3 Foci Hit the 1320 At Lebanon Valley!
Weather was mild, good racing weather. Cooled down to sweathshirt weather in the evening. And even though we were there and ready to race when the track opened at 6 p.m., Murphy's Law was chasing us all night long.
Wind blew out a couple of timing lights - DELAY.
Then someone's car lost a tire and ... yup, took out some more timing lights -
Then the printer in the Time Slip Booth went on the fritz, so everyone had to search for our time slips near the Racing Tower where they all were pinned up onto a corkboard!
(not so much of a delay, but a little irritating)
And they also had to stop to clean up "excess rubber" that had accumulated on the track (this, after only the first round). You guessed it - DELAY.
So all in all, we only ended up getting 3 runs in. Now, onto the time slips ...
Auto0utcast's '03 lightly modded zx3:
focuszxt's turbo '02 silver zx3:
Best run with my '06 ST, my only mod being "Stealth" CAI:
(1/2 tank of gas and the spare still in the trunk - I'm car #345)
And here's my first run, which has to take the trophy for the WORST 60 ft. time in the entire History of Drag Racing (WHEELHOP!):
ROLF! It's been 10 years since I've been to the drags, and I felt like it was my first time there!
But we had lots of fun.[:)]
a 16.1 whats up with that?
a 15.7 was ran in the ST stock.
Cobalt LS vs Focus ST vs Spectra SX vs Mazda3 S vs Corolla XRS
Motor Trend does not rank high with me as a reliable testing journal.
First off, I was experiencing alot of wheelhop, so that limited me to low RPM launches. As a result, my best 60 ft. times were only 2.5 seconds.
Secondly, Car and Driver Magazine (the only one that I really trust) ran a 16.1 @ 86 with an ST.
C&D - 2005 Ford Focus ZX4 ST
And I ran a 16.1 @ 85.7. Pretty damn close if you ask me.
Thirdly, magazines do not test on dragstrips where the measured "roll out" and etc., could be somewhat different.
The Importance of 'Rollout'
And another VERY important facor is that I only had a total of 3 runs with my car. And I was improving with every successive run that I made. It is logical to think that an automotive journal would have made literally DOZENS of launches to find the perfect technique.
So in light of those facts, I could probably have beat C&D's times with maybe a 15.8/15.9 @ 87 mph.
So, are you still surprised?[;)]
I see thats all I was looking for was that you could have done better cause I know you could... you raced Mustang's.
And as I said, I only had 3 runs in.
I got good at racing Mustangs because of the years and years of practice that I had racing them.
With the FWD ST, I have yet to have such practice.
Regardless, it seems that some of that experience did pay off nicely.
I went from a 16.8 on my first run, to a 16.1 on my 3rd (and final) run.
Very cool... lets race!!
Also, if you pull the spare out of the back, it really doesn't help make your car faster. I have ran with mine in and ran with it out and there was absoulutely no difference in time. The only thing it really does is lighten the rear end up a bit raising it so now the nose of the car has a little more weight transfer, hence ever so slightly better traction, but not enough to tell beacause the spare only weighs about 20lbs. I run pretty consistent times back to back at the track and there wasn't a difference.
1/8 10.5-------------------1/8 10.471
And my only mod was the "Stealth" CAI. I believe you had exhaust (as well as a few other goodies) when you made your runs.
So yeah, I guess my past "racing experience" did help. [;)]
And this is how I compared to MightyMouse32287's ST (he had 7 runs):
60' 2.435------------------------60' 2.544
330 6.805-----------------------330 6.88
1/8 10.431----------------------1/8 10.471
MPH 67.04----------------------MPH 68.90
He beat me by 3/100's of a second in the 1/8, and my trap was 1.86 mph higher.
So in light of the above info, I've excceeded all my expectations for just my 3rd run in 10 years (and my 1st time in a FWD car).[:)]
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