After reading a few of the recent topics about Retro racing I think the time is right to bring up an interesting observation I have made in my two years of competing. Don't take this as trying to start a war. I know not everyone will agree and that's fine, this is just my opinion.
It is my understanding that the idea behind Retro was to take the motor out of the equation making it a "chassis builders class." It seems to me that just the oposite has happened.
Because of the relatively high downforce of the Ti22 body and the low horsepower of the FK or Retro Hawk motors most any chassis design will work if built properly. The diversity of chassis designs that show up on the podiums is testament to this. That in turn has made the motor all the more important. When you go to a major event most of the top racers settle in on the car they will use pretty quickly then concentrate on going through dozens of motors (and tires, but thats a whole 'nuther' story) to find the one with the slight edge.
I am not advocating getting away from the sealed motors at all. I like the concept. Frankly if I had to put the effort into building motors that I did when I raced 25 years ago I would not be racing today.
I think maybe its time to look into using less downforce on Retro cars. I feel that would put more emphasis on the chassis, which was the original idea.
Just my opinion,