Rules require a floor covering? What we used instead of carpets.

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Feb 11, 2024 | Toyota, MR2, Goodyear, Engine swap, MR2 Turbo

One of the things you notice when your car catches on fire is that the stuff you use to put out the fire is capital M messy. We’ve found fire powder in every nook, cranny, crevice and crack in the car while we’ve been working on the engine swap, and every soft piece has received multiple scrubbings and is still …

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theruleslawyer
theruleslawyer New Reader
2/11/24 9:54 a.m.

I wonder how low the bar is? Like could you use spray in bed liner or plastidip?

Msterbee
Msterbee Reader
2/11/24 1:31 p.m.
theruleslawyer said:

I wonder how low the bar is? Like could you use spray in bed liner or plastidip?

Duct Tape? 

L5wolvesf
L5wolvesf Dork
2/11/24 1:34 p.m.
Msterbee said:

Duct Tape? 

Flammable

Ranger50
Ranger50 MegaDork
2/11/24 1:57 p.m.
L5wolvesf said:
Msterbee said:

Duct Tape? 

Flammable

Spray it with a fire retardant liquid film. Lol.

But seriously, I'm looking for "carpet" that is heavily fire retardant without breaking the bank. Rules say I have to have carpet or I'd put a floor mat over some reflective material on the metal floor.

Evander
Evander
2/11/24 2:10 p.m.

In reply to L5wolvesf :

So is foam and carpet 

DocRob
DocRob Reader
2/11/24 2:54 p.m.

In reply to Ranger50 :

McMaster has flame-resistant cotton-canvas "sheets" 36" wide x up to 50'. 36"x10' is ~45 bucks.
 

Search for 8776K13

L5wolvesf
L5wolvesf Dork
2/11/24 3:19 p.m.
Ranger50 said:

But seriously, I'm looking for "carpet" that is heavily fire retardant without breaking the bank. Rules say I have to have carpet or I'd put a floor mat over some reflective material on the metal floor.

What race rules require carpet? For safety interior pieces that are flammable are required to be removed.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Publisher
2/11/24 4:15 p.m.

In reply to L5wolvesf :

IIRC it's a rule in SCCA CAM/XS, and maybe some TT classes. I think the intent is to keep the classes focused on street cars, but in practice it leads to stuff like this. 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
2/11/24 4:43 p.m.
theruleslawyer said:

I wonder how low the bar is? Like could you use spray in bed liner or plastidip?

As one of the guys on the X rules committee, my personal bar is "are you making an effort to keep it from looking like ass?" My bar differs from some of my other committee members, but that's the overall intent. If you can make bedliner look good enough that it doesn't draw negative attention on a quick walk through the paddock, I'll be on your side if you ever get protested.

 

Ranger50
Ranger50 MegaDork
2/11/24 5:06 p.m.
L5wolvesf said:
Ranger50 said:

But seriously, I'm looking for "carpet" that is heavily fire retardant without breaking the bank. Rules say I have to have carpet or I'd put a floor mat over some reflective material on the metal floor.

What race rules require carpet? For safety interior pieces that are flammable are required to be removed.

Typically ones that are slower than 8.50. There is only 4 pts where the cage even crosses where the rules state carpet must be present. It's just like the same rules that state I must have an "OEM" dash... most of the current cars out there racing have fiberglass or CF replicas available.

Now when you start talking about SFI chassis... you can build a multitude of ways. Above floor, below floor, trans tunnel closed or open. If I'm building above floor I'd want to put a solid flat floor in to avoid having problems with bars in the way. Even with below floor it can be advantageous to make that same flat floor. It's why I asked the question, no stock carpet is going to work.

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