So here is my deal. I have a bone stock 2000 Trans Am (Auto trans). My brother has a 71 Corvette. While I have no interest in drag racing, I would like to do some track events (road racing, lap days, HPDE, etc.) I have four main goals:
1) Compete evenly or have an edge with my brother in track events.
2) CA Smog Legal
3) Daily driver
4) I am a value guy. I don't buy cheap stuff. I dont buy the best you can buy. As an example if I am buying an AMD CPU right now...I would buy Opteron 2.4 Ghz for $900 ($375/Ghz). I would find it hard to justify $1,150 for a 2.6 Ghz ($250 for .2 Ghz more). There is NO WAY I am spending $1,600 for a 2.8 Ghz ($700 for .4 Ghz more). Its not that I cant afford it, I just can't justify it...
Information on my brother's car:
Moderate 454 (Edelbrock Performer RPM heads, aggressive cam)- not dyno'd but I am guessing mid to high 500's in flywheel torque and power.
Complete Vette Brakes Suspension kit: http://www.vbandp.com/detail.aspx?ID=474
Car has all non-essential items like AC removed.
Performance built 700R4 Tranny
Minor mods to brakes (maybe upgraded pistons, but stock calipers)
Don't know what wheels/tires he will be going with.
So lets talk suspension. Obviously smog doesnt matter. In Southern CA, the roads are way better than back east, so you can run a stiff suspension without ruining your kidneys. The car is my daily driver, but that consists of about 20-40 minutes each way with 50% of the time and 80% of the distance as freeway.
From reading here it looks like Koni 4/4, Strano Springs, PHB, 35mm/22mm sway bars. How will it compare? Do I need to do more? if so, what?
I know rubber will be important too. I have a set of 17x9 front and 17x11 rear ZR1 clones with the Grand Sport offset collecting dust in my garage as well as the stock wheels on the car. From what I read, these will fit but isnt it better to have the same width on all 4 corners? If I get another set of 17x11 for the front, will they fit? The other issue is using the tires that I drive there with...probably not the best choice. Should I get a 2nd set of wheels with tires just for racing? if so, what size and what are the cheapst wheels if appearance does not matter (used only at track)?
For brakes, will C5 rotors with adapers be enough?
Will rear mounted turbo vs super charger make enough of a difference to warrent changes to any parts?
Anything else I should be considereing?