Autocross

Navigate a precision course marked by cones, for the fastest time.

“Solo®” is the brand name for SCCA® Autocross and on paper it seems very simple – use traffic cones to make a mini-roadcourse in a parking lot or airport and see who can get the lowest time without hitting any cones or going off course.

Despite the low overall speeds attained during competition, it’s one of the most intense, rapid-fire forms of motorsports you can enter, with barriers to entry low enough that many drivers are able to be quite competitive at it.

Competitors range from the casual participant who may use the same car that they drive daily to work to the hard-core driver who has a dedicated competition car, special tires, and uses lots of vacation days to squeak out every last fraction of a second. In between the extremes, there are levels and classes for different degrees of car modification. There are even classes for ladies and also a Junior Driver Program for kids in age appropriate karts.

Whatever your level or car – there is a place for you in SCCA Solo.

If you have never autocrossed before or don’t know the specific details, check out the “I want to Autocross” page. It will give you the basics of participating in an event. Don’t worry – it’s pretty easy and there are people to help along the way.

If you have been autocrossing, or want to know more about the different levels within SCCA Solo, keep reading or find out more in-depth information below.

Autocross Levels

This full-day school will teach key concepts that introduce you to autocross and the dynamics of your vehicle in a performance driving setting.  While the focus is on autocross, you will develop performance driving skills while working with professional performance driving instructors. If you are looking to get into  motorsports competition or want to refine your skills, the Tire Rack Starting Line School is your complete motorsports starter kit.

Regional events are hosted by the individual Regions which make up SCCA. These events tend to be small events, and although a few of the larger regions might see 200+ people it’s much more likely to see only a few dozen entries at one of these. You do not need to be an SCCA member to participate in a Regional event (they will make you a temporary member for the weekend) but it does usually mean a discount if you are.

Divisional Events or series are a step up from Regional events and hosted by groups of SCCA® regions. Not every portion of the country has a series, but if yours does, it’s a good way to find a bit tougher competition than Regional events.

The SCCA Championship Tour is a set of events which create conditions similar to those seen at the season-ending SCCA Solo National Championships in Lincoln, NE. Champ Tour events attract some of the highest-level national competitors and local drivers who want to see how they stack up against each other.

The TireRack SCCA Solo Nationals is the largest auto competition for sports cars in the world. More than 1,200 competitors descend on Lincoln, Nebraska each year for a competition which takes a week to complete and crowns a national champion in each class.

Autocross Rules and Regulations

The SCCA Solo Rules have everything you need to know about safety, car classifications, and SCCA autocross.

The Supplemental Rules include NER-specific rules or regulations, applicable to NER events.

Tech Inspection is also a very important part of competition.  Please be certain that the vehicle that you bring for competition meets all of these requirements.

Generally the last event of the year, the Team Challenge is a fun event held after the completion of the regular Solo season. Competitors form teams of 4 drivers to compete in the challenge. Winning the challenge will require all drivers to do as well as possible in their respective classes. 4 first-place finishes is a perfect score, so it’s best not to have drivers all competing in the same class. Team Creators will be the judges for other trophies, and will be introduced at the Drivers’ Meeting.  Click here for the full rules.

The Stirling Moss Championship is conducted at the final points event of the season to determine the NER driver of the year.

“It’s hard to drive at the limit, but it’s harder to know where the limits are.” -Sir Stirling Moss

Autocross Classes

Cars and vehicles are classed in Autocross according to modifications and potential. Each category has a set of allowed modifications and then the cars are divided into classes by ability. After all, it wouldn’t be fair to have an Italian exotic against an economy car.

Super Street and A Street to H Street

Classes in the “Street” Category have the most restrictive rules which keep competitors from feeling the need to make extensive modifications to their cars. “Racing” tire compounds are not allowed and only a few parts and changes are allowed to the car beyond what it had on the showroom floor.

Street Touring Ultra, Roadster, Xtreme, Sport, and “Hot” Hatch

Street Touring classes are the next level up from the Street classes and although they still require true “street” tires, more bolt-on modifications are allowed to make the cars handle better and get through the course quicker.

Super Street Prepared and A Street Prepared to F Street Prepared

This set of classes is where the level of commitment to modifying your vehicle really starts kicking in. Tires must be DOT-approved but sticky “racing”-style competition tires (sometimes called “R-comps”) are allowed. This is the first set of classes where competitors can modify some engine externals (induction, exhaust, etc.) and even swap parts between some trim levels.

Super Street Modified, Street Modified, and Street Modified Front-Wheel-Drive

Want to add a turbo? Do an engine swap? Install a cam? A wing for some aero-grip? This set of classes might grab your interest. Tires must still be DOT-approved but R-Compounds are allowed.