SCCA Announces Entry-level Spec 86/BRZ Autocross Series
SCCA hones in on the daily driver enthusiasts and weekend warrior competitor with new Solo Spec Coupe class for autocross competition.
The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is the leading brand in offering access to entry level motorsport. Specifically, the broad availability of SCCA Autocross nationwide offers car enthusiasts a shot at pushing their cars to the limit in a safe environment. Since its inception in 1944, the group has been involved in all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both club and professional levels. Even yours truly carries a membership card.
It’s a big operation, with a big reach, but times are changing, and the SCCA needs to adapt to get younger drivers involved in the sport. To that end, a new entry-level spec racing class has been announced for SCCA autocross events. Named Solo Spec Coupe, or SSC, the goal is provide a competitive class without the massive expense associated with building a competitive car. The car of choice? The 2013-2016 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, of course. Sadly, 2017+ cars are currently exempted for the competitive edge they offer over the older models. The thought here is that these cars have depreciated enough to be inexpensive secondhand purchases. Or, that this can serve as an gateway for the enthusiast who has owned their car for a little while and wants to dip their feet in to competitive driving.
What makes it a spec class?
By partnering with TireRack, Koni, Eibach and SPC, the SCCA is offering discounted performance packages to build an SSC spec car. Solo Spec Coupe will offer a two-stage upgrade package to give racers additional flexibility. Tire Rack is SCCA’s Stage 1 Performance Package coordinating partner. The components will be offered to SCCA members at a discounted price, and an opportunity for non-members to join the Club before purchase. Drivers interested in the package can learn more at Tire Rack’s SSC webpage, but the basic elements include:
- Koni Sport Shocks, factory sealed (front left strut, right front strut and rear)
- Eibach Pro-Plus Kit (F/R springs and F/R adjustable anti-roll bars)
- SPC Front Alignment Kit (camber bolts, adjustable lower control arms and toe arms)
So, lowering springs, shocks, sway bars, and a few suspension arms to get the alignment dialed in. Sounds like a pretty simple setup that many enthusiasts may already be running on their cars. Again, the goal here is a simple, cost-effective package that works.
Additionally, Tire Rack is also the preferred supplier of the Stage 2 Performance Package. This includes 17x 8” wheels, running a minimum weight of 17 pounds with minimum offset of +40 millimeters. There will also be a 225/45R17 spec tire used in SSC with a minimum 200 treadwear. The specific spec tire brand will be named later this year.
Something seems to be missing
A Stage 3 Performance Package, consisting of a PCM/ECU retuning module, is currently being researched and considered for future use. Since the goal is here is a reliable daily driver package, power upgrades are quite limited. Combing through the rules reveals the only “power”‘ upgrades beyond this ECU reflash is a cat-back exhaust. All emissions equipment has to remain intact. So no intake, or headers allowed, sadly. If you want to go that route, the very popular STX class exists for this.
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Depending on your SCCA chapter/region, the 2018 season may be just about to start. Being a new class, 2018 will be a “test and tune” year, so some of these rules are likely to change a touch. That said, the competition is bound to be close, and the additional support for the 86 can only be a positive thing. We will be posting official updates from the SCCA as we get them on this exciting development.