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    2014 Mustang GT (Track pack/Recaros)

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  1. the folks that parallel the edge of the parking rather than nosing into the grass.. Arrgh
  2. Painful truth about the heavyweight's appetite for tires and brakes. Good call to bias your choice to # of laps. Check RS-4s now. Ordered a new set a month or two ago and they were delivered last Monday. Have done 16 days/600 laps with current set and have probably 6+ days left on them. Still resetting PBs too so they haven't slowed down much. I've been getting pretty aggressive about sliding the car around but did have maybe 5 or so rain days too. For comparison was getting 8-10 days out of 615K+ and 12ish days out of 615Ks. 4.5 days out of set of Rival-$ and honestly wasn't driving the car near as hard as I currently am. Ouch.
  3. I would think that TT mentality (hit it and quit it only a few laps per session) has a bunch to do with it.
  4. In. I'm soooo ready to drive. Work and life has been getting in the way of driving season.
  5. Naye. I'm actually feathering the throttle as the stick axle can't get power down in right handers. You can see my speed trace go more vertical when I go full throttle (later, and its also a really good RPM (4100ish) for me to start making power). If I hit the corner REALLY good I just hit rev limiter before radii braking. IF. You stall out and our traces part at what looks like a shift point for you. Line is actually not super critical. Better grip and shorter distance on inside line though. I'm not sure if its best described as a double-apex, or triple if you include the early portion where you skim the RH curbing at the entry coming down the hill. I'd describe it like this. Accelerate hard down the hill (don't coast), Brake late and HARD after car takes some weight / goes uphill, and then I have to trail brake pretty good to rotate the car (note the tapering off of my braking effort). Tuck it in to 1st (2nd?) apex and then let it drift mid track before coming back in for 2nd (3rd?) apex (late). Roll throttle and power out hard to exit on track left curbing at the top of the next hill. Awesome corner to throttle steer since its so long and wide. If you get off line, don't sweat it just make the best of it as its not super critical.
  6. Fact. You can clearly see it on the traces in some corners. He is >200 ft earlier in Toilet bowl (6200+ft vs 6500 ft) example. Would like to see Gs to get a feel for how cars compare. Sam's BRZ can pull between .1 and .15 more Gs as I have a 1200 lb weight penalty, too much of that weight high and on the front tires, and give up some dynamic grip with the solid rear axle. So you see it in the cornering speed, and it takes a surprisingly long straightaway to accelerate back and ultimately go beyond. But ultimately straight line handling FTW.
  7. Great choice for role model. ;) LOL. We are all a work in progress. The 3.1 is amazing on how much time you can move around as you "get it". I'm down nearly 30 seconds from my 1st weekend there and have TONs of opportunity for improvement. Braking comes last for most folks. I'd advise more focus on getting the cornering speeds up as it plays all the way down the exit straights so time comes off in big chunks. For proof, compare with Sam's excellent BRZ data. Just don't run off course as often as Sam. ;)
  8. Damn. Missed all the fun. And I thought this site was dead.
  9. Rob Brad. Sell his house...buy another house with a proper garage/trailer storage....by the C5Z and a truck, trailer....don't look back....thank me later! FIFY
  10. Nice idea. My neighbor used to store his Corvette at storage place. The game he played was 6-month move-in specials that they usually entice people in were way cheaper than full price. He was happy to jump from facility to facility every 6 months as it was no effort to relocate. Eventually found one who he told them about his game and offered to stay if the rate would stay cheap. Worked for him until he moved to the country
  11. Nope. Black S197 (previous platform - stick axle car), just a GT/Track Pack - stock powered coyote motor. Mostly stayed down near clubhouse, but did park in grass a couple of times. Pretty sure they will add Team # to car and to name badges for next event. Red BRZ is Sam Graff (BRZ4Science), and new addition to PCA coaching staff after coaching with other folks. He's a teacher by trade, so coaching is natural fit. Super nice, and really fast. Its embarrassingly close for the hp he's got to work with. Sometimes ;)
  12. You are not thinking clearly. In my mind, if I'm faster by any margin at all then I'm "way faster". Now I can be trailing someone "by only 2-3 seconds" and we are virtually heads up. :)
  13. Yes I'm Joe. Good to meet you Corey. Shouldn't blame yourself, just that obnoxious lumping and bumping fume spewing monster of a Corvette. ;) Pcar guys are generally really good folks. They buy a P car because they love to drive on the twisty's so its been easy to relate. A touch of snobbery of course, but I always had fun with the different approach. Had lots of fun BS sessions with fellow drivers. My favorites when they'd check out the fatass black Ford and shake their head and shake their head about how it gets around the track so well. Fun stuff. You were parked right next to the Bobkid (gray Mcoupe/clowshoe) and Mrs K (blue cayman). Good folks, hopefully you met. And Silvio in the blue 86 (BRZ?) is really fast and now part of the coaching team. Good addition. Maverick Porsche club is justifiably proud of their driving program. Its a really strong in a lot of aspects. I'm super happy that I broke-in with them and can now contribute as a coach.I'm so much better off than if I would have had to fumble my way through. Since you are in yellow, you can access the Advanced Coaches. Take full advantage of that, its really powerful. Facility was packed, but track seemed good to me, even with Green/blue students. Great weekend.
  14. Date: 2/24/19 Car: 2014 Ford Mustang Track name: MotorSport Ranch 3.1 Track location: Cresson, TX Lap time: 2:26.988 (Aim Solo) Estimated total vehicle weight with driver: 3935 With Driver Estimated wheel horsepower: 365-385 Tire size and model: 305/30/18 Hankook RS-4s Estimated ambient temperature: 39 Was cool this weekend so definitely go-fast weather. Reset PB on both days, best being this lap @ a high 2:26. So hard to get a really clean lap on the 3.1. Too many opportunities to miss by a corner here or there. On reviewing data Saturday night, I was kinda pleased that I narrowed the gap to theoretical down to about 1.5 seconds. But on Sunday, I reset theoretical down to 2:24.0. I've got more work to do. :) As always, a work in progress.
  15. Should be OK since you are just a Corvette guy and we know how slow their drivers are. ;) Or maybe you are the exception to the usual jorts/satin jacket/gold chain crowd. But seriously, should somewhat OK in blue-solo as the 3.1 will hold a lot of cars. Blue has a very wide spectrum unfortunately (just out of green folks to almost ready for yellow). Sign up for an Advance Instructor early Saturday (books are on the table in Grid) and/or check ride to yellow. Safety/flags/courtesy and demonstrate consistently pretty lines are what is judged, even with your car handicap. PCA tends to be conservative on promotions, their yellow may or may not line up with other groups you've run with. If you do go yellow, then see if you can buy-in to the bonus time on the 1.3 while the green group is running the 1.7. So much fun, and the # of repetitions you get on that side will help you a bunch on the 3.1. Otherwise the 1.3 side of the 3.1 is tough to learn with only 6-8 laps per session.
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