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#111796 In the market, truck for towing / daily driver

Posted by El_Tortuga on 15 January 2019 - 12:12 PM

I found this one today on FB.

I’m window shopping now but this really has spiked my interest.



This is more akin to my way of thinking.


I too want a truck, but since I'm not baller status I just want the cheapest, roadworthy, decent platform. That I can daily when I don't want to take the 'stang, fish & hunt out of, and haul large stuff from hardware store.   So used 2-door shortbed, shortbox that's easy to park and zip around in traffic makes sense. Would be thinking that if/when I get to trailer status it would be a light / open railed aluminum thing. I.e. spend money on trailer so you don't end up going to BIG truck route to drag a big box around.  

#111768 MSR 1.7 Lap Times

Posted by El_Tortuga on 14 January 2019 - 04:58 PM

Date: 1/12/19
Lap time: 1:24.06 (AIM)
Car: 2001 BMW Mcoupe
Total vehicle weight with driver: ~3200 lbs w/ driver and fuel load of this run
Wheel horsepower: 300WHP AVG
Tires: NT01s, had a lot of trouble getting heat into them with the cool and cloudy day
Estimated ambient temperature: 48 degrees, cloudy, windy.

Take all my prior times that were from HLT and throw them away. Borrowed AIMs from Apex and El-Tortuga during several sessions yesterday and found up to a 3 second per lap timing error for HLT with only the internal GPS. The good thing is, I found I was putting down 3-4 laps in a row within 0.2 seconds of each other when I didn’t have traffic. So while I might suck at driving, I’m at least consistent in my level of suck.

Ordering my own damn AIM from Amazon today.

Ouch. That's got to be a blow to the system to find out times/timer are off. Don't get discouraged though, clean up a few lines  and you will be faster AND not having to drive as hard (i.e. slow down to go faster).  Think you are right about consistency, for the session you ran with my AIM your theoretical is 1:23.2 (-.8 off your time posted). I lowered my theoretical by .2 to 1.21.5, but at 1:.23.674 best lap was 2.1 seconds off of it. Yikes.


We just need a little shoe polish. I'm sold on the value of data analysis, and it dovetails nicely with my OCD tendencies. My development curve got a lot steeper when I got one. I'd be pretty confident that you'll be able to capitalize on it too.

#111746 MSR 1.7 Lap Times

Posted by El_Tortuga on 12 January 2019 - 09:43 PM

Nice job Sam. Very impressive

#111664 SCCA Winter Festival Majors @ Cresson Jan 25-27, 2019

Posted by El_Tortuga on 07 January 2019 - 12:21 PM

I'm not so sure, Joe. I'm up against an STU class Mustang, it appears.  Could be 420HP ( manufacturer rating at the crank)?  SCCA says 2015 to 2017 Mustang in STU, his is a 2014 GT, but maybe it's covered in the catch-all. I'm hoping it's misclassed.  :)

You should fear the Mustangs, especially if you hang around on the sidewalks near car shows. I would have been happy to run STU (and used to for 1 season of autocross), but tire size limit was like 285. Would be most competitive as an STU car on RE-71s but I'm not going that route.

#111524 SCCA Winter Festival Majors @ Cresson Jan 25-27, 2019

Posted by El_Tortuga on 02 January 2019 - 01:01 PM

I think we need to take another look at classing, too, though it's probably too late for this year.  Some of the classes seem a bit too broad in terms of the horsepower spread they encompass, particularly in view of dropping the subclass modifiers. 

You should be sitting OK. STR,STU, STH lumped together.


As a Street Touring Pony, I got tossed to Prepared group last year. Came out in 1st again. :) This year I'm ESP since they did away with STP. Lumped with SSP/ASP/BSP with the Vettes, 911s, and SC Mustangs and Camaros. Not to mention what a prepped BMW could be. Oh well, still better than being thrown into the wild west that is CAM. I'd be 250-400 hp off the pace in that bunch

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#111375 SCCA Winter Festival Majors @ Cresson Jan 25-27, 2019

Posted by El_Tortuga on 26 December 2018 - 01:21 PM

TT on both days for me.

#110596 MSR 1.7 Lap Times

Posted by El_Tortuga on 23 November 2018 - 05:03 PM

Date: 11/19/18
Lap time: 1:22.862 (AIM)
Car: 2014 Mustang GT, daily driver mild
Total vehicle weight with driver: 3950(ish) lbs
Wheel horsepower: 365-385 est
Tire size and model: 305/30/18 Hankook RS-4s
Estimated ambient temperature: 40 degrees, overcast


Started off the day with a flat tire. Doh! Missed the first session and the Doghouse folks put in a plug (for free). So when I got on track in the second Red session it was ideal. I've been flirting with 22s for a while and here we are.Not bad for a stock power daily on softish Konis and lowering springs.  Kinda lost my focus when the 22 hit the timer. You can faintly hear me urging it on. About 1.25 seconds off of theoretical time so more to be had. E.g. better in the rattlesnake twisties, later brake and more trail into Little Bend, later turn-in and a little more speed in Buzzards Neck and Big Bend, etc.


The 305 RS-4s are down a bit of grip vs the 315 Falken K+s but they are still great and are wearing very well. 6-piston Brembos rock. Had a lot of fun in later sessions chasing cars faster than I should have. Well, it was fun until the clutch went pow. The clutch disc spring retainer plate turned one spring loose (the other 3 were cracked too). After quite a bit of confusion (was advised shifter forks) and erratic behavior we put it on a buddies Miata trailer (yikes). Made it to Baca Diesel in Ft Worth by 5PM Monday. Got quick diagnosis and parts ordered that night. They knocked it out in a flash, and it was back together by 2-230 on Tuesday. Trying to accumulate break-in miles before next weeks TT on the 1.3.


As always a work in progress.



Once again, I screwed the GoPro video. Forgot to put the battery back in, so its spliced together dashcam video.



Similar lap (1.23.08) from inside the car later.


#110044 Back to the Track - where to?

Posted by El_Tortuga on 30 October 2018 - 12:28 PM

Brake ducts FTW. My son was in a buddies Gen 5 that jumped the T11 wall at ECR. Pay attention if the pedal ever goes to the floor. He felt like going to too racy of a pad may have helped lead to his demise. I.e. the XP20 (or 24?) could handle the heat but his fluid did not. And don't chase a Z28 and its CF brakes.


Drove his car and was impressed (modified: Bilstein coilovers, race seat, headers, tune, poly bushed rear subframe, etc) on RS-3s. Extremely communicative and BIG torque curve. Very predictable and easy to drive. Love my stick axle Mustang, but his car should have kicked the snot out of me.  Should have. ;)

#109925 Apex on Saturday 10/27

Posted by El_Tortuga on 24 October 2018 - 02:27 PM

As a fellow cheap-ass, I definitely consider my dinky Harbor Freight utility trailer a status upgrade.  See you there!

Having had a bearing lock up on the way home from the track, I'd  say you need these in your life:

Spare tire (duh), it has saved me twice already.


Bearing buddies:



Spare 25 mm bearing and seal



Only good news for me was that I locked up about a mile from a Harbor Freight and was able to get the a blown tire replaced for free. I was also able to pump some grease in and get the bearing loose and rolling enough to limp home (sweating all the way).

#109911 Apex on Saturday 10/27

Posted by El_Tortuga on 24 October 2018 - 10:48 AM

Anyone going?  Weather forecast is looking fantastic.


This will be my first time attending with a tire trailer.  I'm moving up in the world!

I didn't realize tire trailer had status. Who knew? Love my little rig, but really figured I was just too much of a broke ass to afford a dedicated track car/trailer/truck.


I'll be there so we can bring the real estate values down together. Weather looks perfect, but I heard they were still dealing with rivers over the weekend and even Monday. Today's rain won't help that situation but we should have a couple days drying on Thursday-Friday. Fingers crossed.

#109293 Apex Sat Oct 13 1.3

Posted by El_Tortuga on 01 October 2018 - 10:40 AM

I'm planning on being there to instruct, I love the 1.3.

With the limited car count, APEX is a gret choice to run the 1.3. I love the action track.

#109140 PCA on the 3.1 9/22-9/23

Posted by El_Tortuga on 24 September 2018 - 02:12 PM

Interesting, entertaining, frightening, learning, humbling.... all at the same time.

terrifying and thrilling. Learned a lot more about driving that joint in the rain. Also learned how little I know.


Did you ever find that mowing crew that blew all the grass clippings and mud onto your hellcat? ;) Same bunch must have also trashed the front and back and sides of my Mustang. Nothing a good wash job wont take care of.

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#109139 PCA on the 3.1 9/22-9/23

Posted by El_Tortuga on 24 September 2018 - 02:10 PM

Another rainy weekend at MSR. That’s twice in a row now and I’m not getting my speed fix.

last 2 sessions on the 1.3 were drying and nearly dry. After being sideways and slow all weekend on the big track, 3.5 seconds off of PB felt like ludicrous speed.

#108798 ECR improvements - can we get regular updates in here?

Posted by El_Tortuga on 09 September 2018 - 08:52 AM

Lots of folks getting really excited about ECR, got this update yesterday:


Some of the schedule has changed, based on a million data points and priorities we are looking at daily. But we still expect to be up and running by Mid October. 


We are 6-8 weeks away from finishing Phase 1– the reconstruction and repave of the 1.6 Mile, "short loop" with crossover. 


Immediately after (and some in parallel) we will tackle Phase 2– reconstruction and repave of the existing long track. We hope that will be done by November but cannot be sure until we are further into the schedule and can evaluate the impact of weather. We decided to keep the existing track as one of the configurations – because it is possible to do in a shorter timeline. 


Phase 3




is the new back section. We hope to be able to do this in Spring/Summer 2019. With the new phasing logic, it will cause very little interruption to track operations… and allow us to run the existing long and short track in the meantime

Some of the schedule has changed, based on a million data points and priorities we are looking at daily. But we still expect to be up and running by Mid October. 





Got a feeling that new PBs will be all the rage with a repaved version of the existing long track. Sweet scenario to build momentum leading to the new back section and ECR 2.0. And maybe even more track permutations long term? Despite questioning viability of October (sounds like a stretch), but am feeling giddy about where they are heading. Really good stuff

#108748 Apex 3.1 - Saturday 9/8

Posted by El_Tortuga on 06 September 2018 - 11:52 AM

Yeah, it’s just not something she enjoys. She’s a speed freak and doesn’t get that same thrill when the speeds are down.

On the other hand, I love that feeling of driving at the edge and can feed the beast no matter how fast we’re going. My favorite thing is feeling the track change from dry to wet or wet to dry and figuring out how hard I can push it. Steady state can get boring for me and I like having to adapt.

Well their you go, bragging about the wife being a <speed> freak. Well done sir, you have chosen wisely.


I'm a nervous wreck (pun intended) going from dry to wet. Once its constantly wet or dry or whatever and its not really changing I'm OK . At least until its raining hard enough to pool up  badly or you can't see squat. Rain driving is OK by me, teaches soft slow inputs so its fantastic for development. But when its getting worse, I'm not where I want to be. Maybe with more experience I'll be more comfortable.


Going from wet to dry is Fun with a capital F. Confidence inspiring to be gaining grip. I have had some really fun sessions once it goes dry.