I think what MikaR is trying to explain is that the concept of the GT class racing is to try to lower the overall costs associated with on-road racing, to adapt to the current world wide economic situation and to offer RC racers an opportunity to compete in a more level playing field.
There has been way too many heated debates on this thread & other threads about “Spec vs. Open” GT car racing.
There’s no debating that an “Open” GT car would produce superior speeds & lap times, but the true issue we fellow RC racers should consider with this new breed of on-road racing, are the growth and future of our sport.
My personal opinion are that these GT cars is: they are fun, very durable, spectator friendly, accessible and moderately priced; in comparison to Sedan & true 1/8 scale vehicles.
GT cars are a great “stepping stone” for newer racers into the higher ranks, a class for experienced racers that wish to compete with a more simple chassis design and for any racer that wish to be able to continue to enjoy the RC racing experience during this challenging financial climate.
Nitro Sedans & 1/8 scale cars do offer racers with the ultimate in speed & complexity, so there is really not much need for the GT cars to escalate to that level, since those types of classes already exist.
Mexico has the best example of what can be done with the GT class. They have a huge number of Spec racers attending their events. The rules are set in stone, they are having fun and there is little “in-fighting” between the people that would otherwise be good friends.
If “the proof is in the pudding” the Mexico GT class is a shining example of what does work very well.
Be it “brand” specific or not, “they’ve got it going on”, while here in America and elsewhere around the world, we’re just spinning our GT car wheels.