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    2014 Mustang GT (Track pack/Recaros)

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  1. Good point on tapping brakes in straightaways. I had gotten away from that and I'm definitely into using the apex curbs to straighten out the course. T13, T8, T2 especially. And I can't seem to keep from being too greedy on T1 exit so I'll hit that exit curb some. Doh!
  2. Track: Eagles Canyon Raceway 2.0 2.7 mile full course CW - Oct 25,, 2020 Lap Time: 2.15.126 (Aim Solo) Ambient temperature: 57, Sunny, Calm Car: 2014 Mustang GT Estimated weight with driver: 3935 lbs Estimated whp: 365-385 HP Tires: Hankook RS-4s 305/30/19 (1000-1200 laps) Social Distancing Done Right!!! I got to drive the Eagles Canyon full 2.7 mile course backwards (clockwise) for the first time. Fun stuff to learn new courses. Its such a different animal in the other direction. The elevation changes are more impactful, blind corners and more downhill corner entries are TOUGH! I'm learning where you can go, and where to be slow to go fast. Nearly perfect conditions. 57 degrees, sunny, and no wind. Beautiful day to be at the track. A lot of errors (e.g. fat-footing the accelerator into 15 (1st turn here), some mechanical challenges like a new rear springs and swaybar, wheel hopping while braking into 5 (scary) and the long brake pedal travel inherent with 6-piston Brembos, and struggles with "fortitude". Overall, I'm very pleased with this starting point. As always a work in progress.
  3. 1150 ish laps since repave, and IMHO their description is spot on. Only modest adjustments for car type e.g. all handling no power may tighten up T6, T8-9, and T14. My pig needs to diamond T14 and mega late apex T5 and T14. But can't go wrong with the company line. BTW. Backwards (CW) rocks on the 1.65. T14 entry is TOUGH, but surprising grip once the car settles out after entry. Can't wait to run the full course CW. See you Saturday.
  4. New ECR is not as hard on the brakes as old ECR, which I thought was ridiculous. E.g. as PCA yellow driver I took .160-.180" of REAR brake pads off in one day with my very nose heavy Mustang. Yes, its still hard on brakes, but not nearly like old beast. New 6-7-8-9-10 are fantastic experience and are a big relief for the brakes, but its not a track to take chances or stretch wear. E,g, back straight is nearly as long as COTAs. Good news that its is so easy on the tires. In 2020, I've driven ECR mostly, and my brake bill exceeds my tire bill. Good deal.
  5. Its weight transfer issue. Lift is akin to applying brakes, so weight transfers to the fronts and off of the rears. More grip in front, less in back. Downhill/offcamber and not ideal line (entry is a bit wide/right) is also a contributor. Come out and play! My recommendation is to start with autocross for car control basics at low speed and low consequence.
  6. Track: Eagles Canyon Raceway 2.0 "The Canyon" 1.65 CLOCKWISE - Sep 27, 2020 Lap Time: 1.22.459 (Aim Solo) Ambient temperature: 85 ? Car: 2014 Mustang GT Estimated weight with driver: 3935 lbs Estimated whp: 365-385 HP??? Tires: Hankook RS-4s 305/30/19 Reset my PB 3 times, but only for a total of .3. I'm pleased with progress, but am going to make some suspension changes. Its a challenge to get the power down out of the tight right handers. With 3 of them leading out into the straights its pretty important. Fun course.
  7. Track: Hallett CCW - Sep 20, 2020 Lap Time: 1.29.879 (Aim Solo) Ambient temperature: 80 Sunny, Car: 2014 Mustang GT Estimated weight with driver: 3935 lbs Estimated whp: 365-385 HP??? Tires: Hankook RS-4s 305/30/19 (970 laps/78 heat cycles) First timer @ Hallett, so I was on tilt at first. Fun track, but words cannot express how nuanced the surface is (camber changes, bumps, patches, etc). Its fast too but requires knowledge, practice, and <ahem> large attachments as the walls are close. I was lacking in all categories so it me some time to warm up. Stick axle and older tires didn't exactly add to my confidence but I got a lot of laps to work on it. Theoretical was 1.28.555 (-1.3). For me, that's pretty close for a new track. Lot of charm to this place and great weather resulted in a fantastic weekend. I could certainly drop time with more commitment, but I was wanting to make sure I drove it home as shiny as I brought it. As always a work in progress. https://youtu.be/BQ_bhOu6ODM
  8. Track: Eagles Canyon Raceway 2.0 "The Canyon" 1.65 CLOCKWISE - Sep 7, 2020 Lap Time: 1.22.747 (Aim Solo) Ambient temperature: 80-95, Sunny, Car: 2014 Mustang GT Estimated weight with driver: 3935 lbs Estimated whp: 365-385 HP??? Tires: Hankook RS-4s 305/30/19 First time Clockwise at pace and it did not disappoint. Fast, technical, and thrilling. It will definitely reward or punish you as you get it right or wrong. Here is my (1st session) starting point: https://youtu.be/7ZIPGE2VZ3Q This lap from a later session is better driving, but warmer conditions are considerably worse so lap was just a tick slower (1.22.759). https://youtu.be/32KsIvUJdUQ Its a good starting point for me, but a long laundry list to work on.
  9. For me, its: 1) smartcamber gauge 2) 12" linoleum squares to level the floor on the 4 tire contact spots 3) Strings for toe (I use jackstands) BTW, pay attention to your vehicles track width front and rear and offset as required. 4) newpaper/waxpaper make cycling the steering L/R for caster measurements easier
  10. Welcome to the party. Big D has two wonderful facilities with Eagles Canyon Raceway and Motorsports Ranch - Cresson. Both have calendars on their websites. https://eaglescanyon.com/ https://www.motorsportranch.com/ In a Covid World, ECR and many organizations have switched over to lead-follow teaching method and it works great. Come out and play! Or if you are new to the motorsports game, I'd strongly consider a cheap car control primer with autocross. DFW is loaded with Auto-X organizations Equipe Rapide, SCCA, NTAX, BMWCCA,etc. Jerret Jan keeps a running calendar at: http://dfwautocross.com/
  11. 30 yrs of married life. No belt is ever loose. LOL
  12. I do the same thing, but have to suck my gut in hard to latch lap belt. LOL
  13. Obviously not me, but quickest I've seen posted. Anyone seen anything faster than the 1:09.4 on the last lap?
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