Horsepower Wars $10K Drag Shootout Rules Overview - FINAL RULES

Updated August 1, 2018

This is the final 2018 Horsepower Wars $10K Drag Competition (“Competition”) Rules (“Rules”). THE RULES MAY BE ADJUSTED AS NECESSARY BY HORSEPOWER WARS OFFICIALS TO ENSURE A COMPETITIVE BALANCE.

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Overview of Shootout: Teams will compete against each other to see who can build the quickest drag racing car (“Vehicle”) over a period of 10 days, with a budget of $10,000 -- which will consist of $3,000 in cash and a $7,000 Summit Racing Equipment Gift Card. Each Team (“Team”) will consist of one (1) Team leader (“Team Leader”), and four (4) crew (“Crew”) members, plus one (1) optional Coach (“Coach”). Among the Team of five (5) people, one driver (“Driver”) must be identified. Optionally, a sixth individual may be a designated Driver, but may not assist the build Teams, source products, or be involved in the build process other than observation. No more than six (6) individuals may be part of a Team. Team Leader shall be the original Applicant for the Competition; and will lead the Team and be the final decision maker for all decisions during the Competition. During the Competition, there will be surprise bonuses, competitions, and challenges that can assist, or hurt, the chances of each Team’s ability to build their Vehicle and win.

Prizes: The winning Team will win their Vehicle and shall be awarded $10,000 in cash, payable by Summit Motorsports Park at the conclusion of the 2018 Shakedown at the Summit in Norwalk, Ohio.

Build Location & Details: The Shootout builds start July 16th-28th 2018. Each Team will have ten (10) days to buy and build their Vehicle in accordance with the Rules of the Shootout. The entire build will be done by each Team in Murrieta, CA at the Horsepower Wars Tech Center Facility (“Facility”). Each Team will be provided a lift, and access to tools, equipment (including welding equipment), and shall have access to a chassis dyno in the Facility. After the ten day build process, each Vehicle will be impounded prior to the race portion of the Competition. Tech Center/Studio is closed to the public and the public will NOT be permitted to observe the builds and/or filming at the Facility.

Protests - Build Process: Protests during build process should be addressed directly with the Horsepower Wars Official (“Official”) that is actively on site during the builds. Penalties and/or decisions shall be made exclusively by the Official.

Protests - Racing: Protests during racing should be addressed directly with the Horsepower Wars Official that is actively on site during the race event. Penalties and/or decisions shall be made exclusively by the Official.

Build Times: The Tech Center shall be made available to each Team at 8:00 am PST until 8:00 PM PST for the first eight (8) days of the build. For the final two (2) days of the Build, Tech Center hours shall be amended to 8:00 am PST until Midnight. At the conclusion of midnight on the final day, each Team shall be removed from the build area and the Vehicles shall be sealed and impounded. There shall be a 1 hour break for lunch each day at noon. From noon-1 pm no crew members may be in the shop build area, may not work on the Vehicle or components of the Vehicle, nor may remove Vehicle or components from the build area. Teams may source products and/or parts during lunch at their option.

Rules on Vehicle:

  1. Selection of Vehicle
  1. Each Team will be able to buy one Vehicle from a selection of six Vehicles that have been pre-selected by the Horsepower Wars Team for the price of $500. A challenge on Day 1 of the competition will determine the order in which each Team will be able to choose their Vehicle. Vehicle must be accepted by Team “as-is.
  1. Minimum Weight
  1. Base minimum weight with driver of all vehicles is 3,200 lbs. Final race weight may be different than base depending on results of contests and twists during shootout.
  1. Removal/Sale of Parts
  1. Team may remove parts from the Vehicle that they will not be utilizing during the competition (i.e. stock engine, transmission, smog equipment, etc.) as long as the Team complies with the weight loss regs in section 6.
  2. Certain Vehicles will come with additional parts that were purchased along with the Vehicle. These parts may be utilized or they must be discarded. They may not be sold for additional budget to third-parties. These parts may not leave the build area/building.
  3. For Parts removed or not needed, teams have the following options
  1. Parts may be discarded (may not be sold for additional budget to third-parties).
  2. Parts may be traded to other Teams for use on their Vehicle only.
  3. Parts may be sold to other Teams for use on their Vehicle only.
  4. For parts to be traded or sold to other Teams, each Team Leader must get an Official to assist (log) the transaction and identify/mark the part for the transfer to be legal. All transactions must be at market price. Official has the final say on all transactions of parts (sold or traded).
  5. Parts may be sold for Team beer budget.
  1. Body & Chassis, Exterior
  1. Exterior of body and all body panels (hood, fenders, nose, bumper cover, doors, rear hatch, trunk) must remain intact and not be lightened, with the exception of any lightening permitted in section 6.
  2. Aftermarket, lightweight body panels may be substituted so long as they retain general factory appearance. Headlights and taillights are required.
  3. OEM glass windows are required.
  4. Factory firewall is required. (Firewall may be clearanced if necessary.)
  5. Steel bumpers may be removed and replaced with fiberglass or plastic bumpers, but front and rear bumpers must remain on Vehicle.
  6. Hood may not be removed, however, you may clearance the hood as necessary for induction system or carb. A hole may be made in the hood, however it must be no more than an 16-inch diameter hole, or 200-square inches if not a circle.
  7. Vehicle may be modified for larger tires, including reasonable, required trimming of bodywork, frame rails and chassis. Excessive clearancing is illegal.
  1. Interior
  1. Interior may be removed.
  1. Lightening
  1. Vehicle may be lightened, but must meet minimum weight.
  1. Suspension - Front
  1. Front suspension may be modified, or aftermarket front suspension installed. Front strut towers (if OE-equipped) may not be removed.
  1. Suspension - Rear
  1. Any rear suspension components may be utilized.
  1. Brakes
  1. Front and rear brakes are required and must be functioning.
  1. Engine
  1. Any engine or power adder is permitted, including unlimited power adders.
  1. Electronics & EFI
  1. Any permitted.
  1. Tires:
  1. All Vehicles must run Mickey Thompson 275 Pro (275/60/15) tires that will be provided. Mickey Thompson will supply 26 x 4.5 - 15 front skinny tires should Team elect to utilize 15-inch skinny front wheels.
  1. Fuel & Fueling
  1. Vehicle shall be required to use VP Racing C16 fuel which shall be provided. C16 may be the only fuel utilized in the Vehicle. Fuel additives are prohibited. Use of water meth, or methanol is prohibited. Any fuel delivery system is allowed.
  1. Cooling
  1. Cooling system may be removed or modified.
  2. Water only permitted in cooling system if utilized.
  1. Nitrous
  1. Nitrous shall be provided (if desired) at both the Tech Center and race location. 
  2. Teams may supplement or supply additional nitrous bottles that do not come from their budget. Nitrous bottles must be up to date.
  1. Laptops
  1. Teams may supply their own laptops for tuning if desired. However, laptop may not control Vehicle, or be used as a live data acquisition device.
  2. Tuning credits or tuning devices that may be needed to tune Vehicle must be appropriated from budget.
  1. Safety
  1. Safety: Vehicles must comply with safety rules.
  2. Driver must have license for applicable E.T. Driver must have protective clothing and helmet.
  3. SFI Chassis Certs will be provided at no charge.
  4. The following safety gear shall be provided at no charge to the Teams. Seat belts, battery box, master cut-off switch, driveshaft loop, and window net.
  5. Fire safety equipment can be provided or sponsored to the teams (fire system, extinguisher, etc.) but will not be provided by Horsepower Wars. Fire safety equipment will not count against the budget for the Vehicles.

Rules on the Build Process

  1. Build Team
  1. Only Team members can touch Vehicle or Vehicle components. Only Team members may source parts or build/develop Vehicle components.
  2. Team Leader must be present and active during every day of the race and build.
  3. Tech Center/Studio is closed to the public and the public will NOT be permitted to observe the builds and/or filming at the Facility.
  1. Parts
  1. Each Team will be given $3,000 in cash and a $7,000 Summit Racing credit. Each team may be designated two Crew who will be responsible for ordering parts from Summit Racing.
  2. $3,000 may be utilized to purchase the Vehicle and any new or used parts from independent third-parties.
  3. Summit Racing will provide free overnight shipping of all components on in-stock, non-freight items.
  4. A Horsepower Wars Official (“Official”) will be observing each Team. All purchases of parts other than those from Summit Racing must be approved by Official.
  5. All used parts must be purchased by unaffiliated parties at market value price which shall ultimately be approved or rejected by the Competition Director and Officials.
  6. No parts may be received as gifts.
  7. No parts may be provided at a discount by third-parties in trade for exposure or benefit.
  8. Receipts must be obtained for all parts purchases.
  9. Certain parts will be provided at no-cost to the build Teams from Horsepower Wars show sponsors. A list of these parts will be revealed to the build Teams no less than 21 days before the competition.
  1. Parts Acquisition
  1. Used parts, as well as all new parts purchased from private parties (not a retail or store front), need approval from a Horsepower Wars Official BEFORE purchase. Provide a cell phone picture, description of the part, seller’s name, seller’s phone #, part # and price, and you will receive approval via cell phone text. Additional information may be requested.
  2. Any parts acquired for the Vehicle - whether from Summit - or a third-party - or used, must be processed through parts customs/logging before they will be permitted in the build area.
  3. Receipts for any parts must be provided to the Horsepower Wars Official clearly listing the seller’s name, phone number, part #s, description of parts, and price. Officials will log all parts in the parts log, and mark the part with a punch and color code.
  4. The Official may reject part purchases where the purchase price does not match the market value of the product. All new parts will be evaluated using public pricing available, on Summit Racing’s website, and others. All used parts will be evaluated based on market value.
  5. No free or borrowed parts may be accepted from any third-parties.
  6. Violations of the parts rules may result in Team disqualification, rejection of the parts, or removal of budget from Team to equalize market value, at the sole discretion of Official.
  1. Labor & Machine Work
  1. The Horsepower Wars Studio is not equipped with engine machining capabilities. Each Team will need to source their own tools or coordinate machine shop(s). If a team wants to hone their own block, lap valves, using portable tools, etc. they are free to do so at the Horsepower Wars Tech Center. Any machine work done outside the Tech Center must be at market value.
  2. Each team will be responsible for establishing contact with a machine-shop and coordinating the machine work needed. A list will be provided prior to the builds of all regional machine shops in the area.
  3. All third-party labor and/or machine work (performed by third-parties other than the Team) must be paid at market value.
  4. Third-party labor and/or machine work is only permitted to be performed on parts and components of the Vehicle (engine machining, assembly of transmission, etc.) but not the Vehicle itself.
  1. Shop Access
  1. When the Shop is not “open” during build times, Crew is not allowed in the shop area.
  1. Media & Camera Access
  1. All Crew must agree to, sign, and then follow the official Horsepower Wars Media and Camera access and use policy.
  1. Junkyards
  1. Team must notify Official and Production when making a trip to any junkyard. Camera crew(s) and/or Official(s) may accompany Crew to Junk Yards.
  2. Receipts are needed for all junkyard purchases.
  1. Dyno Testing
  1. Up to two (2) seperate (3) hour sessions may be reserved for chassis dyno testing by each Team. These reservations must be placed, first come, first serve, on the fifth day of the Vehicle builds, Monday, July 23.
  2. Vehicle will be inspected for safety for dyno testing by Official.
  1. Parts Hauler
  1. If you desire to rent a Uhaul or Parts Hauler, Official will provide you with up to $200 for the rental. These funds may not be used in other areas, so you must provide a receipt and return of excess funds.
  1. Vehicle Completion
  1. Teams have 10 work days to complete the build, however if the Vehicle is not running, it can be completed on Friday and/or Saturday of the Race. Vehicle must be a “roller” in rolling condition by the end of the actual 10-day Build. This is required for transportation.
  2. Parts may be purchased during the period of time between the 10-day build and the Race, however the same approval process applies to all parts purchases in this time period.

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Rule:

  1. Teams may run out of money during the Build because they have incorrectly calculated their budget or run into unforeseen issues.
  2. Teams may run out of money during the Build because of parts breakage.
  3. Teams may utilize their own funding (up to $1,000) to add to their build budget. However, there is a catastrophic weight penalty incorporated in this rule.
  4. If a team adds $500 to their $10k build budget their Vehicle must add 100 lbs extra to their base weight.
  5. If $1,000 is added …. add 200 lbs to base weight.
  6. All lead weights must be provided by each HP Wars $10K Team, but will be returned to the Teams at the end of the competition. Budget will not be required for lead weight.

Race & Regulations

  1. Team
  1. Only Team members can touch Vehicle or Vehicle components. Only Team members may source parts or work on behalf of the Team. Only Team members may participate in the tuning, optimization and racing of the Vehicle.
  1. Race Location:
  1. The race portion of the Horsepower Wars Shootout shall be conducted at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio during the 2018 Shakedown at Summit event, September 13-16, 2018.
  1. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Rule
  1. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Rule is in place during prep, test and race days. Weight must be added in accordance with the Fresh Prince weight scale.
  1. Prep Day
  1. Friday, September 14, 2018 shall be a “Prep” day for each Team. Each Team may work on, prepare and/or complete any final details on their Vehicle on Friday.
  2. Each Team will be provided a “repair budget” of up to $500 cash that they may utilize through the weekend (in addition to any money saved from the original build).
  3. No test runs permitted on Friday.
  4. Vehicle may not leave the impound area.
  5. Parts may be purchased with the $500 (or any left over cash from the build) at “market value” with similar rules/evaluations by the Horsepower Wars Official as during the build. No parts may be borrowed, traded, or purchased below market value. Official is the final decision maker on all items. Proof of purchase is required.
  1. Qualifying & Racing
  1. Qualifying
  1. Friday - Saturday, September 14- 15.
  1. Each Team may make up to four (4) qualifying passes with their Vehicle; one on Friday, and three on Saturday. The ET and MPH will be shown on the scoreboards and to other competitors.  Vehicle may be worked on in impound area.
  1. Sunday, September 16
  1. Competitors are permitted 1 additional qualifying attempt (#5).
  2. 4-car pro Ladder will be established (#1 races #4, etc.)
  3. Competitors race on .400 Pro tree.
  4. The final race will determine the winner of the Vehicle and the $10,000 cash prize. 
  5. All NHRA competition rules will apply (i.e., staging, red light, etc.)
  1. Breakage: If any of the Teams damages Vehicle beyond repair during qualifying, they will be removed from the ladder, and the #1 qualifier will receive a bye to the final.