I've seen it at Troy's shop and it's like 2/3 scale TT. And from what I hear the motor makes way more HP than what the release says. Power/ weight should be really high on this car, we'll see in a few weeks!!
I missed it...? That blows. It will not be competitive out of the box if you ask me. Down the road, however, watch out! I bet they had some of the long distance European races in mind when they built it. Light is right if you ask me. Collin Chapman, founder of Lotus once told his engineeres " add lightness" !!! can't wait for Laughlin
A lot of people counted out Damen Jeffries new TT last year as well, and said it would take a year to develop. his first race he got 3rd, then won the next 3. Did not dnf once in the first season, and won the points championship. pretty good for a new truck. I think the kia will do alright next year, but probably not at laughlin. I think that truck will thrive for races like the 500 and 1000. Comparable to ivan's truck in my book. I sure hope that baby is pumping out more than 350 hp though.
Actually, I talked with the guy who was called in to get more power out of the kia motor and he says as of now that is probably all they are making (about 50 hp more than when that motor powered a paristo dakar car a year or so ago). He's doing tons of head work on his flow bench on the next motor though so i would assume much more power later in the season.
Yeah, the first thing I thought about was weight:hp. But 350hp isn't gonna get it.
If the KIA weighs 4000#, the weight to hp ratio is 11.42:1. If the weight is 4500#, the weight to hp is 12.85:1. If it weighs 5000#, the ratio is 14.28:1.
As a contrast, a 7000# truck with a 700hp motor is 10:1. This car would have to weigh 3500lbs to equal.
This car may have other advantages, but weight to hp doesn't look like it.