SCCA approves B-spec cars for SSC for 2011
Sports Car Club of America's Club Racing Board has approved the "B-spec" cars identified by several automotive manufacturers for inclusion into Showroom Stock C beginning immediately.
Five models in all will be added to SSC, including the Ford Fiesta 4-door (2010-2011), Honda Fit 4-door (2009-2011), MAZDA2 4-door (2011), Nissan Versa 4- or 5-door (2010-2011) and Toyota Yaris 2-door (2010-2011).
Spec line additions to the class rules are available in the May Fastrack News, posted at SCCA.com. Cars may run shocks and springs from any manufacturer, although future automotive manufacturer contingency programs may require use of that manufacturer's parts for full contingency compliance.
"There has been a considerable amount of interest in the B-Spec program, and there was no reason to delay the introduction of these cars to the National program in SSC," SCCA Club Racing Board member Tom Start said. "These cars will be eligible for full competition, including the 2011 National Championship Runoffs; for qualified competitors."
Several cars are under consideration for future inclusion to the B-spec/SSC program, but will require some assistance to the CRB from the manufacturers, including the Chevrolet Sonic (2012), Fiat 500, Hyundai Accent, KIA Rio and Volkswagen Polo (if imported in 2012).
Spearheaded by Honda Performance Development (HPD) and MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development to promote a more affordable solution for late-model production car road racing, the B-Spec concept was introduced at the Performance Racing Industry Show in December 2010.