The SCCA has set up separate classes for different cars based upon their abilities and modifications. As a general rule of thumb, the more modifications you do to your car, the higher up into the list of classes it will go. This guide is designed to help you determine where your car might be classed, but does not contain additional allowances and restrictions mentioned within the Official SCCA Solo Rule Book. If you know what has been done to your car, chances are that one of our members can help you determine where your car belongs.
These are classes that may or may not be unique to the SRRSCCA region.
Novice – This class is designed to cater to new drivers looking to get their feet wet. There’s a special walk around the course with an experienced club member, who will give you tips/pointers, and let you know what you need to do. The members in the neon vests can also hop in and ride along with you to guide you along the way, if you need help. This class is designated with the letter “N’.
Street Unlimited – This class was created for drivers who have already made extensive modifications to their cars without the intent of building to a certain class’s specifications. The only requirements for this group are that the car must be street legal, and it must be using tires that have a tread-wear rating of 200 or higher. This class is designated with the letters “SU”.
Open class rules. (Drafted by Eric Stoltz, August 13th 2018)
Definition: "Open" refers to the designation given to SCCA National classes that are Open to both men and women competing in their appropriately classed cars.
Class Philosophy: The Open class is designed to replicate the format and challenges of a Championship Tour and/or the Solo National Championships. This allows competitors to experience the challenge of a best-of-three run format within the local level autocross environment. It is meant to be an extra level of challenge and competition. This may include those who plan to compete at the National level, for those who may compete nationally someday, or for those who may never travel to national events but would like an extra element of challenge. It is not meant to be exclusive to anyone, nor does it require any previous qualifications to enter.
Cars & Competitors: Cars will be expected to be legal and complaint with the current year's SCCA Solo rule book for their given class and category. Competitors will use the current year PAX/RTP multiplier for their given vehicle. Competitors are not limited to one class or category for the season. Each event is scored based on your finishing position in PAX relative to your competitors. It is at the driver's discretion to choose what class/vehicle they would like to run at any pointed event. Open class entrants will designate their car with an "O" in front of their class letters. When registering for an event, Open competitors will need to make clear the class they are signing up for and designate to the registration personnel they are entering the Open class. Example: John Smith, Open Class, A Street, car #9.
Competition Rules: Drivers will be scored on their first 3 runs of the day to determine their placing in the Open class results. All subsequent runs will count toward overall RAW/PAX for the event, but will not count for Open.
-All Open competitors must be placed in the same run group.
-Open competitors are not allowed to ride along with any other cars on course until all 3 of their Open class runs are completed.
-Open competitors may also volunteer to be course designers. This implies there will be an extra familiarity with the course for the designer(s), but for the purpose of our class we will follow the precedent set by national solo events, where courses are designed by competitors. Course designers will be expected to not pre-run the course in their competition car at speed. Safety & quality checks of the course are allowed within reason, and should only be run in a non-competition vehicle or at non-competition pace.
-Open class competitors may have a codriver. Limit 2 drivers per car for the Open class heat. Drivers will be expected to alternate each run to mimic National competition run format.
-Reruns during the first 3 runs will be handled as they would typically be, as outlined in the SCCA Solo rulebook. A minimum of 5 cars or 5 minutes must pass before the rerun takes place.
-All other event and competition rules outlined in the current SCCA Solo rule book will apply.
These are the most basic “layers” of classes that are found within the SCCA solo rule book. Each of these are further split into separate classes with a different letter designation, to help level the playing field, based on a car’s natural performance ability. For example, a stock C5 Corvette would be in “A” street (AS), while a base Honda Civic would be in “H” street (HS). Please note, all/most cars are already classified within the rule book, but their level of modification changes their placing within the groups found below.
Street – Many street class cars serve double-duty as weekend racers, while still remaining weekday commuters. With competitors having theoretically equivalent equipment, the main variable becomes the driver. Vehicles must remain near stock condition except for these basic modification allowances:
– drop in air filters
– cat-back exhausts
– stock wheel sizes
– tires with minimum tread-wear rating of 200
– brake pads, braided brake lines
– shocks may be revalved/replaced/upgraded, ride height & spring must stay stock.
– either the front OR rear sway bar may be upgraded
– removed spare tire and tools
– trailer hitch, safety equipment
– aftermarket gauges, stereo equipment
Street Touring – The street touring classes are intended to allow common affordable modification, while keeping the cars much more “streetable” than a flat-out “Street Prepared” car would be. All of the rules and allowances of the Stock classes apply, with the following additions:
– air intake modified up to throttle body
– full exhaust modifications permitted (cats must be retained, may be replaced with high flow cat in factory location)
– factory emission & OBD equipment must be retained
– engine mount replacement
– underdrive pulleys
– ECU may be reprogrammed (except boost level)
– tires with minimum tread-wear rating of 200 (each ST sublevel class has varying wheel and tire width allowances, see rulebook)
– any brake pad, rotor, or caliper
– any shock, spring, or sway bar
– strut bars may be added, but only connect at two points
– camber plates and bolts
– OEM offered bumper lips/spoiler/aero
– replacement seat (minimum 25 lb)
– lightweight battery, A/C removal
Street Prepared – The street prepared classes offer a few more modifications than the street touring classes, in particular, slick tires (r-compounds) are re-allowed. All of the rules and allowances of stock and street touring above apply, with the following additions:
– boost levels may be modified (stock turbo)
– cat delete
– any wheel or DOT legal tire, r-compounds
– fenders may be cut or bent for tire clearance
– update/backdate parts from different year models of the same vehicle
– any seat replacement
– steering wheel replacement
– aftermarket splitters and spoilers
Street Modified – The street modified classes are intended to be the ultimate street-legal racing machines. All of the rules and allowances of stock, street touring, and street prepared above apply, with the following additions:
– any engine is allowed, with any modifications
– make of engine block must match make of original engine or chassis
– minimum weights are listed within rulebook
– sub-classes are separated based on number of seats/doors/car type/drivetrain type (two seater, coupe, sedan, FWD/RWD)
– aftermarket hoods or trunks
– wings may be added, removed, or modded
– rear seats removed
Prepared – The prepared classes move beyond the realm of “street” cars, and into the realm of pure racing vehicles. Extensive modifications are allowed, many of which may not be mentioned here. There are also additional restrictions on a per-class basis which are not outlined here:
– extensive internal and external engine modifications allowed
– maximum of 12″ wide wheels, any tire
– brakes unrestricted, but no inboard brakes unless originally equipped
– unrestricted suspension modifications
– open top cars must have a roll bar
– extensive weight reduction allowed, stripped interior
– rear seats removed
– pedals, steering wheel, and seat must be entirely left (or right) of vehicle center
– any engine may be used, provided it’s basic orientation and position remain the same
– minimum weights apply
Modified – The modified classes contain the fastest vehicles. These are one-off, custom built machines with the sole purpose of completing a solo course as quickly as possible. In modified, the rule set varies based upon the class, mainly depending upon weight, vehicle type, and engine size.