So, what do you think the next major advancement in technology will be to come to the lowly 1/2-1600 car?
Coil Overs front and rear.
There was a period of about 6 months this year where you could not get front or rear torsions from anyone, we needed both, no one had them.
I disagree with the 12 car comparison. Width of arms front and rear would keep travel the same as todays cars, but for the cost of a new set of torsions you could convert to coil overs, and then you would be set.
I would stay with VW transaxle.
So exactly what was the "idea" for the class? There are 4 "limited VW" classes (9, 11, 1-2/1600, 5/1600) and they have all evolved considerably over the last 30 years because they had to. Using your logic, stock VW link pin front ends, arms and rear trailing arms would need to be used. Type 1 trannys and type 2 cv's would still be used and racers would be lucky to finish a race-ever.
Some of those racers that left the 1600 class were trying to race 20 year old cars and didn't agree with the changes. At the same time, quite a few others built brand new high dollar 1600's and the classes are now faster than ever. My intent is to slow the cars down a little and reign in the cost of the new cars and this should make it an easier class to get into and cheaper to maintain which in turn will make the class grow.