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abhibeckert
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Posted - 01 May 2019 :  12:09:13  Show Profile  Visit abhibeckert's Homepage Send abhibeckert a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
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Originally posted by bigem

888 introduced the ZB with all composite panels and as it was was not announced, the other two didn't know about it until they got to Adelaide!

They knew long before Adelaide. There were months, maybe even years of discussions on the subject.

Like the Mustang, the ZB was not technically eligible to compete in the series. Major changes had to be made to the rule book specifically to allow creating custom composite panels to adjust the shape of the car and all of the teams were aware of this. Since these changers also made the Mustang possible, the Ford teams would have been directly involved in the discussion.

It was also discussed to a lesser extent in public, so even race fans (at least ones who follow the series close enough) knew the ZB would have a bunch of composite panels. For example in September there was an article on Speed Cafe where teams complained about composite panels costing them $40,000 to upgrade their cars to the new model. If that's not a clear indicator were quite a few custom panels, I don't know what is.

The Ford teams were given the option of modifying their cars in the off season - all teams are allowed to do this every year - and they decided not to. And then on the first day of the first race of the year, they announced out of the blue on a live TV interview that they think the ZB has an advantage and they should be allowed to run composite panels in the FGX.

Two weeks later, they were running those composite panels. Supercars was blindsided by the public outcry from Ford fans and weren't given enough time to think it through or consider alternatives (such as putting ballast higher up, which they did previously to resolve a similar issue in the Nissan and Volvo). Supercars simply did what Ford was asking for.

Edited by - abhibeckert on 01 May 2019 12:10:55
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bigem
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Posted - 01 May 2019 :  23:37:33  Show Profile Send bigem a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Supercars folded to public pressure, a typical reaction to most situations they get themselves in to!
The Ford team's did not expect the replacement for VF to rewrite the rule book, It was supposed to be more of the same, not a much faster car! Funny history repeats except the ZB was not altered by Supercars, why not?

Colorado, the D-max that John West rejects!
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djr18fan
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Posted - 02 May 2019 :  04:21:18  Show Profile Send djr18fan a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
quote:
Originally posted by bigem

Supercars folded to public pressure, a typical reaction to most situations they get themselves in to!



You're now complaining when supercars do what the fans want?

_Mford
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