So I finally went out to Autocross my car, and had a great time. Made many
mistakes, and had the car set up all wrong, but now I know what I have to
improve and how to set my car for the next race. Here goes.
Race Map: Started at the bottom, ended up at the top
Me with my buddy going through the slalom
Getting WAY too wide on a turn:
Showing off some body roll:
At the start line:
Basically, I was on near-bald Hankook Ventus RS2 tires, on a semi-wet track (ran 1st heat), and my sways were set full stiff in the front and full soft in the rear. That and lack of autocross experience placed me shamefully. I did 96th of 122 in PAX, losing to a prius (:'() but I placed 5th of 6 in BSP by RAW time which I hear is pretty good. That and I managed not to hit any cones, and improve my time on each run (though I did go off course on 3 of my 4 runs haha).
Here are videos.
Video of the 1st run
Video of the 3rd run (much faster)
Looks like you had fun. That's all that really matters.
This makes me jealous. I can't wait to take out the Z26 and start autoXing the hell out of it. I place generally in the 50s out of about 100-130 cars. Not bad for an old FWD 4-banger (Even though it is supercharged). The better cars are usually V8 RWD cars, AWD cars (EVO, STi, etc) so I'm not ashamed of what I can do. I would AutoX the SS, but it's set up for straight line so....yeah.
Keep practicing, you'll get better eventually. :thumbs: Just remember, it's not worth doing if you're not enjoying it and having fun.
Nice, interesting course/lot layout there.
I participated in my first back in November, it was fun :D
17 or 26 in F, 78 of 102 overall. Went from an 82 to a 75 in 4 runs. No cones or DNFs :laughing:
I hesitated at 0:18 due to a course worker running to the infield...I saw him running and assumed he was in the way before I noticed where he was :laughing:
And 3 wheels! (barely)
Yea, I did manage to improve my times too. I shaved almost 10 seconds off
by my 4th run.
Here are some other people there showing off extreme suspension travel
http://www.ciottiindustries.com/gallery/Autocross/Philly2-8-09/Solo136.jpg< br />
This guy was on slicks...doesn't look like the body wanted to stay on the frame of the car haha
Here are the results for the day
Click on BSP to scoot down to my class. Then scroll down to see times for all participants with PAX adjustment.
Damn, I gotta remember to bring my wife or a friend along next time. I have no pics and no vids of myself auto-Xing.
I'm waiting for summer to maybe get one of those suction cup mounts for my car. For now I want to get my car set up, and improve as a driver. It's kinda sad that when I was doing my work heat, me and the station were laughing about the Prius and I managed to run slower, so I definately need to step my shit up.
Nice. Gotta love SCCA SOLO.
How are you in a lower class than me? They throw me in A because of the SS badge. My car is fat and has what would be considered a drag suspension (stock).
Anyhow, I'm officially calling you out NY'er. No hard feelings, and it wouldn't be until summer, but ya k'now, just something interesting. I'm not good at all, and didn't even get to an AutoX last year. I'm not going to Philly and I doubt you want to come out to Ft Devens Ma., but NY should be somewhere in between.
Haha, you want to drag or solo? I just started so I'm breaking in to it as well, it's pretty different than driving on the street, because most people I am competing against actually know how to drive and have able cars, it's not like what I'm used to, beating ricers on the straight-away then waiting for them, and passing them on the outside of a 2-lane offramp.
Haha, solo for now. I know what my car does in the drags, its a fun day,
but not much competition-wise unless you're running 13.3s. I run them all
day, so if you're running high 12s or 13.5s or slower (I don't recall your
car's setup) its not really any question of who will win; just asking what
your car runs. It will be more fun when I get modded and traction becomes
an issue, but that will be a while. However I have been meaning to check
out Etown which is somewhat out your way, so you never know.
As you said, the skill of these guys is amazing. I got schooled by a minivan, you got schooled by a Prius. At our level what class they put us in doesn't matter (even though it's BS, "A"...c'mon!) a good driver will beat us in any car and a first-timer will get beat by us in any car.
My car should only be doing low-mid 14s and I have traction issues haha. E-town isn't too far from me, but yea if you find a SOLO event somewhere in between me and you, let me know and I may take the drive out.
I'm gonna do a track day with my truck soon and post a video. Hopefully her radiator won't bust again lol :hi:
Oddly enough, a truck autocrossing wasnt the oddest thing I've seen haha.
I meant to say Ranger...this is more odd
Haha damn that's a brand new model too.
nice vid. Like the some people above said it's important you had fun;)
your good ....at least you got a place in your race.congrats....