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    2014 Mustang GT (Track pack/Recaros)

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  1. 2020 was such a crazy year. Work went nuts first, then Covid hit, managed to keep my oilfield job, then the wife spent 4 months caring for her mom. With Covid and living as a bachelor I went nuts. 28 track days. Most of those instructing too. With lead-follow I ended up with 1582 laps/3456 miles on track in 2020. Needless to say, I'm kinda burnt out, especially with coaching. Did a bunch of free data analysis for friends and others. Lead-follow has its plusses, but its minuses too. Either bored to death turning endless slow laps for novices, or costing myself considerable money with wear and tear for fast inters/advanced. Or some mix in between. Mostly I'm weary of working on the car. 3 sets of fluids changes (oil, trans, diff). 8 pairs of brakes. Rebuilt diff. Swapped springs and sways three times. Shock swap. Flushed brakes twice. Unknown number of bleeds. Paid for new clutch and motor mounts. who knows how many times the wheels have been off and on the car?, etc. So this is probably going to be a make or break year for me. Initial plan is to be much more selective on how much coaching I do, and for who. Too often the ask is too high, so I'm going to dial back the number of events dramatically and make damn sure I get plenty of "me" time. So likely to be a paying customer more. 1) Have more fun. If it means paying for days fine. I'm not going to keep pounding myself to death. 2) Fix some bad habits. I experimented with Hawk brakes and it has messed with my head/confidence and my trailbraking isn't where it needs to be. Kickback has been terrible as I'm an apex curb hopping fool now to straighten the tight stuff. Just need some focused time. 3) Race school. Got to get it done to make move towards W2W goal. 4) 2 or more road trips. Ozark and Hallet for sure. Another crack at COTA if I get to liking my brakes again. 5) Firm up dedicated track car plan. My head is full of options, and void of plans.
  2. Thanks Brad. Good seeing you too. Fronts are non-adjustable unfortunately. I'm gonna have to be better at dragging brake more to the apex.
  3. Track: Eagles Canyon Raceway 2.0 2.7 mile full course CCW - Dec 26,, 2020 Lap Time: 2.11.585 (Aim Solo) Ambient temperature: 51, Sunny, Calm Car: 2014 Mustang GT Estimated weight with driver: 3935 lbs Estimated whp: 365-385 HP Tires: Hankook RS-4s 305/30/19 Decent drive, but really its more about ideal conditions with relatively fresh tires that allow me to drop a full second on PB. Theoretical was a 2:10.2, confirming that 10s are within range. I went back to my old rear spring setup (softer springs and bigger sway), so no more braking wheelhop. Yaye. However, the bigger bar compromises the exit of T5 and T14 with the right rear tire hiked up in the air the torsen goes open. Still battling pad knockback, but straight line tapping insures good pedal in the next corner. On the brakes too early for 3, a bit slow in T6, and washed T11 too wide. I'm feeling like I could do a better job keeping the nose set trailing into T3,T5, T11, and T15. Next step is to get back off the Hawks and reset baseline. As always, a work in progress.
  4. Some claim that its faster for low hp cars to straight line 8-9 but to my way of thinking that just means you overslowed for 8. My pig uses ALL of the exit. Super common for the low HP folks to try and carry too much in 8-9 and early 10 trying too overcompensate for the big straightaway coming up. Biggest thing is to not overcook 9 as the impact of T10 is mega. Exit of 10 can get hairy as you lose that beautiful 6 degrees of camber at the very end. If you are wide at that ppoint, it gets a bit sketch. Or you might be like my friend who had to phone the clubhouse, he went so far off (on member day) that nobody even knew he was out there. Barbed wire fence does not do a car's body right.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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/
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