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  1. Well there's an idea I'll be stealing...not that I have that many cordless tools, but I definitely haven't figured a good place to store them. Putting them on a shelf in a cabinet just doesn't rub me the right way.
  2. 5 minutes? That's a pretty shitty pit stop time right there...
  3. The potentially-wasted space caused by those wall girts definitely annoys my OCD. I've just finished up building a Big Ass Shelving Unit in our hangar, and one of the reasons I built it custom instead of just buying pallet racks was so I could butt the shelves right against the wall, rather than having that 8" gap. Previously there were some short prefab steel shelves in this spot, short enough to go under the girt, but that annoyed me even more due to the wasted vertical space. This gives me at least twice as much storage, which matters since we don't have an attic for rarely-used stuff.
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    You joke, but a friend of mine actually did that one time:
  5. ^ Same. I've run both MPSS and RE71Rs in Texas "winter" with no issues, back when the 335 was still on DD duty.
  6. NICE I'm of the opinion that shop lighting is like horsepower: the amount you need will always be about 110% of the current value.
  7. Bolt: "challenge accepted" I was working on my plane a while back, removing some control surfaces. Among the fasteners was a bolt that also had two carefully-hand-fitted spacers on it. When I removed the bolt, I marked each spacer, put them back on the bolt, and added the washer and nut to hold it all together. Then went back to the other series of bolts. It could not have been more than 15 minutes later that I went to collect that bolt with its spacers to group with the other bolts for storage. I couldn't find it. Searched all the workbenches multiple times, looked under everything, moved shit around, shined a flashlight everywhere...I never found it. It didn't even show up after I bought a replacement and made up two new spacers, so it must be really and truly gone.
  8. I don't have a lot to add here, other than being interested in the answers as well. On the topic of gut check, I suspect I can take it flat out, I just haven't grown the necessary balls yet. I've never braked there, but have definitely been a serial lifter. I've been working on making those lifts smaller and smaller.
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    Your co-driver definitely didn't seem to have any problems with the throttle. Pretty sure I have some solid footage of him drifting the hell out of that thing under power right after passing me on more than one occasion. And 1:40s certainly sounds reasonable given the insane speed differential, he was cooking.
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    Was that Mark who spun it in gut check on the out lap? That was fun to watch. 😛
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    I forgot to mention this to you yesterday, but have you generally being doing any trail braking? I was watching you from up on the deck one session and noticed your brake lights were off before turning into S&S. That corner, for me, practically begs for a ton of trail braking. And it might really benefit you given the braking performance issues we were talking about.
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    Hm, this actually goes to a pretty solid point about the line there. All weekend I was struggling with hustling the car through the pre-keyhole left. I quit braking for that turn a while ago, after I got used to having the car moving around there, but this weekend I was carrying enough speed into there that the magnitude of "moving around" started to move towards "one of these days I'm not quite going to collect the car in time." I even wussed out and brush-braked a few times there. Anyway, towards the end of the weekend my launch line had me nearly clipping the first bit of curbing (before the little access road) and then hugging the second, but that points me more towards the apex of the left. Going for a more rightward positioning before turning left could give me a little more leeway to carry more speed through that left. Now I just have to remember this when I run CW again, which will probably be in about six months.
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    The interesting thing about S&S is that I inadvertently tried two different lines in the two laps in the video. for #1, the fast lap, I braked slightly earlier and took a tighter line at the first apex. For #2, I was a hair later and, as a result, a hair wider. #2, with the wider apex, I carried a lot more speed on the entry, and picked up about .3s. But the #1 lap ended up being more slow in/fast out, and I got back to full throttle earlier. The end result was that by the time I hit the launch, both laps were almost even on time, with the #1 being just about .05s ahead. I think the video may be a bit deceptive here - one thing I was actively working on this weekend was focusing my S&S line on that track-out point, basically working the entire corner so that I was pointed nicely into gut check and back to full throttle ASAP. I've been displacing the first apex for a while, but usually trying to hit the second one. This weekend, I made the track-out the priority, even if it meant displacing the second apex as well. As for the launch, well, I've honestly never found a line there that I thought was really "right." I used to point the car at track left at the base of the hill for braking, and then crest it pretty far left. This weekend I was aiming more for track left at the crest, and then starting the turn as I went up the hill. Towards the end of the weekend I gradually kept pulling that line further and further right. Comparing data from earlier runs, I don't seem to be losing any time there with the more-right line, though I also note that I was braking a lot harder for my reference lap. What I probably need to do is try out the different lines in the same session, where I'd expect that my comfort level with braking points and car movement is more consistent, and the effect of the different lines might be easier to isolate. Overall, I think this PB comes down less to fine-tuning lines and more to me just driving the piss out of the car and being more comfortable with it moving around some in the turns. (prime example - the left just after launch and before keyhole; boy howdy was I getting some wicked four-wheel drifts through there this weekend)
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    Date: 11-17-2019 CW lap time: 1:49.588 Car: 335i Est weight: 3500ish Est WHP: 400ish Tires: 245/40R17 RE71Rs, brand-new Temperature: around 70 Notes: Super happy to have gotten down into the 1:40s. Said happiness is readily apparent in the video when I see the lap time. I'd been shooting to get below 1:50 all weekend. I guess I just needed a big red Corvette-shaped carrot to get there... Was also happy that I followed it with another 49, just a tenth slower.
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