Power to weight ratio and sheer size are the strikes against the 911. There
is no way to get a 911 anywhere near the power to weight ratio of a Lotus.
Also you can't get enough tire on the ground with a narrow body 911 so have
to put flares on them which obviously makes them wider. The Lotii can go
flat out in a straight line where we have to turn.
Just voicing my opinion. Hopefully it won't matter to me anymore in about a
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Behalf Of Jay Mitchell
Sent: Saturday, April 03, 1999 9:03 AM
To: Jodi Fordahl
Cc: Joshua Hadler; Wes Shew; Team dot net
Subject: Re: 911's & SP Proposal
Jodi Fordahl wrote:
> driven the car the last couple of weekends and lots of other ASP 911's I
> would say that Curt's car has the best shot at doing well at Nationals
> any other I've driven, but I don't believe it can win.
It puzzles me when he comes within .8 seconds of Shauna's combined two
day times at Nationals and yet I hear someone say they believe the car
"can't win." Is it really the case that neither car nor driver could
possibly have had the potential for that extra .4 sec per day that would
have been needed? Are we to believe that the car is perfectly prepped
and the driver drove it perfectly? I accept that this is possible, and
that Curt is one of the drivers who might pull this off, but is it
It IS clearly the case that Dwight Mitchell's 911 could win ASP; it did
so in 1990 and 1994. And no, I don't know the course conditions or car
prep levels or the mental state of his competitors those years, although
I'm sure Scotty can provide all that information to prove that Dwight
really shouldn't have won and the Lotus drivers are all subpar and none
of the Lotuses was as fast as it could have been, etc.
I'm not interested in anything but common sense here. It appears that
there is a tremendous amount of superstitious fear of Lotuses that is
entirely unjustified. As high performance cars go, they're cheap, and
there are still plenty of Elans and Europas around in case anyone is
feeling rained on because "they can't find one." Parts are available and
generally cheaper than German car parts, and the cars are, for the most
part, easy to work on. Why is there such hysteria about these cars?
Jay "it's just a car" Mitchell