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NumberSubmittedSubmitterSubjectQuestionResponsePublished
09-00166/10/2009Vic Pizzino Seat I received an email saying my question about the date of my momo seat was answered, but I do not see it in clarifications or that it is still pending. Do I need to resubmit my question again> 

The email you were sent specifically stated the response was posted as a FAQ, as such it is not listed under Clarifications and is no longer pending; it is a FAQ (http://www.bmwccaclubracing.com/Racers/Racer_RuleClarification_FAQ.aspx).

 
6/14/2009
09-00154/30/2009Gary Nakasato Fuel Expansion tank Car with fuel cells don't have an expansion tank. In prepared class, is it legal to remove the fuel expansion tank and associated tubing when not in use anymore? Please refer to 09-0014 Rule Clarification.9/15/2009
09-00135/17/2009David Ellison Race class I have just registered as a Rookie driver. My car is an E30 M3. I have had to put a different gearbox in the car (Make = Drenth). Is my race class 'Modified' or 'Super Modified', and what is the code for this on the website (M?/ ?SM)? Thanks for your help. David  

7.L.1 is clear, non-OE transmissions are permitted only in Super Modified.

2.I.1 specifies that the identification for a car in Super Modified will be the letters SM.

 
6/1/2009
09-00103/9/2009Michael Goulde Annual inspection for non-BMW CCA classed cars NASA and SCCA annual inspections are generally done at the track. Event schedules mean that there may not be an opportunity to get a NASA or SCCA annual inspection as required in 09-0001 before the first BMW CCA event in which a racer chooses to participate. This also means that there will not have been participation in a NASA or SCCA event in the current calendar year. Can an annual inspection from a BMW CCA Club Racing authorized shop be substituted for purposes of BMW CCA event participation? Michael Goulde License 1019 Expiration 2/28/10 Email: mgoulde@gmail.com Mobile: 339 222-1458 

BMW CCA Club Racing and its designated shops are only authorized to conduct BMW CCA Club Racing inspections. Authorization to perform inspections for other sanctioning bodies must be issued by the respective organization. BMW CCA Club Racing inspections are applicable only to cars constructed to BMW CCA Club Racing rules and participating in BMW CCA Club Racing classes.

 
6/1/2009
09-00093/9/2009Vic Pizzino Seat I currently am running in IP, I have a Momo Corsa seat with the head wings and a seat back brace attached to my cage. The date on the sticker is 1992. It was brought up at my last annual (this last weekend) that I need to replace my seat, but there was conversation between the tech stewarts about the rule and they were not completly sure I need to change the seat.I think the 1992 standard was in question. If it was a 1999 standard then it might be OK. Is my seat being a 1992 standard still OK to use? Regards, Vic Pizzino 562.619.1100 3.J is clear.  Seats that do not comply with FIA Standard 8855-1999, including those that are no longer certified (over 5 years old), must have a seat back brace.  This does not mandate the use of a FIA Standard 8855-1999 compliant seat.
 
6/1/2009
09-00082/17/2009David White Instrument panel replacement in prepared. Can the stock gauge panel be replaced with a data acquisition gauge panel in Prepared? Stock rule E - 18 states "Gauges are free (see paragraph 10. Data Acquisition)." Stock rule O - 1 states "Data acquisition devices, including gauges, are free in Stock Classes, as long as the driver is not able to adjust any setting on the vehicle at any time while the car is in motion. These devices are to be used for information gathering ONLY." Further, the Data acquisition rules in Spec E36 were taken from the stock rules but wording was added specifically requiring the retention of the stock gauge panel. They also state that additional gauges may be located in front of the stock gauge panel. Spec E36 R. Data Acquisition 1. Data acquisition devices, including gauges, are free as long as the driver is not able to adjust any setting on the vehicle at any time while the car is in motion. These devices are to be used for information gathering only. The stock gauge panel must remain in place. The stock speedometer and tachometer must remain functional. The stock water temp gauge may be disabled. 2. Additional gauges may be located anywhere within the cockpit, including in front of the stock gauges (which must remain functional as specified). 

Yes.

While this may appear to be in conflict with the response to 09-0002 it is a different question. The provisions for Data Acquisition was introduced in the 2001 rules. 09-0002 asks if the instrument cluster (panel) may be removed, it may not, however the gauges in and on that panel may be removed, replaced or augmented subject to the adjustability provisions.

 
6/1/2009
09-00072/18/2009John Danskin spece36 control arms Are Meyle control arms legal in spece36? They are thought to be a sturdier replacement, no perf increase. thanks John 

Your attention is directed to the 2009 Rules, which contains the specific
answer to your question:
8.  SpecE36 Class
K. Suspension
8. Rear lower control arms may not be replaced with aftermarket parts but
may be reinforced.
9. Front control arms must be unmodified stock parts.
a. E36 M3 front lower control arms are permitted.

 
6/1/2009
09-00052/2/2009Lynn Cochran Sunroof delete E36 M3 prepared class. I plan to remove the sunroof and cassette, attach 8 steel tabs by screws into the original sunroof holes and secure the skinned sunroof panel to the tabs by spacers. The spacers will be attached to the tabs by screws and the sunroof panel attached to the spacers with JB Weld. I will attach two 1" aluminum straps across the the inside of the panel per cr rules. Is there anything in this plan that would appear to be at odds with the safety rules (specifically does JB Weld = "bonding") 

The dictionary definition of Bond is "as a fastening or adhesion, as by glue, solder, etc." and Bonded "as two or more layers of the same or different materials held together by an adhesive, cementing material, or fusible ingredient that combines, unites, or strengthens"

BMW CCA Club Racing does not comment on nor endorse specific commercial products. 

2/16/2009
09-00041/22/2009Rolando Saldana Stock Class Brakes Hi Bruce - Have a question about interpretation of the following for Stock Class brakes: Page 34, paragraph I.2 "Brake calipers, caliper mountings and bushings and rotors must be of the same type and size as original for the model and year of the car." Is that intending to mean they must be OEM calipers or if not OEM calipers, in what ways do they need to be the same type and size as the original?  

They must be the same in all ways. The calipers do not need to be OEM but if not, they must be identical, same number of pistons, same size pistons, same fluid displacement, same materials, same weight, etc. 

2/16/2009
09-00031/21/2009David Bradyhouse Non-BMW CCA Classifications I have two questions regarding the non-BMW CCA Classifications. 1) Do participants for non-BMW CCA classed still need to be licensed as a BMW CCA CR racer? or is their NASA (for example) license accepted? 2) Are the sponsor sticker requirements effective for non-BMW CCA classes? Many thanks, David Bradyhouse dbradyhous@aol.com  

Refer to 09-0001

1/21/2009
09-000212/31/2008Craig Lippe Stock Instrument Cluster Removal  Is the stock instrument cluster allowed to be removed in Prepared? The rules state that anything attached to the stock dash may be removed. Am I correct in the assumption that this statement includes the stock instrument cluster? Craig Lippe CR License 1225 

The example provided clearly conveys the intent of removal being limited to ancillary items not the instrument cluster.

 
2/16/2009
09-00011/3/2009Mike Mills Non-BMW CCA Club Racing Classification What do I need to do to run my non-BMW CCA CR prepared car in BMW CCA Club Racing? 
  1. You need to be a member of the BMW Car Club of America.
  2. You need to have a BMW CCA Club Racing license. a. Licensing information and application are available on the BMW CCA Club Racing web site (General Information, For the Racer and New Racers)
  3. Your personal safety equipment must comply with BMW CCA Club Racing requirements defined in the BMW CCA Club Racing Rules.
    1. Most notably this includes the requirement for an approved SFI 38.1 device.
  4. Your car must be a BMW chassis/engine combination that is prepared to the rules of a non-vintage regional or national sanctioning body.
    1. A logbook issued by that sanctioning body with a current annual inspection must be presented.
      1. Alternatively, for sanctioning bodies that do not issue logbooks and annuals, proof of recent participation must be presented.
  5. Examples of regional or national sanctioning bodies are:
    1. Sports Car Club of America
      1. Club Racing
      2. Pro Racing
    2. National Auto Sport Association
    3. International Conference of Sports Car Clubs
    4. Midwest Council of Sports Car Clubs
    5. Eastern Motor Racing Association
    6. Porsche BMW Owners Club
    7. Grand American Road Racing Association
    8. International Motor Sport Association
  6. No modifications to your car are required if it meets the requirements of 4 above.
    1. BMW CCA Club Racing does encourage the use of an inside net, but if you car meets the preparation requirements of your declared class, including safety equipment, that is all that is required. 
  7. Your will need to have a copy of the rules for the class in which the car is prepared available.
  8. You will need to add the BMW CCA Club Racing decals and that of our sponsors to the exterior of the car as is required of all our participants.
    1. Currently sponsor decals include 5 sets of two decals (left and right side) and a windshield banner.
  9. You will be eligible for the regional championship in your non-BMW CCA Club Racing class within BMW CCA Club Racing.
    1. National Championships are limited to BMW CCA Club Racing classes.
  10. Summary:
    1. Get a BMW CCA membership, if you do not have one.
    2. Get a BMW CCA Club Racing license, if you do not have one.
    3. Update your personal safety equipment, if necessary.
    4. Make sure your car has a logbook and annual from your sanctioning body.
    5. Add BMW CCA Club Racing sponsor decals to your car.
    6. Register for an upcoming event, you will be in your class in an all BMW field.
1/4/2009
08-010012/23/2008Jesse Clark Prepared Suspension - Resubmitted question w/ specifics Original question: 5. Suspension bushing material is free. a. Bushing material does not include replacement of bushings with spherical bearings or rod ends such as Heim ends except as noted in F below. b. Solid bushings are allowed if fixed in place and allow rotation in a single plane or axis. 6. Spherical bearings are permitted in the following components. a. Front upper strut mounts. b. Upper and lower rear shock mounts. c. Rear lower control arms. d. Camber plates. ------ BMW uses spherical bearings in several suspension points as stock. Can these be replaced with a non-rubber boot version in these locations? ------SPECIFICS as requested: On an E36/E46, these points are front control arm, tie rods, and rear control arm outer joints. Additionally, swaybar links may be the best example where replacement links with an aftermarket-type bearing are on almost all cars in the field, replacing the factory ball-joint-type links. 

The rules are very specific on where spherical bearings may be used. If the rules do not specify the components, General Rules 5 and 20 apply.

Sway bar connector links are specifically addressed separately (G.) with the connector links being "free" which allows any type to be used.

 
12/29/2008
08-009912/22/2008Jesse Clark Prepared Suspension Question: 5. Suspension bushing material is free. a. Bushing material does not include replacement of bushings with spherical bearings or rod ends such as Heim ends except as noted in F below. b. Solid bushings are allowed if fixed in place and allow rotation in a single plane or axis. 6. Spherical bearings are permitted in the following components. a. Front upper strut mounts. b. Upper and lower rear shock mounts. c. Rear lower control arms. d. Camber plates. BMW uses spherical bearings in several suspension points as stock. Can these be replaced with a non-rubber boot version in these locations? 

The rules are very specific on where spherical bearings may be used. If you would specifically identify the components to which you are referring it would aid the rules committee in providing a clear response. If the rules do not include the components, General Rules 5 and 20 apply. You might consider contacting your Racers Advisory Committee representative or one of your regional Technical Stewards directly, they might be able to assist.

 
12/23/2008
08-009812/13/2008Darryl Kwan 6 or 8 piston brakes in prepared Since new cars are getting faster and heavier is it possible to let prepared car have 6 or 8 piston brakes? Thinking of building a e60 race car. As of right now to my knowleged their is not a company that builds a 4 piston brake kit for my car. But of course someone will prove me wrong. I know brakes are to balance the car and not to stop it. Some time you have alot of horses and a heavy cargo, brakes do come in handy. thank you 

This is a rules change request. The period to submit change requests is June 1 to July 1 of each year. Announcements of the change request period are sent via email to all actively licensed racers. 

 
12/15/2008
08-009712/7/2008Allan Lewis Fire Safety systems In the section regarding Fire Safety, it says "All AFFF fire system bottles shall incorporate a functional pressure gauge and shall be marked with the manufacturer’s recommended “filled weight.”". Some AFFF systems (in particular OMP) do not include the weight but volume on the label. Is the rule intended to exclude these systems, even though they are FIA approved, or should the rule have actually said the label must include filled weight OR volume? 

Weight is required to be used as a non-intrusive secondary check of the bottle and its contents.

 
12/12/2008
08-009612/5/2008Rob Jackowitz Removal of interior door panels in Prepared class In Prepared class, may the driver's side interior door panel be removed in order to accommodate "Nascar-style" Door Bars (Ladder Bars) that intrude into the door cavity and connect the main hoop to the front hoop? Refer to the Rules: Safety, 3. Roll Cages.12/8/2008
08-009511/20/2008Dick Hunter Pistons In prepared classes, are forged pistons allowed providing that all other criteria specified in the rules are met, including weight? 

The rules read, Prepared, 1. Engine, E. states: "All pistons, including aftermarket replacements, must be factory replacement equivalent and match factory dome, dish, valve relief depth, ring groove placement, weight and wrist pin height, etc.; compression must meet factory specifications."

The word "equivalent" as defined in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:
1: equal in force, amount, or value ; also : equal in area or volume but not superposable
2: a: like in signification or import
    b: having logical equivalence
3: corresponding or virtually identical especially in effect or function

By definition the method of manufacture does not impact equivalency required by the rule.

12/5/2008
08-009411/17/2008Karl Poeltl Engine size I have a quick question. An M52B30 engine is listed by BMW as having a displacement of 2979cc. It has an 89.6mm stroke and an 84mm bore. This actually works out to be 2979.255 cc. I have a club racer friend who tells me that this engine configuration would not be allowed in DM even though DM states maximum size as 2980cc. He says that it is "too close" and with wear would be oversize and would be protested. This seems rather ridiculous to me as you are talking about nominal size when these specs are given. It is my thought that in racing you try and maximize your advantage per the rules and that this engine should and does fit right in at the maximum allowed and would not be considered illegal. Can you please confirm or deny. The upper displacement limit for D modified is 2980cc's as specified in the rules. The M52B30 as delivered from the factory is less than 2980cc's. 11/21/2008
08-009311/17/2008Lynn Cochran H Stock I plan to "update" my 1995 BMW M3 from I stock to H stock. I read rule 5.a to allow updating if the vehicle meets all specifications to which it is converted. I read rule 1 preface to include this change to be within the "spirit of BMWCCA CR". Rule 4a states that the the car be factory equipped as delivered to the public through a authorized BMW dealership. The 1995 BMW M3 LTW was delivered to the dealership without several performance parts installed. Under the same rule BMWCCA CR allows engine swaps. Is it allowable to exchange a few "stock" BMW factory parts purchased at the dealership to "update" a 1995 M3 to the "stock" specifications that the factory intended this vehicle to be raced? Updating requires the updated vehicle to meet all the specifications of the vehicle to which it is converted. Converting a 1995 M3 to a Lightweight model would be very difficult, aluminum doors, no sunroof, etc. Items 08-0039 and 08-0087 as well as the upcoming 2009 Rules, 5.E.15 may be applicable. 11/21/2008
08-009211/7/2008Vernon Anderson Appendix F, Sections 3.F.1-2-3, multiple questions and topics regarding race length: 1) When are the individual race lengths officially determined (prior to the event during scheduling, at the driver's meeting, when grid closes, etc)? 2) Who determines the race length (Comp Steward, Race Chair, etc)? 3) When and how is this communicated to the competitors, when is this information available (at driver's meeting, when grid opens, etc)? 4) If the race is shortened (3.F.2) by the Comp Steward, when is that information available and how will it be communicated? These questions are obviously in reference to the 9/28/08 Group 1 O'Fest race, and are not in any way an attempt to belabor the steward’s decision and subsequent grievance denial, but rather so all competitors understand the race length rule(s) and to hopefully avoid frustration and misunderstanding for future events. 

Race lengths are established by the event promoter in concert with the Competition Steward. The event schedule is typically the best method for ascertaining the length, which may or may not include pace and cool off laps. Changes to the schedule and potentially race length are communicated as soon as the change has been decided through whatever methods the promoter has available. Ultimately, the provisions of Appendix E, 3.F.1 apply.

Appendix E, 3.F.2 refers to a race that is underway. Communications to drivers when a race is underway is through the flags.

Additionally the communications methodology of General Rule 19 may be in effect.

12/5/2008
08-009111/4/2008Allan Lewis Removal of internal sheet metal I would like to clarify what internal sheet metal can be removed from a car in a modified class. Paragraph 7 of section 7 (Modified and Super Modified Classes) says "Non-critical sheet metal (spare tire wells, etc) may be removed", but "Non-critical" is not defined. What is critical sheet metal? For example, with a cage in place, arguably the A and B pillars are no longer critical since the cage provides the protection and support. In modified classes we often see cases where the cars have been stripped of practically all internal sheet metal as a weight savings method. Further, paragraph 15 of Appendix A (Roll Cage Specifications) seems to conflict with paragraph 7(7): "No deformation of the interior body panels is permitted, except that the horizontal part of the sheet metal between the top of the “B” pillar and the top of the “A” pillar (next to the driver’s and/or passenger’s head), may be pushed in to accommodate the roll cage.". The example cited, spare tire well, is an example of non-critical sheet metal. Judgment must be applied when using this provision to extend to other items to evaluate if they are in the same category of non-structural component. Partial tube frame construction is allowed. Your attention is directed to General Rule 20, Statement of interpretation regarding the perceived conflict, specific versus general rule interpretation. 11/5/2008
08-009010/24/2008Matt Groner 2007 335i in Prepared? Also, include 1 series (e82) and all current 3 series cars.  On page 43 section 6 c of the 2009 BMWCCA Club Racing Rules it says spherical bearings are allowed for rear lower control arms. Suspension is quite different on the new e90/e92. Will BMW part numbers 311267777980 and 33326763471 (control arms) be allowed to be replaced with adjustable arms with spherical bearings like the prepared legal aftermarket arms available on the e36/e46? Like the stock rear lower control arms on the e36/e46 cars, these stock e90/e92 arms are made of stamped sheet metal with rubber bushings at each end. Aftermarket arms with spherical bearings are already available for this chassis because when you lower the car for racing purposes it messes with the cars geometry drastically. These arms should be changed to make the car more stable and safe in racing situations. Graphics on 1 and 3 series rear suspension can be found here (items #14 and 18): http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=UC73&mospid=50622&btnr=33_1230&hg=33&fg=30 

The rules allow for rear suspension component changes for allow camber adjustment:

PREPARED
2. Suspension
B. Rear Camber Adjustment is allowed.
1. Suspension components that control rear camber may be replaced with aftermarket components to provide this adjustment.

The rules also specify where spherical bearings are permitted: F. Spherical bearings are permitted in the following components
1. Rear lower control arms.

12/5/2008
08-00899/29/2008Eric Heinrich General Rules, 13/13 Rule B. Penalties at an event may be assessed by the event Competition Steward for any infraction of the rules, incident, or personal conduct that is not is keeping with the spirit and philosophy of BMW CCA Club Racing. The following are some actions which could warrant a penalty: Situation: Competitor A has contact with and is the responsible party for said contact during an event with Competitor B. Competitor B expects Competitor A to pay for the damage, which A does not agree to. After the event, Comp. B happens across Comp. A's race car at a service facilty/garage/lot etc. and then proceeds to kick in Comp A's fender. Is this considered unsportsmanlike conduct and grounds for suspension under the 13/13 rule? Theoretically assuming competitor A is the same person as in the immediatley preceding submitted clarifiation request, and for argument's sake, that a 13/13 was assigned as part - and for argument;s sake, assuming a 13/13 is assigned for this scenario - would the 13/13 penalty/probation run concurrently or back-to-back, i.e. 26 month suspension? 

This is not a rules clarification but a hypothetical situation. The rules are clear that the determination of penalties rests with the competition steward at the event and is based upon multiple factors that require assessment by the competition steward prior to assessing penalties.  They are equally clear that the authorities extend only to actions and activities at the event.

 
10/2/2008
08-00889/29/2008Eric Heinrich General Rules: 13/13 Rule BMW CCA Club Racing Rules V13.3.2 – 3/24/2008 Page 7 of 139  Rule states: 1. Single car incidents or secondary responsibility in multi-car incidents shall have a probation period of 3, 6, 9, or 13 months, at the discretion of the Competition Steward based upon the circumstances of the incident. 2. Primary responsibility in a multi-car incident shall result in a 13 month probation. 3. If a driver in any way responsible is already on probation, his competition privileges shall be suspended for 13 months. ------------ The question is: If a driver is on probation and a single car incident occurs in the wet where the driver loses control of the car and hits the Armco, then blames the loss of control on a shock failure, when in reality the shock was disconnected after the incident and before inspection by the officials(this is, of course, theoretically speaking) Would that be 1) grounds for suspension under the rules due to the contact damage and 2) would that be considered unsportsmanlike conduct? 

This is not a rules clarification but a hypothetical situation. The rules are clear that the determination of penalties rests with the competition steward at the event and is based upon multiple factors that require assessment by the competition steward prior to assessing penalties. 

10/2/2008
08-00878/25/2008Tom Melton Clarification FAQ Real Clarifications exist for the current rule year and if not incorporated into the next years rule book, they expire. How about the items that have moved into the clarifications FAQ? Are they too no longer valid once the next rulebook comes out? For example, there is a FAQ that says the E36 dual pickup oil pan is legal in prepared. The reason the question came about was the fact the pan and pickup were free, but this pan requires a different pump and that is not listed as free. So - does that FAQ clarification expire?  

Rules Clarifications expire at the end of the current year. The process allows for questions to be posed with the results either being simply a response (FAQ) to a question or a Rules Clarification where the Rules Committee determined that there was some part of the rule that required rewording to provide clarity and remove ambiguity.

The specific item you are citing (08-0039) was incorrectly responded to, indeed it should have been a Rules Clarification rather than simply a response. It will be incorporated into the next version of the 2009 rules.

 
9/2/2008
08-00868/15/2008Eric Heinrich Stock Classes - gaskets and filters   Page 27, 2008 rules Just before Section 1. Engine "Consumable items normally subject to wear and tear under street driving conditions such as belts, wiper blades and filters may be replaced with OEM equivalent replacement parts (which do not offer any performance advantage) available from commercial retail sources ." Does this allow for non-factory replacment gaskets (including head gaskets) that may be the same or thinner/thicker/stronger or of different material? Would a Canton-Mecca type oil filter be considered as offering a performance advantage and not be allowed? Gaskets including head gaskets are not consumables in this context (belts, wiper blades, filters). OEM equivalent filters may be used. If there is a thought that a replacement filter might not be acceptable, it should not be used. 8/26/2008
08-00857/26/2008Allan Lewis Local Yellow I recently heard it said that if a local yellow flag is withdrawn while the object which triggered the yellow flag is still present (for example, a car in the grass), then the yellow condition is still considered to be present and passing is NOT allowed in that zone even though yellow flags are no longer displayed. This doesn't seem right, and certainly doesn't match behaviour I've seen in races, but I thought I would ask for a clarification just to be sure. 

Course conditions are indicated by the flags. There is nothing in the rules that provides any other guidance.

It is not uncommon for a local yellow to be displayed and dropped after a period of time if an object is deemed to be in a 'safe' location and all drivers have seen the object; at that point it becomes 'part of the course'.

8/3/2008
08-00847/24/2008Christopher Warp Prepared Interior - P. 41 7.E.1 - Door Panels Rollcage - P. 65 Appen. A 9.B - Door Brace Given an "X" Door Bar with the addition of Impact Foam, can the .060" Aluminum Door Skin and Stock Side-Impact Beam be eliminated?  Please refer to FAQ 08-0004. 8/3/2008
08-00837/23/2008Peter Carroll Determining "Maximum Body Width" Assuming a car does not have wider than stock flares, can the maximum body width be taken from the figures officially published by BMW in the owners manual? This figure is the maximum beam of the car not including mirrors.  From Appendix I Glossary: Maximum Body Width - The widest point of the beam of the racecar at the front or rear structural quarter panels or doors, including allowed flares. Mirrors or other similar items are not considered part of the body for width determination 8/3/2008
08-00816/14/2008Jim Remy 2008 Tech I have not raced in two years. I still have a valid license for racing and I am a member. I will need to have my car go through tech before racing. Would I be able to get this done at the track at New Hampshire when I get to the race. I really have no time to travel to a shop as there is not one within two hours of my house. Jim Remy 

Questions regarding the Annual Inspection program should be submitted directly to the National Technical Steward. Any special arrangements should be coordinated with the Technical Steward for the event.

The stewards names can be found in the scheduling information of the CR web site. The Staff & Contacts selection on the CR web site has contact information for the entire CR staff, use the drop down selector in the upper left to select regions.

6/24/2008
08-00806/13/2008Michael Gilbert Is it legal to use a donor chassis from an E36 M3, E36 323 or an E36 318 to create a Spec E36 race car? The current Spec E36 rules say: O. Engine swaps are permitted. An engine from another eligible model may be installed. The SpecE36 vehicle must comply with all the specific rules based the new engine. I thought the idea behind the mid-season rules change allowing chassis/engine swaps last year was that we didn't want anybody who had an E36 chassis to be prevented from building a Spec E36 car and racing with us. I actually see no reason why someone with a 318, 323 or M3 couldn't build it and stick in a 325 or 328 engine - frankly I think that was the intent of the rule but the rule wasn't worded that way for some reason. I do think it should be a clarification or an immediate rules change if for some reason the reading of the rule as it stands says that you can't. I suggest that as part of the 2008 rules change process, we also need to clarify what specifically is required to do a legal engine swap, either between 325 and 328 models or by putting a 325 or 328 engine into an M3, 323 or 318 chassis. I am happy to contribute to this effort. Yes. The provision allows eligible engines into a chassis that then must comply with SpecE36 rules. 6/24/2008
08-00796/10/2008Michael Gilbert Oil coolers in Spec E36 class - kits use the Euro M3 oil filter housing When installing an oil cooler in Spec E36 class, the rules say: Engine oil coolers are free. Coolers must meet the following specific installation requirements: 1. All coolers mounted below the factory water radiator must be protected from debris intrusion with steel screening. 2. All non-factory coolers shall be isolation mounted to eliminate stress cracking. 3. Additional plumbing is allowed for engine oil coolers, but the oil filter must remain in the stock location. All of the kits for sale replace the existing stock oil filter housing with the housing from the Euro E36 M3, which is a direct bolt-on housing for all M50 and M52 motors that are legal in Spec E36. The oil cooler kits are all direct bolt on and require no modification to the engine, and mount in the stock location, but they don't use the stock housing. Is the use of the Euro M3 oil filter housing legal in Spec E36? Yes, under the provision for 'additional plumbing'. 6/24/2008
08-00775/29/2008Mark Magee Prepared Trailing Arm Toe Bushings In the rules for Prepared, in section 2. F. 3., the rules state that spherical bearings are permitted for "Rear lower controls arms." Can this be interpreted to allow spherical bearings to replace the trailing arm toe bushings on the E36/E46? 

Yes, 2. E. 1 allows spherical bearings to replace bushings in the components specified in 2. F.

General rule 20 also applies.

6/24/2008
08-00725/14/2008 Fuel Would it be legal to widen/gut the fuel filler neck(via removing/widening the 'flapper')in Prepared to allow for quicker fueling? Cars with fuel cells are obviously not restricted in this way. Decreasing the amount of time spent fueling in an enduro would also be safer I'd think. 

No. The rules do not specially allow such modification, general rule 5.

5/29/2008
08-00715/8/2008 Brakes According to Prepared rule 4.D, Master cylinders may be modified. Can the Brake Booster be modified or changed along with the Master Cylinder? 

No. The rules do not specially allow such modification, general rule 5.

5/29/2008
08-00705/6/2008 Window Net I am puzzled as to why we must replace window nets every 2 years. This item is not subject to wear and tear, and my old window net which I purchased 3 years ago looks as good as, and works every bit as well as my brand new one. When I discuss this at a racing event, every racer is just as puzzled by this rule as am I. I would appreciate if you would provide the logic behind this rule so I can understand it and so that I can help explain it to others. 

Whenever possible BMW CCA Club Racing follows industry standards (SFI, FIA).

The SFI standard for belts and nets that carry SFI approval is a two year life.

5/29/2008
08-00685/3/2008 Engine Swap "The SUPER MODIFIED class is intended for racecars where the modifications exceed those allowed in the Modified classes" MOD allows for this> "1. Engine A.Must retain a BMW OE engine block and head..." Since Super Mod specfically allows for preparation levels that exceed those listed in Mod, does that mean engine swaps outside of BMW are allowed, i.e. a LS1 into an E36, or a Mazda rotary into a 2002 etc? 

First General Rule 20 applies:

20. Statement of Interpretation

A. If differing interpretations are possible, a specific rule will prevail over a general rule. For example, a rule may state "no changes giving a competitive advantage may be made" (general rule) versus "Accusumps are permitted" (specific rule). Even though some may argue that Accusumps give a competitive advantage the specific rule will prevail over the general rule.

B. No rule is intended to exist in a vacuum; each rule should be read in the context of all rules. If there are two possible interpretations to a rule, and one interpretation conflicts with another rule, or makes another rule meaningless, that interpretation will be rejected in favor of an interpretation that is not in conflict with any other rule or makes another rule meaningless.

C. Each rule must be read in its entirety. An interpretation of a part of a rule that conflicts with another part of the rule or makes another part of the rule meaningless will be rejected in favor of an interpretation that gives meaning to and does not conflict with other parts of the rule.

Second the preamble to the Modified Classes, in its entirety, applies:

MODIFIED and SUPER MODIFIED CLASSES The MODIFIED classes are for racecars with a still higher level of modification than the Prepared Classes and require use of both a BMW engine and BMW transmission. All Prepared class improvements are also allowed in the Modified classes. Class for competition will be based on engine displacement. The SUPER MODIFIED class is intended for racecars where the modifications exceed those allowed in the Modified classes and, additionally, for those designated purpose-built, BMW-powered racecars which meet the eligibility criteria. All Modified Class improvements are also allowed in Super Modified class. Allowed modifications in addition to those allowed in Stock & Prepared Classes:

And finally the specific rules for Modified and Super Modified apply:

1. Engine

A. Must retain a BMW OE engine block and head. Schnitzer heads are allowed on M10 engines. All other changes, relocations, substitutions, alterations and modifications are free. Fuel type restrictions listed in the Stock section remain in place.

8. Transmission Assembly A. Modified cars may use any BMW OE transmission and any BMW OE ratios. Super Modified may use non-OE transmissions from any manufacturer and source.

5/29/2008
08-00674/30/2008 Stilo SP2 Helmet (2006) I have a Stilo SP2 Helmet (2006) which I would like to wear at the club race events. I t does not have the Snell certification but as the BSI certification, which as the Snell certification is recognized by the FIA. BSI certification is not currently accepted by BMW CCA Club Racing.
You may request it be considered for the 2009 rules, when the change period opens.
5/29/2008
08-00635/3/2008 Transmission The rules for Stock and Prepared classes state clearly that no modifications to the transmission case is allowed. In Mod, the rules do not say anything about modifications to the case. Would modifications for cooling purposes be allowed for cooling feed and/or return ports, temperature probe port etc?  
The following is a response to the question that is being asked, the Rules Committee has determined that no rules clarification is necessary.
 
Under Stock Preparation rules the following provisions apply:

1. Engine
  L. Engine, transmission, and differential oil coolers are free.  Coolers must meet the following specific installation requirements:
     1. All coolers mounted below the factory water radiator must be protected from debris intrusion with steel screening.
     2. All non-factory coolers shall be isolation mounted to eliminate stress cracking.
     3. Additional, non-stock parts necessary to install oil coolers are permitted. Parts to attach engine oil coolers are limited to those which essentially maintain stock oil filter configurations.

7. Transmission/Flywheel Assembly
  B. Transmission coolers are free.

Further, General Rule 20. Statement of Interpretation applies.
5/29/2008
08-00625/3/2008 Engine Is it legal to remove the charcoal canister from the tire well in Spec-E36? Mine was damaged and I would rather not buy a new one. 
The following is a response to the question that is being asked, the Rules Committee has determined that no rules clarification is necessary.
 
No. There is nothing in the SpecE36 preparation rules that allow the removal of this item.
5/3/2008
08-00615/3/2008 Body/Chassis/Interior  Prepared class rules state: 7. Body/Chassi/Interior, F (page 42) "....The sunroof panel must be of the same materials as originally manufactured except if the original panel was made of glass, then an alternate panel of metal must be installed...." What is the definition of "alternate metal panel?" Rather what are the required specs of said metal? If aluminum, how thick? If steel, how thick? Any other specs to be aware of other than those stated for installation? 
The following is a response to the question that is being asked, the Rules Committee has determined that no rules clarification is necessary.
 
A metal panel must be installed in place of the glass.  There are no restrictions or specifications on the panel other than those of common sense that apply for protection from intrusion.
5/3/2008
08-00605/3/2008 Body/Chassis/Interior Stock class rules state: 8. Body/Chassis/Interior, H. (page 34) "Aftermarket front one-piece bumper/air dam units are allowed provided the original crash bar is maintained OR the assembly is otherwise reinforced to equal strength as the original assembly." Can an aftermarket cover which differs in design from the stock E36 (M3 or non M3) bumper cover be used? IE how about one that looks more like the cover from an E46 M3? Assuming that all prepared class body work limitations are met (splitter extentions, etc) can the bumper cover be an alternate design from the factory E36 (M3 or non M3) if other stipulations are met? 
The following is a response to the question that is being asked, the Rules Committee has determined that no rules clarification is necessary.
 
Yes.  The cited rule does not place restrictions on the aftermarket cover, however, General Rules 10 and 20 apply.
5/3/2008
08-00595/3/2008 Body/Chassis/Interior  Is it legal to change my E36, 328is front bumper cover to a E46 M3 bumper cover to accomodate front splitter. 
The following is a response to the question that is being asked, the Rules Committee has determined that no rules clarification is necessary.
 
Yes.  Stock, 8. Body/Chassis/Interior, H. allows aftermarket one piece covers.
5/3/2008
08-00575/3/2008 Body/Chassis/Interior Can we run pinned on door skins? A few of us have been for years and I don't even think I should ask since it's always passed tech before, but people keep telling me to ask. Most mod cages aren't really anymore accessible with the door opened and if the crash was big enough, the corner worker probably wouldn't even get a steel door opened. A skin could be ripped off by the worker if needed. It's always been allowed in SCCA GT. Plus with the advent of IMPAXX door foam, we have to steel plate our cage which will make us have to get through our doors anyways. 
The following is a response to the question that is being asked, the Rules Committee has determined that no rules clarification is necessary.
 
Yes.  Clarification 08-0033 establishes that in Prepared no permanent attachments of the door to the chassis are required.  And Modified, 10. Body, Chassis, Interior and Windows, B. establishes that the doors may be replaced.
5/3/2008
08-00565/3/2008 Brakes D. Ducting of air to rotors is allowed. My brakes often are on the verge of fire or smoking when I come into the pits during an enduro, especially at tracks where there are a few hard braking points just before the pits - is it okay to mount a small fan that can be used to keep the brakes cool while in the pits? The idea would be to use a small 12v waterproof marine electric fan that would be inline with the brake cooling ducts/hose, allowing air to flow to the calipers while the car is stopped. This would help prevent fluid from overheating, seals from cracking, and unwary bystanders who are freaked out by wisps of smoke coming off the brakes from grabbing water and srpaying it on the rotors. (This has almost happened to me or people I know, yikes!) 
The following is a response to the question that is being asked, the Rules Committee has determined that no rules clarification is necessary.
 
No, there is no provision in the rules for the addition of cooling fans in duct work.
5/3/2008
08-00555/3/2008 Roll Cage metal-to-metal, of approved materials and of proper size as listed in Appendix A. Side impact “door bars” may be added to any cage and the drivers door panel may be modified or removed to accommodate them. Side impact bars may be bolt-in or removable configuration. THEN>>> 9. Door Bars / Side Impact Protection A. At least one (1) roll cage door bar on driver side and one (1) on the passenger side must be used. B. Stock and Prepared classes: if the roll cage is equipped with side protection door bars which extend to the outer skin of the door, the door’s stock side impact beam may be removed. If the roll cage door bars do not extend fully to the outer skin of the door, the stock side impact beam, if originally equipped, shall not be removed. Does this allow for the removal of both the passenger and driver side dorr innards, or is the intention to allow side impact door protection bars that protrude into the drivers side only? 
The following is a response to the question that is being asked, the Rules Committee has determined that no rules clarification is necessary.
 
The provisions cited specifically identifies the drivers door and panel only. However, under the provisions of Appendix A, 19 Alternate Design/Construction passenger door bars may be submitted for review.
 
5/3/2008
08-00545/3/2008 Body/Chassis/Interior H. Aftermarket front one-piece bumper/air dam units are allowed provided the original crash bar is maintained OR the assembly is otherwise reinforced to equal strength as the original assembly. Does this allow for a crash bar to be welded or bolted to the front of the frame rails, or is the intention of the rule to require reinforcement of the actual bumper cover itself? I understand it as pertaining to the cover, *not* the frame rails, which would effectively be an additional chassis stiffening device or roll cage addition. I think there is definite potential for rules exploitation if additional frame reinforcements are made under the auspices of aftermarket bumper cover reinforcement. 
The following is a response to the question that is being asked, the Rules Committee has determined that no rules clarification is necessary.
 
The assembly is the one piece bumper/air dam.
5/3/2008
08-00515/3/2008 Suspension Are Treehouse racing "eyeball" arms legal in prepared? The bushing material meets prepared requirements, but since the stock lollipop is replaced, I wanted to get clarification. 
The following is a response to the question that is being asked, the Rules Committee has determined that no rules clarification is necessary.

No.  There is no provision in the rules to replace this component.
5/3/2008
08-00505/3/2008 Safety 14. FLOOR MATS must be removed. Driver side carpet and associated underlying interior insulation materials may be removed. Does this allow for removal of all of the underlying insulation materials or just the drivers ide underlying insulation materials? 
The following is a response to the question that is being asked, the Rules Committee has determined that no rules clarification is necessary.

This provision is specific, drivers side.
5/3/2008
08-00495/3/2008 Engine B. The engine must be as delivered from factory. Internal and external hardware (nuts, bolts, etc) may be replaced with OEM equivalent or better items performing the same fastening function(s) (e.g., studs/nuts/washers replacing bolts). All hardware must be the same size/diameter as OEM. No other modifications of any type after the air filter or before the exhaust port. - Are valve retainers fasteners that fall under this wording? 
The following is a response to the question that is being asked, the Rules Committee has determined that no rules clarification is necessary.
 
No, valve retainers are not fasteners (nuts, bolts, etc.)
5/3/2008
08-00485/3/2008 North American Points System I keep hearing rumours that this will/may be the last year of the National Points Series. Is that the case?  
The following is a response to the question that is being asked, the Rules Committee has determined that no rules clarification is necessary.
 
All planned future changes are documented in the rules with an effective date.
5/3/2008
08-00475/3/2008 Suspension I. Suspension bushing materials are free (other than upper front shock mounts - see B). >>>>Spherical bearings are not allowed.<<<< Rear shock absorbers which are originally equipped from their manufacturer with spherical bearings in their lower connection may be used. THEN> L. For those cars that can accept them, without modification to the chassis, the component or the pickup points, E36 M3 front lower control arms and bushings,>>>> along with solid rear upper shock mounts are allowed. In the interest of safety, it is strongly advised that this modification be made.<<<<< Does this allow for the use of a spherical bearing("solid") upper rear shock mount, and if so, is it limited to E36 cars, or is it allowed for all makes that will accept them? Or is it only allowed when used in conjunction with E36 front lower control arms? 
The following is a response to the question that is being asked, the Rules Committee has determined that no rules clarification is necessary.

No.  It means what it says:
1.  Rear shock absorbers which are originally equipped from their manufacturer with spherical bearings in their lower connection may be used.
2.  Solid upper rear shock mounts may be used.
Spherical bearings are not solid mounts.
5/3/2008
08-00465/3/2008 Suspension D. Any suspension setting not requiring machining or modification to factory parts is allowed. Does this allow for the use of roll-center reducing aka "ackerman" spacers, provided they bolt in without modification to the strut? 
The following is a response to the question that is being asked, the Rules Committee has determined that no rules clarification is necessary.

No.  It does not state or imply that additional components are allowed.
5/3/2008
08-00454/22/2008 Suspension Line J. Any FRONT bolt-in shock tower brace is allowed. As this is a change from the otherwise consistent wording of the rule for the last 10 years, my clarification request is, was this a chosen take-away, or are bolt in front and rear shock tower braces still allowed in Stock, and was the wording changed while trying to accomplish something else in prepared? See rules update v13.3.1. 4/22/2008
08-00444/22/2008 North American Challenge Points  According to the most recent rules update, a racer can only participate in ONE NAC event each season. Is there a chance this is a typo and is limited per class or is the rule intended to limit participation to truly only ONE NAC EVENT per season? See rules update v13.3.1. 4/22/2008
08-00434/22/2008 Roll Cage In stock, prepared and Spec E36 classes, are you allowed to add a gusset between the main hoop and the mounting plate it's welded to? If the mounting plates for the main hoop are in three planes (on the floor, against the rocker panel and against the rear seat area), after you weld the main hoop to the bottom plate and one or both of the vertical mounting plates, are you also allowed to use a gusset to triangulate or "box in" the area between the DOM tubing and the mounting plate? Would this gusset area count towards the total square inch limit of the mounting plates? Please submit this request to the National Technical Steward under the provisions of Appendix A, 19 Alternate Design/Construction for review. 4/22/2008
08-00414/22/2008 Protests and Appeals Under new Rule 1. B., is the deadline for submitting an appeal never less than 15 days from the date of the incident or penalty? (The way the rule is worded it could be less if info and/or docs are requested and provided to the appellant before the 5th day. For example, if the request was made on the first day after a penalty and CR provided the info/docs on the 2nd day the rule seems to be saying the deadline would be the 12th day -- second day plus 10 days.) See rules update v13.3.1. 4/22/2008
08-00404/22/2008 Protests and Appeals Under new Rule 1. A., is the information and documentation available to an appellant limited to that which is only in the possession of Club Racing and no where else or is all information and documentation held by Club Racing, related to an incident or penalty, available? (Is the intent of the rule to read as if it said "...all info and docs held by CR related...") See rules update v13.3.1. 4/22/2008
08-00393/15/2008 Brakes With Prepared being allowed a number of brake upgrade from stock and E36 M3's being allowed to run in JP as an "engine swap" car, can other vehicles also upgrade to the E36 M3 ABS system to better account for larger brakes and upgraded tires? Yes, the change of ABS systems is allowed.  Per the rules Prepared 4. Brakes, G. Upgrading to "M" specific components is allowed on non-"M" specific E36 chassis (i.e. E36M3 to E36). 3/15/2008
08-00383/15/2008 Safety Is a date stamp required on the right side window net? It is not specifically addressed in the new rules. The manufacturer has not been placing a date stamp, and said they have not had this questioned before. Not currently, SFI certification will be required effective 1 Jan 2010, please refer to v13.3 of the rules released March 15, 2008. 3/15/2008
08-00373/15/2008 Safety A. On board fire systems... 1. Halon 1301 or 1211 Several fire extinguisher companies and a racing supply company informed me that Halon is no longer being sold in New York State as it is too toxic. There is a more earth friendly replacement called Halotron (or such). Is this Halon replacement system allowed in stock class? Halotron fire systems are premitted, please refer to v13.3 of the rules released March 15, 2008. 3/15/2008
08-00362/19/2008 Engine Stock engine rule L. states "differential oil coolers are free". As such, they are free in Prepared as well. As a differential does not have the built-in capability to pump fluid through a cooler, a separate (electric) pump would be required to make the diff cooler functional. Would the pump be considered an "additional non-stock part(s) necessary to install oil coolers" (Rule L.3), and thus be legal? After all, why would the rules allow a part that cannot be made functional? Yes. 2/19/2008
08-00352/19/2008 Transmission Regarding clarification 08-0005, Prepared Class transmission. For the E30 M3 (and some other applications) the close ratio transmission bolts directly to the US motor and uses the US driveshaft and thus does not require modification to the diff either. In the case of the US E36 M3 vs the Euro E36 M3 3.2l the 6spd requires a non US driveshaft in order to properly mate up as well as a different differential flange (this is all outlined in the euro motor swap rules). Are any of these, or any other, modifications to fit the 6spd allowed in Prepared Class? The provision does not specify other modifications are allowed therefore they are not.  The cited provision applies to engine swaps, it does not extend beyond that scope.  2/19/2008
08-00342/19/2008 Engine Clarification 08-0008 states that there is no specific restriction on the location of an Accusump unit. However, the 2008 rules for Modified have very strict guidelines about the isolation of dry sump oil tanks from the drivers compartment with a metal bulkhead. If a dry sump tank is the same size and shape as an Accusump unit, can it also be placed anywhere (without a bulkhead)? A dry sump tank includes a filler, a drain and a breather in additional to an inlet and outlet which may leak or spill when tipped or flipped, hence the requirement to isolate these tanks from the drivers for thier protection.  2/19/2008
08-00332/19/2008 Body/Chassis/Interior Prepared Class, Body/Chassis/Interior, E.1. Doors Since the door can be "gutted" out of mechanisms, glass, wiring, etc can the door brake mechanisms also be removed? This would leave only the pair of hinges holding the door on which should be sufficient even for a fully stock door. Yes, Prepared Body/Chassis/Interior, F - "door mechanisms" applies. 2/19/2008
08-00322/19/2008 Engine Can other stock and prepared cars use the dual pickup pan and pump that the 95 LTW M3 came with? BMW Motorsport came up with this solution because there is a serious oil pickup issue on all m50 based engines. I personally have tried different venders baffles and none work as well as the dual pickup pan and pump. There is zero performance benefit, only an increase in safety and reliability.  Yes, the provisions of Stock, Engine, N  "Oil pump pick-up, baffle and oil pan are free." apply. 2/19/2008
08-00312/19/2008 Roll Cage Two rear downbars are required according the the rules. Can these downbars consist of the two bars forming the rear X, or is the X considered additional bracing only? Roll Cage rules specify that "The main hoop rear braces shall be installed to form no more than a one hundred five (105) degree angle or no less than a seventy five (75) degree angle with the main hoop when viewed from the top."  Therefore, braces that form an X would not be allowed as they would form an angle significantly less than the minimum 75 degree. 2/19/2008
08-00302/19/2008 Cooling Stock rules say that coolant expansion tanks may be replaced with metallic tank of equivalent capacity and function. I am required by some groups that I run with to have a catch can mounted for coolant, which is not possible with a stock E36 tank. Does this stock rule also allow me to run the E36 Euro/late E30 US tank which is cheaper and easier than an aftermarket metal tank so that I can have a true overflow tube? No, the rule does not allow for replacement other than those specified.  A mid-year rule change is being considered. 2/19/2008
08-00292/19/2008 Suspension When building a prepared class car, does the Stock Classes section 3 "Suspension", sub-section "I" written as "any bolt-in shock tower brace is allowed" mean that a welded in shock tower brace in a prepared class car is not allowed? This refers to the front shock towers.  The McPherson strut is an integrated spring/shock.  A mid-year rules change to allow separate rear bars is being considered. Meanwhile cage designs that additional bars between the main hoop down bars are allowed under the roll cage provisions. 2/19/2008
08-00282/19/2008 Roll Cage Appendix A, sub-section 11, "Mounting Points", does the description six, seven, or eight points mean "no more than" six, seven, or eight points? Can more than this number of points be used in the prepared class and still be legal? This means exactly those number of points except as provided for in Safety, 3 Roll Cages, C Modified and Super Modified. 2/19/2008
08-00272/19/2008 Gearbox Are close ratios gearboxes allowed in prepared? Clarification: Yes, euro spec/close ratio/alternate non US transmissions are allowed in prepared. However, these allowed transmissions must be from road going, dealer delivered and licenseable vehicles. No modifications to internals, including reinforced/upgraded/non OEM parts are allowed. This also disallows tranmissions specifically designed for racing including, but not limited to, Motorsport parts or Motorsport internals/cases. See 08-0005. 2/19/2008
08-00262/19/2008 Roll Cage Many roll cage designs utilize a cross bar between the A pillar tubing which would run behind the dash or underneath it. If a bar such as this is used can the steering column support(s), either any bolt on supports or any brackets/mounts which are part of the chassis, be modified or removed in order to facilitate this additional cross bar? Essentially, can the steering column be supported/mounted by the roll cage instead of using stock mounting/supports. If such a design is used is this then an additional mounting point? There are no such modifications specifically specified, therefore they are not allowed.  This item is being considered for a mid-year rules change. 2/19/2008
08-00251/23/2008 Body/Chassis/Interior for D-Mod i have a question... on running Lexan front and rear windows - are blow-in and blow-out straps 'required' per rules?  Yes, from the current rules:Modified
10. Body, Chassis, Interior and Windows
D.
Windows:
3. Windshields may be replaced with polycarbonate of minimum 1/8” thickness. Front and rear windshield retaining clips or straps are required for non-glass windshields. A minimum of four exterior retaining clips (two top and two bottom) or two exterior retaining straps and two interior windshield supporting bars are required. If an edge of a polycarbonate windshield is not accessible for measurement, a 1/8” diameter inspection hole must be drilled near a bottom corner of polycarbonate windshields to allow confirmation of thickness.
1/23/2008
08-00231/23/2008 Safety All of our cars are built using custom made NASCAR Butler road race seats, each seat is custom made to our drivers. For over 2 years, we have been installing NASCAR Butler bolt on right side head restraints. We feel this is far superior to a right side net for maximum neck safety. Are we still required to install right side nets? Yes, there are no exceptions to this requirement. 1/23/2008
08-00211/23/2008 Body/Chassis/Interior STOCK Is the engine compartment underhood liner allowed to be removed?  No, nothing specifically allows removal of this insulation. 1/23/2008
08-00201/23/2008 Roll Cage STOCK Is the heater core allowed to be removed or disabled/disconnected for the purposes of installing an under-dash bar and/or right side net as part of the roll cage installation?  No, there are no provisions that allow the removal or disabling of these items to allow for the installation of safety equipment. 1/23/2008
08-00181/23/2008 Body/Chassis/Interior STOCK "Spoilers are free providing they do not exceed maximum body width. Installed devices must be consistent with the spirit of the original design of the car such as those presented byaftermarket sources. For example, homemade panels attached to the car would not conform to the spirit of the original design unless they emulate such a part, such as splitter panel. Dive plates are prohibited." Glossary: "Lip-Type Rear Spoiler - A directly attached aerodynamic device which generates downforce from the action of air flowing over a single surface, creating a turbulent depression away from the direction of motion" Does the attached definition fall under the attached rule wording?  Yes. 1/23/2008
08-00171/23/2008 Body/Chassis/Interior STOCK "Chassis/body, with the exception of spoilers, must be the same material as supplied by the factory." Does this include mirrors, and if so, does this allow for the use of any factory mirror? (i.e. the side mirrors on an 2005 E46 are different fron the side mirrors on a 2003 E46, and the E46 M3 also has a different mirror. They are all the same chassis, and they are all factory mirrors and the same material - can they be interchanged? (This is not asking for clarification of whether or not an E46 mirror can be used on an E36 etc.)  No, nothing specifically allows the replacement of these components. 1/23/2008
08-00161/23/2008 Differential STOCK "Factory limited slip differentials are allowed with the same ring and pinion ratio as the standard differential, with factory lockup characteristics (including, but not limited to, ramp angle and lockup percentage)." Does this also govern the number of differential clutch discs allowed?  Yes, nothing specifically allows increasing or decreasing the number of clutch plates. 1/23/2008
08-00131/23/2008 Engine STOCK "The engine must be as delivered from factory. Internal and external hardware (nuts, bolts, etc) may be replaced with OEM equivalent or better items performing the same fastening function(s) (e.g., studs/nuts/washers replacing bolts). All hardware must be the same size/diameter as OEM." Does this allow the use of titanium nuts/bolts/studs/washers in the engine?" Yes. 1/23/2008
08-00121/23/2008 Protests and Appeals PROTESTS AND APPEALS "If the car is found upon inspection to conform to the rules, the protester will forfeit the bond and it will then be used to cover costs involved." Do “costs involved” include travel, time, storage fees etc? Also, for example, if a car is impounded and while in impound, something happens to the car – body damage, paint damage, theft of parts etc – would those costs be covered by the protest bond? If not, would BMW CCA CR bear such costs or would those costs be the responsibility of the competitor who was protested? " PROTESTS AND APPEALS
Protests
9. The protest may request and specify that portions of the car be dismantled, inspected, or any other test made provided that the protester posts a cash bond with the Protest Committee sufficient to cover the total expense of disassembly, inspection and reassembly.
The Protest Committee must consider what, if any, additional costs are to be included in the Protest Bond.
1/23/2008
08-00111/23/2008 Protests and Appeals  PROTESTS AND APPEALS "Once filed, a protest or Official Action must run its due course through the process." The rules do not specifically say that if a protest is filed that it may be withdrawn. Is this correct? It is clear, once filed the action must complete the process. 1/23/2008
08-00101/23/2008 Classification STOCK "Stock classes are based on factory-published horsepower and weight. All cars must conform to these figures if tested." Can one competitor protest another's car under this rule?" PROTESTS AND APPEALS
Protests
1. A protest shall concern a decision, act, or omission of the organizers, officials, car, driver, or other person connected with an event; which is alleged to have made a violation of these rules
.
1/23/2008
08-00091/23/2008 Engine STOCK "The engine must be as delivered from factory. Internal and external hardware (nuts, bolts, etc) may be replaced with OEM equivalent or better items performing the same fastening function(s) (e.g., studs/nuts/washers replacing bolts). All hardware must be the same size/diameter as OEM. No other modifications of any type after the air filter or before the exhaust port." Is the use of an E36 timing chain tensioner allowed in an E30M3/S14 engine? Only if it is listed as a factory replacement part for the engine. 1/23/2008
08-00081/23/2008 Engine STOCK Accusumps are allowed - can they be placed anywhere in the car or must they be placed in the engine compartment? There is no specific restriction on the location of the unit. 1/23/2008
08-00061/23/2008 Suspension STOCK "Except as allowed in Paragraph B below, suspension pick-up points must remain as located from the factory in all three dimensions and any suspension component that is not adjustable from the factory or by factory approved service manual procedures may not be adjusted. Glossary: Pickup point (Suspension) – The location of attachment of a suspension component on the subframe, or structure (unibody) of the car. Pickup point is also referred to as “pivot axis.” Under this wording, are offset front control arm bushings allowed? Bushing are not pickup points. 1/23/2008
08-00051/23/2008 Transmission Are close ratios gearboxes allowed in prepared? The 2008 Rules state that a "A BMW OE transmission must be used. No changes to the case or internals are permitted." for Prepared. 
The glossary defines "O E (OE) - Original Equipment. Original or factory installed optional equipment and components available on standard production vehicles delivered to BMW or MINI authorized dealers for sale to the general public for use on public roads. " 
The definition does not specify any restriction on the geographical location of authorized dealers therefore, yes close ratio gearboxes that were available on standard production vehicles delivered to BMW or MINI dealers for sale to the general public for use on public roads are permissible in Prepared classes.
1/23/2008
08-00041/23/2008 Roll Cage Would a foam or honeycomb style side impact structure be allowed in BMW CCA Club Racing? In Stock? In Prepared? In Mod? If allowed, would the same rules apply with regards to gutting driver doors as apply to cars with "NASCAR" type door bars? Under the provisions of Appendix A, Roll Cage Specifications, 19 such alternate construction may be accepted. 1/23/2008
08-00031/23/2008 Licensing I just turned 37. Under the old rules, my physical expires at the end of January 2008. The new rules allow 3 years between physicals. Does my physical from 2006 now last until 2009, or must I have another one this month? The requirement for a physical every three years applies only to those aged 40 to 49 years old.  At age 37 you fall into the group that requires physicals every five years.  If renewing at age 40 you will need a new physical if your current one is more than two years old (2 prior years plus renewal year = three years). 1/23/2008
08-00021/23/2008 Body/Chassis/Interior "I'm changing wings this season and as per the rules, the wing can not be any wider than the widest part of the body. I assume mirrors are excluded here? Being MOD, I have flares so I assume if those are the widest point on the car then that is where my limit will be determined?" This is defined under Prepared
7. Body/Chassis/Interior
B. Spoilers and wings are free providing they do not exceed maximum body width, are no higher than the roofline and do not extend more than 2" past the farthest part of the rear bumper as viewed from above, of the car.
Maximum body width is defined as widest point of the beam of the racecar at the front or rear structural quarter panels or doors, including allowed flares. Mirrors or other similar items are not considered part of the body for width determination.
1/23/2008
4/5/2013Eric Heinrich Interior left side nets.  Why are we not requiring interior left side nets the same way we are requiring interior right side nets? The left side interior net is not be considered at this time4/5/2013
5/22/2013steve snow Car class, HI, I am going to run a E92 335 ci in a mod class, Which class would that car fall into. I see it goes by engine size?? is that it??? thanks Mod cars will be classified by actual engine displacement. Turbo engines will have a multiplier assessed. For example: 3.0 engine with turbo 3.0x 1.5 = 4.5 = B Mod5/22/2013
2/7/2013Bob Perritt classification of car for racing  My son has a 2005 m3 stock competition package car,he has joined the club and will be working towards his racing license at some point, need to determine if this car should run in HS. rules only show years up to 2003 for this car. This was an omission. Will update weight appendix. Generally this car would be "H" class2/7/2013
5/24/2013Matthew Noonan Class Hi I am a new racer. I have e36 M3. I am need help with my class that I will be running. All is stock or suspension except I have header pipes and Euro intake. What class will this put me in? I think it will be IS but I wanted to be sure before entering my first race at Thunderbolt. It is the responsibility of the racer to declare the car class. Intakes are free. Plennum must remain from car model and year. Headers and exhaust must remain stock from model and year5/24/2013
2/27/2011Mike Akard Premier Event On February 27, 2011, the South Central region does not yet have a Premier Event listed on the BMW CCA Club Racing website for 2011. Is the South Central region not having a Premier Event for the 2011 season for some rules related reason?  Question was answered - test3/12/2012
2/11/2012Steve Amos what states or chapters are in the south central region??? what states are in the south central region???? Question answered 3/12/2012
7/5/2012Mathieu Lussier Transponder I'm a rookie and will be in my first race in August. I guess I need to get a transponder. Is the club still using the MyLAPS brand?  Club Racing is using MYLAPS Car Flex Transponders. You will need the car racing unit.  http://www.mylaps.com/index.php/us_eng/Websites/B2C/car/shop/flex_transponder7/31/2012