.... you dont happen to be thinking about the "pro spec" trucks are you? that run a pro 2 chassis and a spec LS7?.... from my understanding the pro spec chassis is a modified "pro lite" chassis so some guys have bought older "pro lites" and converted them to "pro spec"
..... than again im probably wrong! haha
it's a pro lite w /small block chevy, raced against it last night at M4SX. this truck belongs to todd cunningham #5c. thing runs good strong and is competitive. talked to a few other guys as well and they are building the same truck. could be something in the feture?
I like the idea of the PL with a mild small block...has potential.
As for Vance's truck, here's the scoop. It really is just a 4.0 take-out motor and a stock 6sp manual box and clutch. The motor has no mods except for a different air filter/box and a set of Thorley headers. It runs the factory wiring harness and still runs the fly-by-wire throttle, not even a custom tune...nothing. As for the suspension on his truck, I do all the valving and it is pretty far off the "normal" tuning path, but it works pretty well. The front kit is a stock-pivot-point Total Chaos kit, so we are working with a few limitations as far as travel as this is kit that can be just bolted-on, but again, it works well and has proven super-reliable. The truck is NOT light and I believe over 4500# with driver and co-driver and spare/tools/etc. The only change made to run Perris was a swap to 33" rear tires....exact set-up as it runs in the desert. He did a great job building this truck and it has taken a beating and is still solid as a rock. The truck is actually still registered, licensed, and has insurance...the door windows still roll-up and Dan locks it on race nights....you could get through the windshield opening...but that'd be hard to do. Just throw a windshield, turn signals, and a cat and you could drive it on the street. All of this just compliments Dan's ability to drive, and he does drive the crap out of the car. No denying the fact that he hits his lines every lap and doesn't make mistakes, not to mention that he trusts his equipment and will push it to the limit. His prep is also very, very good...in the last few years I cant think of any mistake from bad prep or lack of maintenance. I have been working with Dan for a long time now and I'm proud to be involved with his race efforts. Maybe one day we can work on a short-course specific suspension set-up and then get some motor-work done too.
Stuffing an economical motor package into a Pro-lite will get you NEG rep points around here boys. The popular kids and their fan boys lay down the wrath, check my profile for a laugh. Fair warning...