New here, and we're trying to get a team together for VIR in August. We're looking at building a bit of a frankenstein car, and the swap formula will be a big factor for us. I have read the rules, and read the forums, and i feel like my eyes are about to bleed, but I still am not clear on one thing about the formula. In case it helps, we're swapping a motor and trans into a FWD car to make it a mid engine. We know we'll have $75 in surcharges, but what I need to know is this:
Are we allowed to use car-part.com to offset the "stuff" in? For instance, if the value for the axles, subframe, etc. IN is $100, and the value of those same things OUT is $100, is it a wash? Or do we have to just take the whole hit for the "stuff". I know the rules can't take into account every single situation, but it seems like we'd be getting hammered pretty hard if we can't offset any of that.
As an addendum to that one, if the "stuff" OUT can't be factored in, can the motor/trans swap possibly result in a negative value that could offset some of the "Stuff"? I'm not illiterate, and it looks like there is a new rule in 2014 that makes it so that the main component swap can't be less than zero before moving on to "stuff", but there was a LOT of confusion about it in one of the threads, so I just thought I'd ask. Sorry for such a long first post. Thanks in advance for the help!