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found the transaxle rule a limitation. To some extent, it still is. But this is the area in which much of the technology has come to allow these vehicles to use higher horsepower engines and thus, cross the desert much faster than they ever have in the past. CLASS 1 REQUIRES EXPERIENCED DRIVERS Any team competing in Class 1 will tell you that to be competitive, this class requires a significant investment in financial resources as well as the physical time needed to gain the proper experience. On the investment side, it takes $125Kto $250K to build a Class 1 car competitive enough to campaign for several years. A new turn-key Class 1 vehicle right off the trailer can carry speeds upward of 120 to 130 miles per hour across dry lake beds and long hard-pack course sectionsThese are serious machines that are lightweight (2,500 to 3,500 or more dry- weight pounds), and come in a single-seat or two-seat design. While the vehicle is light compared to Unlimited Trophy Trucks, it still has enough weight to provide a relatively smooth ride across the race course rife with big whoops, ugly changes in direction, and enormous chunks of earth missing from the road. In addition, Class 1 vehicles can also come with enough horsepower to churn through knee-deep silt beds and up wicked hill climbs, with the throttle response and handling characteristics to snap around tight course sections and pass- up competitors in your way. With all that power and agility, however, there is the prevailing sense among drivers and car builders that entering into CLASS 1 CARS AND DRIVERS ARE VERY POPULAR IN SCORE. DURING CONTINGENCY, THESE FANS CLAMORED TOGETHER TO GET DECALS FROM SCOTT RUESCHENBEN'S TEAM FROM MESA, ARIZONA MATT KARTOZIAN 071 SCORE JOURNAL

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