The view of the Commission is to ensure that the class is given the opportunity to develop based on engines that are readily available, while managing the power output at a level that will see the class develop its own place between the existing classes whilst providing for a range of engines options that are all readily available and will remain available into the future.
The Commission made the decision to cap the engine capacity for naturally aspirated engines to a maximum of 2500cc and allow for 4 cylinder forced induction engines to a maximum capacity (swept volume) of 1600cc to accommodate engines which are available in currently sold mass production vehicles.
The method for restriction was discussed and would be reviewed further to determine factors to control inlet air volume and permitted boost levels to ensure that the intent of the class was maintained. In doing so it is noted that engine restriction is not new to Motor Sport with many disciplines and categories applying restriction to successfully manage engine output.
The Sportslite class will offer competitors a cost effective structure with a focus on the talent of the crew and vehicle preparation to determine results, without a direct focus on engine horsepower.
Whilst Sportslite is seen to offer a class with similarities to those overseas it is considered to the benefit of the sport to allow the additional engine option reflecting what is available in the Australian market place.
Single or two seater 2WD automobile, either buggy or truck, as defined in GR1
Engine - Production road going vehicle based engine:
- 2500cc naturally aspirated engines; or
- 4 cylinder 1.6L forced induction engines.