Racecar Profile: Spec Racer Ford (Gen 2)

By Winding Road Staff

July 07, 2014

Photos courtesy of SCCA Enterprises, Hagerman RacEngineering and HSE Racing
With nearly 900 chassis delivered across the country and the relatively low operating costs associated with SRF, it's little surprise that Spec Racer Ford has been one of the most popular classes in the SCCA for nearly three decades.
Spec Racer Ford is a class that champions the idea of "spec" racing. The motors are all built and dyno tuned by SCCA Enterprises, and are then sealed along with the transmissions and shocks.  The sway bars and springs are also set to spec requirements, and each car must run the same Goodyear racing tire. This equates to a very competitive class in which driver skill and car prep are the keys to success, and bigger checkbooks don't really equate to a faster race car. Routine compliance checks also highly discourage anyone from thinking about bending the rules.
The SRF class is also supported by network of Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) located around the country that assist racers in obtaining parts and prepping cars in different regions of the country. The CSRs help to ensure that no one will have to load up and head home for the weekend due to a mechanical failure or accident, and are also a great source for information and advice.
We recently got a chance to chat with Mike Miserendino, a four-time SRF national champion, and he had this to say about the class:
"The thing that keeps me excited about racing my SRF year after year is the racing.  Sure it is a blast to drive, but the wheel to wheel battles are great fun. The competition is so strong and the fields are so tight that in order to win, you must be on the top of your game.  There are a bunch of people that can go fast for a lap or 2, but to do it lap after lap in such a low horsepower car is really a tough task.  This discipline and precision can be carried forward into any form of racing.  Each race car has their own little quirks and nuances, but if you can go fast in a SRF, you can go fast in anything. 
Racecraft is really important also.  Knowing when to ride in the pack, or charge to the front if you can is an underrated skill in my opinion.  There are guys out there that "beat themselves".  The mental side of racing is often overlooked.  To win in SRF you need to out think the competition. Almost like high speed chess sometimes!"
The third generation (Gen 3) SRF will debut for the 2015 race season with a new set of finalized specifications. While it will be faster than the current SRF, with nearly 1000 of the current spec SRFs in circulation, the Gen 2 model SRF will likely continue to be the standard for some time to come.
Let's take a closer look at the specs of the current generation Spec Racer Ford:
Specifications (Gen 2) 

Track: Front: 57.5” Rear: 57.75”
$27,500 ($32,500 assembled) ($12-$18K used, race ready condition)
92 inches
Ford 1.9 Liter fuel-injected SOHC 8-valve Hemi-head 4-cylinder, water cooled, sealed
1670 lbs. (with driver)
Max. Power
105 hp at 5000 rpm
Max. Torque
115 lb-ft  at 4000 rpm
Ford 5-speed manual
Front/rear rocker arm, coil-over shock/spring, lower "A" arm, dual externally adjustable anti-roll bars, sealed shock absorbers
Ventilated & slotted discs, Hawk spec pads, cockpit-adjustable brake bias
Tire: Goodyear Eagle A400 SRF:
Front - 22"x7"x13"; Rear - 22"x7"x13"
Wheels: Front: 13x5.5” Rear: 13x7”
Tubular steel welded frame
Six-point safety harness
Electronic fire extinguisher system
Electronic main switch system


Here's a sample of just how intense SRF racing can get: