58 MAY 2020 scca.comINSIDE SCCA
Underbody protection is a unique need within SCCA’s motorsports offerings.
Most Solo, SCCA Road Racing, or even
RoadRally cars won’t ever encounter
a hazard during an event that would
necessitate armoring the underside of
the chassis. Meanwhile, even a relatively
smooth RallyCross course can still
pose hazards that can be minimized
through basic preventive measures.
The most common form of underbodyprotection for RallyCross is a skid plate.
A skid plate is generally a flat piece of
metal mounted underneath the engine
that protects the motor and transmission
from debris and impacts. Most skid
plates are made from aluminum, though
there are certainly opportunities to
utilize cheaper, or more exotic materials
depending on your goals and budget.
When designing or selecting a skid
PROTECT THE UNDERSIDE
RallyCross showcases challenges unique to the sport, like the
need for underbody cladding | WORDS Matt Wolfe | IMAGE Josh Sikora