Join Date: Nov 2002
Recent Autocross Experience
Today was the day. I finally got to run the car at an autocross event held by the local SCCA chapter.
It was a great day and learning experience. It started off rough with the serpentine belt getting shredded on the way to the track. The stupid power steering pulley (which has been a problem) ended up walking off the pump mostly and that caused the belt to lose alignment and get shredded. I was able to fix it on the side of the road after a quick trip home to retrieve some parts and a spare belt (dumb luck to have one).
I learned how to drive the car a lot better since I've done so many suspension mods. I've learned that in the mid 40's that I have way too much gearing and power overall to expect to be able to get on the throttle in any of the turns. However, I also learned that the Nexen Nfera tires I bought stick like glue as long as I'm off the throttle. I managed to be faster than all of the modern Mustangs by a couple of seconds (44-45 seconds vs. their 47-48 seconds). The car is an absolute beast for sure though. Unfortunately it's a bit too much of a beast for autocross but it's still some of the most fun you can have on four wheels.
Here's a grainy video of one of the runs:
"When the only tool you have is a hammer, suddenly everything looks like a nail."
"Nothing is foolproof because fools are so ingenious."
Last edited by MaddMartigan; 04-02-2017 at 05:04 AM.