seeker589 Reader
12/6/22 1:46 p.m.


Yeas -I've been absent for awhile - life happens that way.

I was just messing around with an Inflation Calculator and had a thought.

$2000 in the year 2000 was $2000 - Duh!

$2000 in the year 2022 is valued at $3530.95.

That means y'all are building faster cars for less money. Kudos!



maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UberDork
12/7/22 8:59 a.m.

In reply to seeker589 :

Yes, this is a point often brought up with discussions about changing the rules. On the other hand, tires are now free in the budget, which originally were included in the $2000 budget. Also, the performance/$ value of parts these days is much better than in 2000 - think ebay turbo's, DIY ECU's, off-brand Amazon parts, etc.

darkbuddha HalfDork
12/14/22 3:35 p.m.

Keeping the Challenge cap at $2k is balancing act for sure.  The budget exempt stuff helps (tires, maintenance/emergecy repair stuff, the Burchett rule for brakes, etc.), but there's no doubt that inflation, especially that of used cars in general, and extra especially that of the collector car and vintage/used speed parts markets, continues to make it a proper challenge to pull off.  I expect that the budget cap will eventually need to be raised, but even if raised to $2500 or $3k, the entries will surely still be impressive feats (better, faster, more pristine) for whatever the budget cap is.

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