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JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
12/27/20 9:08 p.m.

The ACME car was George Bowland's old sucker car at one point, right? That car strted life really wide and short to accommodate the suction skirt, and, yeah, I do remember KJ and Marshall basically turning it into a more traditional truss framed center section.

I think Milligan and Cheng's car is even more radical on the track/wheelbase ratio. But, yeah, I totally get what you're saying about selling out for one part of the friction circle or another. I think when everyone jumped on the turbo 2-stroke bandwagon then it became a contest of who could use all of that newfound power first. 

My other favorite historical A Mod arms race was the high aspect ratio wings back in the '90s. It was kind of before people had realy figured out how to build multi-element wings efficiently, and a dual-element wing was a big deal, and people realized that with limited square footage, a high-aspect ratio was a more efficient use of that square footage. So you got all these A Mod cars with super wide glider wings that they had to space up above the cones. Pretty crazy stuff.


nalyd8991 New Reader
12/27/20 10:22 p.m.

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

Yes, the Acme special was Bowland's fan car. KJ lengthened the wheelbase multiple times while it was his.

I wish A-mod history was much more accessible, because basically all the team knows about the class history is from what we learned consulting with KJ and Joe early in the design process. I've seen the photos of cars with sprint-car like wings and wondered what was going on there.

Tom1200 Dork
12/27/20 10:44 p.m.

I think the early A-mod cars were a case of "we had the part and it did the job".

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