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Old 09-10-2014, 10:14 AM   #1
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2015 SCCA Autocross H-Street #93 Campaign (2002 Focus SVT)

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I am planning on running the 2015 autocross season in SCCA H-Street class in my 2002 Focus SVT. I am a couple year member of this forum, and I am on my 4th SVT right now.

I come from a mild racing background (stock cars, road racing, and autocross). Looking to do autocross again next year full time. I live in Central North Carolina and am within 2 hours of some great events all year long against National Champions across the board.

This is one of my previous autocross cars I ran - 1999 Saab 9-3 Turbo:



I ran it in Street Mod, DSP and STX while I had it. Was heavily tuned at one point but was heavy and not a lot of great autocross related aftermarket support was available.

In April of this year, I purchased my 4th Ford Focus SVT. I have owned two 3-door SVT's and two 5-door SVT's. This one is a 2002 two-door SVT, no EAP package, and factory sunroof included. Had 140k miles on it when I bought it and almost completely stock. Only aftermarket part right now is a short ram CAI that will be replaced with a stock SVT airbox and drop in K&N very soon.



Since then I have replaced the following:
- rebuilt most of the upper end of the motor to stock specs, adjusting valves, etc
- timing belt, water pump, thermostat, radiator hoses, etc
- clutch slave cylinder
- new fan, and stock heat shield
- IRMC
- new starter and battery
- new front end links
- new stock focus svt struts

Right around 145k miles now, but getting very reliable and continuing to replace most worn OEM parts with new Motorcraft ones. I have a lot left to get it ready before the season starts in late February or early March.

I am going to use this forum as a way to record my progress, event results, get help with prep, etc. I will write a few posts this weeks discussing plans, mods, etc. Please subscribe for some great content and SVT autocross technical talk!

Thanks!
Jr.



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I thought that the SVT was defaulted into STF per the 2014 SCCA rules.

http://scca.cdn.racersites.com/prod/...nd%20links.pdf

Also, why not replace struts with Konis?
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Wheels

So, this post is all about wheels. H-Street rules state the following:
- Any wheel type as long as its the same width as stock and within +or- 1/4" (+or- 6.35mm) offset.
- Wheel diameter may be decreased or increased 1" from the stock diameter.

Thanks to JustinT, it looks like a good wheel size to run is going to be 16x7. Rota makes a Slipstream wheel in a 16x7 size thats 4x108 bolt pattern with an offset of 45mm. The wheel will have a slightly more aggressive offset by 4mm over the stock 49mm wheel and the 16" versus the stock 17" will help shred some weight over the stock wheels. The 16x7 Rota Slipstreams are only 14lbs! That will drop 7lbs of rotational mass with regards to the stock 21lb wheels!


Tires will definitely be lighter in 16" sizes, but width, height, and brand are all yet to be picked out due to a switch to 200 tread-wear tires from 140 treadwear. I am a huge fan of the Hankook RS-3, and their SCCA Nationals Tour Contingency program, but ultimately the fastest tire will get my purchase.
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I thought that the SVT was defaulted into STF per the 2014 SCCA rules.

http://scca.cdn.racersites.com/prod/...nd%20links.pdf

Also, why not replace struts with Konis?
All Ford Focus models except for the new Focus ST (Turbo) are classed in H-Street currently. The Focus ST (Turbo) is classed in G-Street and won the 2014 SCCA Solo Nationals in that class last week.

I plan on running re-valved Koni Yellows next year and brand new SVT springs. Just have not purchased them yet.
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All Ford Focus models except for the new Focus ST (Turbo) are classed in H-Street currently. The Focus ST (Turbo) is classed in G-Street and won the 2014 SCCA Solo Nationals in that class last week.

I plan on running re-valved Koni Yellows next year and brand new SVT springs. Just have not purchased them yet.
If you don't mind, can you show me where you see the rules for any non-ST to run in HS? I'm interested
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Page 174 of Solo Rule Book. It has been pointed out that Focus ST goes to G-Street and all other Foci go to H-Street.
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Should be a fun car. I've always thought a well-built, well-driven SVT could be competitive in HS. Especially with the +/- 1" wheel rule, and the newer (within the past few years) swaybar allowances.

Struts, wheels, tires, cat-back exhaust, swaybars, alignment... and a whole lot of testing. The swaybar testing could be interesting. You could try stock front bar with a big rear bar, which would likely work pretty well. However, I'd be really curious to see what happens if you leave the stock rear bar, and disconnect the front bar. It's something I had planned to try with my old HS Scion TC, but never got around to testing. The purpose is really just to help put power down.
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Should be a fun car. I've always thought a well-built, well-driven SVT could be competitive in HS. Especially with the +/- 1" wheel rule, and the newer (within the past few years) swaybar allowances.

Struts, wheels, tires, cat-back exhaust, swaybars, alignment... and a whole lot of testing. The swaybar testing could be interesting. You could try stock front bar with a big rear bar, which would likely work pretty well. However, I'd be really curious to see what happens if you leave the stock rear bar, and disconnect the front bar. It's something I had planned to try with my old HS Scion TC, but never got around to testing. The purpose is really just to help put power down.
I hope so man. It definitely will not be a crazy expensive build thankfully. Just trying to beat those Mini's will be the goal. They are a little lighter, but less powerful. Most are running 15" wheels I think.

Do you think the SVT Koni Yellows will need to be re-valved for using street tires or no?
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I hope so man. It definitely will not be a crazy expensive build thankfully. Just trying to beat those Mini's will be the goal. They are a little lighter, but less powerful. Most are running 15" wheels I think.

Do you think the SVT Koni Yellows will need to be re-valved for using street tires or no?
Re-valving for more low-speed compression would help, but they're already pretty good with standard valving.
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H-Street Focus Clarification

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If you don't mind, can you show me where you see the rules for any non-ST to run in HS? I'm interested
Got a little more clarification for you. I reached out to Doug Gill, SCCA Solo Technical Manager, about the H-Street classification of the Focus SVT and all Ford Focus models except the new turbo Focus ST (2013-up). He sent me the following email:

"Hi,

There’s an error in the Focus listing. Instead of:
H Street (HS)
Ford
Focus (non-ST) (2013-14)

It should have read:
H Street (HS)
Ford
Focus (non-ST 2013-14)

The HS listing actually includes all Focus models except the 2013-14 ST (there was a 2005-07 Focus ST). There was a correction in the May 2014 Fastrack News (page 8).

Hope this helps."


Here is the insert from the Street section of the May Fastrack where it notes the clarification:



So the Focus SVT is indeed a legal H-Street car for 2015 and can hopefully be a contender against the Mini Coopers!
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