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We finally got our local autocross season off the ground (with COVID protocols in place) and got to take the car out. The car proved to be very capable and entertaining, despite me being very rusty (over 6 years removed from competition) and being very unfamiliar with the car in this setting. The temperature peaked around 100*F and I was very grateful for the air conditioning - a big change from my old car.

I have a lot of datalogs to go through once my times get posted to see what's what.
 

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Let us know how you did vs the competition. Autocross is a blast. I used to do it but haven't with the HC yet. Any strategies that you use would be helpful to others that plan on trying this. As I remember, I removed everything from the car that could fly around in the interior and trunk, increased the air pressure in the front tires to minimize understeer, chaulked the tires to guage how much the tires were flexing during cornering and tried to drive as smoothly as possible. Walked the track prior to the event to determine any nuances in the course that could impede times. I noticed what looked like a Toyota MR2 in the lineup. Those cars don't have the HP that some have but are deadly on an autocross track when being piloted by a good driver. Well balanced.
 

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In the series, Don't Panic is a phrase on the cover of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.[4] The novel explains that this was partly because the device "looked insanely complicated" to operate, and partly to keep intergalactic travellers from panicking.[49] "It is said that despite its many glaring (and occasionally fatal) inaccuracies, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy itself has outsold the Encyclopedia Galactica because it is slightly cheaper, and because it has the words 'DON'T PANIC' in large, friendly letters on the cover."[4]

Arthur C. Clarke said Douglas Adams' use of "don't panic" was perhaps the best advice that could be given to humanity.[50]
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Results in my class, D class.

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Fastest time of the day was a first Gen MR2 cut up into a go kart - it did a 49.9. Here are all of the big dogs since people love to compare apples and oranges.

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This was my quickest/smoothest run - but I just nicked a cone transitioning into the stop box. Driving this car is unlike anything I have ever experienced - so much weight over the front axle line - it would seemingly equate to driving a Porsche 911 in reverse as far as balance goes. I am currently running a 6 psi difference front to rear to compensate for the 60/40 weight distribution (36/30). I have been slowly lowering the pressure watching for roll over onto the shoulder... the rears are starting to come around - they are far from under inflated.

Another issue is predicting the car's tendancy to rotate and pivot. Unlike the Buick and Camaros I grew into over most of my "career" the additional 8+ inches of wheel base in this car is taking some getting used to - not to mention that those cars didn't have half the engine forward of the axle centre line.

Last point (excuse?) I will raise is finding a smooth way of applying the throttle. As I discovered earlier the various traction control settings remap the pedal to throttle body - where turning TC completely off creates a better relationship between my foot and the engine. More progressive application of power is ideal - I am happy inducing a controlled slide... and since I have yet to loop the car, I am nowhere near it's limit (grip) or mine (talent).

 

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I was listening to an interesting conversation yesterday about how competitive the club is between classes by comparison to some US clubs (I am sure someone somewhere is taking offense to that subjective observation. Look at how trashy the drivers are in the Optima Challenge). You can see here how the D Class drivers are close to the A Class cars - if I was racing in A Class I would have finished very close to a heavily modified RX7. It is all apples to oranges except where the drivers are concerned.

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The car was run in Track Suspension and Track Steering with the TC turned OFF. I dropped the cold tire pressure to 32/27 F/R - and that stabilized closer to 34/28 once the car got warmed up. We essentially hot lap the cars by run groups - my first session was 4 runs in about 30 mins and second session would have been 3 runs in about 25 mins if not for an oil down. My quickest lap was after lunch - traditionally that has always been the case for me.


The club's photographer is very talented.

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Nice run and Thanks for sharing the video's. I don't know who picked out your number but 747 was an appropriate number for your car (like the jet airplane).

Did you kill any cones?
 

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Nice run and Thanks for sharing the video's. I don't know who picked out your number but 747 was an appropriate number for your car (like the jet airplane).

Did you kill any cones?
No problem, happy to share. I have lots of recorded runs - it is syncing the data from HP Tuners that makes for a fun overlay; it is just a time consuming process. I chose 747 because I was trying to be ironic; I think it is working. ;)

The funny thing is that I have only been averaging a single cone per event (3 events thus far this year) and that is historically low for me... and even stranger considering the size of this car compared to what I used to drive. As my confidence goes up I am sure I'll find myself taking more risks and penalties.
 
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No problem, happy to share. I have lots of recorded runs - it is syncing the data from HP Tuners that makes for a fun overlay; it is just a time consuming process. I chose 747 because I was trying to be ironic; I think it is working. ;)

The funny thing is that I have only been averaging a single cone per event (3 events thus far this year) and that is historically low for me... and even stranger considering the size of this car compared to what I used to drive. As my confidence goes up I am sure I'll find myself taking more risks and penalties.
The HP Tuners overlay is Cool! I think that you did a Great job driving and was just wondering because it's harder than it looks. One cone per event is Fantastic, so props to you for that especially like you said about the size of the car!

I remember when we bought our SRT and got to go to the SRT Driving Experience (Richard Petty one, not Bondurant) and tried a Jeep SRT on the slalom course. My picture was on the cone post office as a serial killer!

I killed more cones than an ice cream shop! :D
 

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Natasha and the girls stopped in briefly on the weekend to watch me risk their inheritance. Fortunately it was pretty uneventful. Regardless, you know you must be doing something right when fans show up to watch you race.

Their commentary is the best.

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Second run of the day:
 

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How old is the girl who was doing the extra narration? She was pretty enthusiastic.
I'm curious. What tires are you using?
 
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