SCORE Journal Issue 2-2015

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increased participation at the team level, one that vehicle builders have a first-hand knowledge of. "Over the past four years, Class 10 has been the fastest growing class in the industry with no signs of slowing down," says Mike Julson, president of Jimco Racing, Inc., winner of the 2014 SCORE-Manufacturer of the Year Award. "The rule change to allow an affordable spec engine has been the catalyst for current teams to switch to Class 10 and for new teams to want to race in this ultra-competitive class." One of the reasons for its attractiveness is that the class allows for a clear race strategy. With all things being equal, the vehicle's suspension can manage the course while the driver can maintain the speed across it. How this works comes from front and rear wheel travel of 18 to 20 inches. It's designed to soak up and skip over the terrain and sudden "whoops" found on the race course. In Julson's view the greater wheel travel designed into heavier race vehicles utilizing 26-inches or more at the front wheels, and more than 30-inches of travel at the rear, are not needed in current Class 10 engineering. "Being that these cars are up to 1500 pounds lighter than the big brother Class 1 vehicles, they don't need as much wheel travel to effectively work through the same terrain." This design approach is based upon the fact that a Class 10 car weighs less and can still carry speed across the race course. This demonstrates how unique a purpose built Class 10 vehicle is from other classes of desert race cars. Race shocks, front and rear, use the latest full-bypass shock technology with up to HERE'S A SINGLE-SEAT CLASS-10 CHASSIS USING ALUMINUM BODY PANELS. 083 SCORE JOURNAL

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