nateh wrote:It does not have the highest power to weight ratio in that class.
Thats not the point. It's a kit car built for the sole purpose of running on the track. It doesn't come with a VIN and it doesn't pass any federal safety or emissions standards.
From the AA web site;
" The Ariel Atom 3 is a unique and limited hand-built, high performance motor vehicle. All new Ariel Atom 3s sold within the North American market are partially or fully assembled in the USA by TMI AutoTech, Inc. (‘TMI’). Ariel Atom 3s are built and sold by TMI AutoTech, Inc. for the purposes of off-road/competition use (i.e., organized or private track day; slalom; Solo 1 events, etc.). Ariel Atom 3s are not considered to be federalized, production vehicles and do not necessarily meet applicable FMVSS criteria. Therefore, Ariel Atom 3s are not available with 17-digit VIN or PIN numbers....."
The first line of the COM rules for SS is; The Showroom Stock (SS) category is intended to provide competition for mass produced stock automobiles.
I would hardly call the AA mass produced.
I guess with this ruling you have to let all the kit cars in SS.
Big can of worms IMO.