Jet fighters in a gymnasium!!!
Spectacular, fast and relatively cheap; the 2.0 Hot Rods offer drivers all of the thrills of hot rod racing without the large financial commitment of National Hot Rods.
2.0 Hot Rods are an incredible sight on the short ovals of the UK as the drivers rely on their skill and guile to slice and dice their way to the front in this non-contact class which can be seen across the UK from Scotland to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to the Midlands and the South of England as well as Holland! With 25 cars often on track at the same time; the 2.0 Hot Rods offer some fantastic close racing action.
2.0 Hot Rods are designed around a space-frame chassis which offers strength and safety for the drivers while being light enough not to affect performance. The majority of cars are based on small hatchbacks such as the Vauxhall Corsa and Citroen Saxo and two engine options are available to drivers including the ubiquitous 2L Pinto and the recently introduced 2L Zetec which helps to reduce the costs to drivers.
The rules for the formula are strictly controlled with the rules on chassis options, power-plants and tyres being controlled to reduce costs and maintain fairness.
Second hand cars range from £5000 to £10000 ready to race. New cars can range from £15000 to £25000 again ready to race. You can also build your own car as per the formula’s rulebook which can be accessed through the various promoters’ websites.
Race it. Unlike circuit racing, 2.0 Hot Rod racing generally sees the stars of the sport start at the rear of the grid; to win they have to make their way through a field of often over twenty cars. It is a non-contact sport and officials monitor the circuit closely and take action against those committing misdemeanours!
There are no entry fees for the race meetings. The licence fee for the year is £70. With a large number of meetings and venues offering 2.0 Hot Rod racing, drivers can choose to race as little or as often as they wish and may choose to broaden their racing experience by participating in events further afield across the UK mainland and Northern Ireland. Championship events for the formula may see only the top seeds from each promotion invited to compete. Running costs are subject to damage but are in the region of £200 per meeting.