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Reviving the 36-Inch Tire Rule: Boosting Twin Turbo Combos in No Prep Elite

In the world of street racing, every advantage counts. As fans of the sport know, tire size can make a significant difference in performance, especially under challenging track conditions. Let's rewind to seasons past, specifically season 5 and earlier, where there was no restriction on tire size. Racers could opt for a 36-inch tall tire, known for its speed and forgiving nature, particularly in the heat of the day or on less than ideal track surfaces.

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Fast forward to season 6, a pivotal change was introduced: a restriction limiting tires to 34.5 inches tall. This adjustment aimed to level the playing field but had unintended consequences, especially for twin turbo cars. These vehicles, known for their power, struggled to effectively utilize their capabilities, particularly on the latter half of the track during no prep races.


Many in the street racing community argue that reverting to a 36-inch tall tire could be the solution. This change isn't just about nostalgia; it's about enhancing competition and variety in racing. Twin turbo setups and screw blowers, which excel with more forgiving tire sizes, would likely see improved consistency and performance. ProCharger-equipped cars, while different in boost delivery, could also benefit, potentially achieving higher speeds.

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The initial intent behind the tire size restriction was to accommodate racers who couldn't fit a 36-inch tire. However, as advancements in vehicle setups continue, this restriction may inadvertently phase out turbocharged cars from prominent racing leagues like NPK.


Maintaining diversity in power adders is crucial for the sport's appeal. The prospect of a field dominated solely by screw blowers and ProChargers raises concerns about losing the unique characteristics and challenges that twin turbo cars bring to the track.

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In conclusion, revisiting the 36-inch tall tire rule isn't just a nod to the past but a forward-thinking strategy to sustain the competitive edge and intrigue of street outlaw racing. It's a call to balance tradition with innovation, ensuring that all types of racing setups have a fair chance to thrive in the evolving landscape of street racing.


Let's keep the turbo cars in the race, keep the competition fierce, and keep the streets talking. For more insights and updates on street racing trends, stay tuned to Street Outlaws Talks.

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