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Last Post 23 Dec 2014 08:44 AM by  djm1968
Street class: remove plastic cowling
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djm1968
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09 Oct 2014 07:15 PM

    Is it permissible to remove the plastic cosmetic covering common on some vehicles?  Specifically the plastic covers found in the 'front' on a Porsche Cayman: this covering is purely 'cosmetic', covering the battery, master cylinder.  The plastic is quite light and removing it certainly does not 'materially' reduce the weight of the vehicle.  Seems this might be covered under comfort and convenience allowance?

     

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    race2win
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    09 Oct 2014 08:10 PM

    By the letter of the law, no not legal...while trivial, one could definitely argue removing them does indeed "materially" reduce the weight. The C&C rule talks about replacing/modifying/adding, but mentions nothing about removal. The only items that can be legally removed are items that cannot be securely fastened, and jack/tool/spare tire stuff.

    However, outside of a National event I don't think anybody would mind...I know I wouldn't.

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    09 Oct 2014 08:35 PM
    Thanks for the insight R2W. I did look at the C&C rule and it is a little vague, but I think you are correct -- it is technically no legal. I am mostly doing local competition that is quite casual, so I doubt if anyone would really care.

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    09 Oct 2014 09:37 PM
    By the same token, if it's so casual, why bother removing them in the first place? Good sportsmanship would be to follow the letter of the rules and leave them in.
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    10 Oct 2014 12:02 PM
    To pass Tech I have to remove both the plastic engine and battery covers on my RX8 to prove the battery is secure. (I have never removed my spare tire or jack for any reason.) Then I put them back as I don't want someone running them over. If you were to roll your car that plastic would keep the positive terminal from touching the bonnet and possibly avoiding a fire (or put a plastic cover on the anode)? We have yearly Tech here so one could leave them at home and sometimes I do if I've been working on the car just to save wear and tear on the clips holding them on and make it easier to check the oil.
    If it's a nightmare to get them on and off I see your point. Mine are pretty easy to do but expensive to replace when they break or just wear out from overuse.
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    23 Dec 2014 08:44 AM

    Posted By sjfehr on 09 Oct 2014 09:37 PM



    By the same token, if it's so casual, why bother removing them in the first place? Good sportsmanship would be to follow the letter of the rules and leave them in.




     


    They are  a pain to remove and put back on -- for each track day I attend, I have to get the car tech'ed, meaning the cowling needs to be removed; putting them back on correctly is a genuine pain and the plastic is not exactly sturdy.  The master cylinder is also under this plastic cowling.


     


    DJM





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