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chad_p71 06-18-2006 05:21 PM

Today I went to the drag strip for the first time. I have a stock '03 SVT focus. I did 6 runs today, my times improved a little after each race but I still need to work on some things.

I just popped the clutch at around 3500 rpm and ran. I tried to slip the clutch a couple times(around 4000rpm) but Im still not completely sure on how to do it properly and I got poorer times when I tried.
I think another area where I messed up is I kept taking my foot off the gas when I shifted, its a really hard habit to break! Im thinking if I would have kept my foot to the floor I would have shaved off a tenth or two. I shifted at 7100 rmps and kept it in 3rd gear until finish. So here is my time slip. I got 16.173 @ 87.26mph. I still need some improvement, any advice on what parts of my race I should improve would be helpful! Thanks

60': 2.436
330: 6.887
1/8: 10.469
MPH: 68.27
1/4: 16.173
mph: 87.26

Auto0utcast 06-18-2006 07:50 PM

your troubles seem to be in the first half of the 1/4, the et and mph at the 1/4 look about right but it looks to be doggish til the 1/8th. 10.4 @ 68 is struggling to make power down low.

2004SVTAutoXer 06-18-2006 07:53 PM

but thats beacause he has a stock untuned SVTF, you can't make power down low ;(

Get a tune and that will wake up 20 wheel torque from 2000-5000RPM (110-130), makes a world of difference at a drag strip with 60' times

SVT_BMXer 06-18-2006 08:00 PM

Seems the average SVT car with an average driver usually hits low 16's high 15's...but the magazines always show low 15 sec assuming they are using somewhat of professional drivers or whats the deal?

W~Phoenix~{RC} 06-18-2006 08:05 PM

[thumb][thumb] Where is the drag strip you went to? I'd like to see if it's closer to me than the one at Cordova.


chad_p71 06-18-2006 09:26 PM

Auto Outcast do you think my launch could be the problem with the first half? Do you think me letting off the gas a little when I shift would cost me 2 tenths? (I never got a chance to test it)
Hey 04autoxer, how much did your 1/4 time improve with just a tune?

Yeah I think those magazine drivers are definitly proffesionals! But I have decided not to buy in performance parts for my car until I can get my driving half way decent, so when I can get 15.7 in the 1/4th then I will start adding stuff!!! HalfTime(on these forums) says he can get 15.2 in a stock SVT?!?!?! Experience I guess. Or altitiude maybe!

phoenix...YES! I believe the Cedar Falls dragway is about HALF the distance as the Cordova one!(double check if I am wrong) Cedar Falls is right next to Waterloo, probably not as nice as the Cordova strip but it is still a good place to run. I will pm you there website.

How bad is my '60 foot by chance? Thanks for the replys!

firemanfrank 06-18-2006 10:37 PM


Originally posted by SVT_BMXer
Seems the average SVT car with an average driver usually hits low 16's high 15's...
Yup, they do.


... but the magazines always show low 15 sec time...
No, they don't.

R&T - High Desert Showdown
SVT Focus
0-60: 7.4
1/4 mile: 15.6

MT - The Sport Compact A-Team
0-60: 7.4
1/4 mile: 15.7

C&D - The Featherweights: Serial Thrillers
Focus SVT
0-60: 7.7
1/4 mile: 15.9

C&D - Desert Foxes
Focus SVT
0-60: 7.8
1/4 mile: 16.1

nomoreavril 06-18-2006 11:36 PM

i'm guessing location matters, cuz my 04 automatic 2.3 with intake/exhaust ran 10.4 in the 1/8 too

zetecfreak 06-19-2006 12:02 AM

Magazines fib a little. For example. I have seen stock 05 mustangs run 13.5 in completely stock trim. But most magazines list them at only 13.98. So never believe what mags say.

turbovation 06-19-2006 12:11 AM

It takes a good amount of practice I think...not speaking from experience cause I've never been to a track with my car...but I bet if you hit it a few more times you'll get it good!

Are you guys saying that you have to keep your foot to the floor even when you put the clutch in to shift????? I never knew that!

Good luck in the future man....maybe a nice tune to get you a little closer to your powerband would do good shit for you.

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