Ways to Play (Groups/Classing)
There are two ways to play in Targa. The first is Targa Competition. Competition teams will be placed one of 7 classes, timed, scored and ranked and eligible for end of event awards and all the fame and fortune that comes with a Targa Class win.* The second path is Targa Experience. Experience Teams will do the same events and get the same amount of track time, but without all the hassles and complications of competition. There is a high probability of individual event awards for teams that make an impression on the event officials, positive or negative. It is, however, not recommended that teams strive to excel in the negative impression category.
*Note: There is not actually any fame or fortune that comes with a Targa Class win. This is just for fun, folks, the only way you could get famous doing this is if you screw it up and then share the video… and that could cost you a small fortune.
Non Competition Groups
For teams that just want to experience Targa, but are not interested in all the complexities of competition, there is the Targa Experiential option. Teams who opt for one of the Experiential classes will get as much seat time as the competition drivers and will get to do all the elements.
The Novice Experience is recommended for teams with at least one member who has never driven on track before or teams who would like a little more guidance from the Novice Coach. It should be noted that the Novice Coach will also be available to competition teams who want some pointers along the way.
Intermediate / Advanced:
The Intermediate/Advanced Group will run through the same events as the Novice Experience and the Competition Teams, but without overall scoring or coaching. This is recommended for entrants who have run on track before and want to run “just for fun.”
Targa Competition classes are based upon SCCA Solo Classes. However, as Targa is just for fun, the margins are slightly wider for allowed modifications. That means, if you bring a legally prepped autocross car for the one of the base classes, you’re in that class. However, if you have a car that fundamentally fits in the class, or is underprepared for the class, but has a normally-not-allowed modification, we are going to put you in the class you fit best in. But a warning for those of you who love to try to beat the rules, blatant attempts to loophole your way to victory will be rewarded with a bump to the next class up, so keep it simple and remember- Targa is just for fun.
And if you are not sure what you class should be, just ask.
There are three Street Classes for stock vehicles with minimal mods. The Solo Rules allow for replacement shocks, wheels that are an inch taller or shorter, a sway bar on the front or the rear and cat-back exhaust. Targa will also allow you to run these classes with vehicles that are on stock springs, at stock ride height and weight and make roughly stock horsepower.
Nutshell: Stock V8 Muscle Cars, Fast Sports Cars and Super Sedans
Solo Classes: AS, BS and FS
Examples: Corvette (non-Z06), Mustang, Camaro, M3 (V8),
Nutshell: Stock Quick Sedans, 6 Cylinders and Boosted 4 Bangers
Autocross Classes: DS, GS
Examples: Focus ST, WRX, BMW 3-Series (non-M), Cooper, RSX (type S)
Nutshell: Stock Small Sports Cars and Sedans, mostly 4 Cylinders
Autocross Classes: CS, ES, HS
Examples: Miata, FR-S/BRZ, Civic, Fiesta ST
Touring Classes are for cars with stock drive trains, but modified suspensions, intake and exhaust. These classes are based upon Street Touring Autocross classes with “mild” Street Prepared builds allowed. If it has a stock engine, is at stock weight (give or take) and does not have any radical aerodynamic modifications, it likely is a good fit for one of the Touring Classes.
Nutshell: Quick Sedans and Sports Cars with Light Modifications
Autocross Classes: STR, STX
Examples: NC/ND Miata, S2000, 3 Series, FR-S/BRZ, RX8
Nutshell: Smaller Sedans and Sports Cars with Light Modifications
Autocross Classes: STS, STF
Examples: NA/NB Miata, Civic, Mazda3, RSX, Cooper (
Super Production and Unlimited
Super Production is for seriously fast production cars that have not been modified beyond their original configuration. This is a blending of the fastest cars
Nutshell: Fast Production Cars with Limited Modifications
Autocross Classes: SS, STU, STP
Examples: Z06 Corvette, 911 Turbo/GT3,
Nutshell: If it’s street legal, it’s Unlimited legal
Autocross Classes: SSM, SM
Examples: GT-R, Atom, Heavily modified/Forced Induction/ Motor Swap