being moved in any plane. Front subframes may only be modified in the interest of relocating or mounting of the steering rack. Rear subframes may only be modified in the interest of mounting or relocating a differential. The rear subframe must retain at least one major member that spans the entire width of the subframe, thereby keeping the original dimensions of the subframe intact. Any other modifications, cutting, welding, strengthening, etc is not allowed.”
|Rules are hard enough to read, let alone on an iPhone or similar phone!|
Hmm, sort of hard to really read there as there is a ton of information that could be very easily missed and bring up an issue for translators, too. Well, now those rules are better written and easier to comprehend. For example that same rule now reads:
“8.3.2. Front Suspension Design
188.8.131.52. OEM front sub-frames and cross members must be stock and available on the exact year make and model that is competing in FORMULA DRIFT.
184.108.40.206. Original suspension design type must remain: Double wishbone, MacPherson
strut etc. Suspension relocation brackets that move suspension points or pivots regardless if they are bolt in to the chassis will not be allowed.
220.127.116.11. Subframe must remain in the factory location: no relocation of the subframe on any plane will be allowed
18.104.22.168. All original suspension mounting tabs must remain in the original position.
NO cutting, welding, bending, drilling or modifications of any kind will be allowed.
22.214.171.124. Front subframes may only be modified to directly allow for oil pan/ starter
clearance and steering rack relocation. The front subframe must retain intact on at least one major member on one face that spans the entire width of the subframe, thereby keeping the original dimensions of the subframe intact. Any other modifications, cutting, welding, strengthening, etc is not allowed.”
|WOW, I can actually read that and know what the hell they are talking about!|
Wow, how much cleaner and easier is that to read? A lot! Now guys like Daigo Saito can get a translator to look at this and not have to say, “What the hell?” Since we are discussing some of these suspension rules, let's take a look at another new one!
|Amazing what a well written set of rules will do, huh?|