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According to the rules, all engine blocks and cylinder heads must be commercially available from the manufacturer with a minimum run of 5,000 units. According to Kelley, the car is consistent in large part to the adjustable wheelie bar setup that acts as a lever, transferring weight to the front end in order to allow the front tires to gain traction.
SCOTT KELLEY THINKS INSIDE THE BOX WITH HIS UNIQUE SCION by Kevin McKenna interested in racing under the Scion off the shelf; it all had to be hand umbrella. Scion makes the tC made. We had to take the stock model, which is the two-door coupe, parts, make a mold, and then make but there are already a handful of the carbon-fiber pieces from that.” them out here racing. What they The Scion xB, with its square really wanted was the xB, which is dimensions, is also what one might one of their most popular and best- describe as “aerodynamically selling models. It looked like a very challenged” with more frontal area interesting project, so it didn’t take than some of the most popular long for us to agree to it.” 1960s muscle cars, such as the Fortunately for the Kelleys, the Dodge Darts and Chevy Novas. Scion xB is like the Corolla, a front- Operating within the strict rules wheel-drive car, and it features the that govern Super Stock racing, same width and wheelbase as a Kelley believes the Scion is about Corolla, so they already had a eight-hundredths and 1 to 2 mph competitive chassis as a starting slower than the Corolla it replaced. point. The hard part was “Had it been in the rulebook, we constructing a body that would would have chopped the top by 4 conform to the Super Stock rules, inches like the other [SS/MX] ‘A ren’t the slicks on the technology to the dragstrip. Their especially because no one had ever classes, but that wasn’t available to wrong end?” latest effort, a factory-backed Scion built one before. us,” Kelley said. “I’m not sure why, “That thing looks like xB, represents their most ambitious “The chassis we have is a true but the upside is that this car looks the box that a Cobalt comes in.” project to date. front-wheel-drive race car from
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