Could that same shitbox comfortably transport a family of 5, plus their luggage, from Florida to Austin in the summer? Please don't compare a hobbled together track car to a new, high performance sedan. And no, with what cars and parts cost today, you could NOT build 5 9 second cars for the cost of a Plaid. And you may have Asperger's.I can fly from Florida to Austin, TX in about 2-3 hours. But, it is so much more fun road tripping it in a hot rod. I can cook a steak in the microwave, but it's better on the grill. A $150k car that runs 9s is a terrible value. We've been building 8-9 second Fox Mustangs for 20 years that didn't cost $20,000 to build. Stock is all well and good, but as you say, the first to the stripe wins. For the cost of a new yuppie Plaid, I can build 5 shade tree specials that will beat it. And I don't even have Asperger's Syndrome.