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Old 01-26-2017, 10:08 PM   #1
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Just bought a new 2015 Focus ST. It is going to be mainly my daily driver, but a local drag strip is having fun runs coming up. Was going to go and run my new stock ST. Any pointers? Ideas? Things to lookout for? Any advice really.



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What kind of track?

That sounds more like the drags to me, so drag race tips would apply more than ones for a road course.
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Thanks Sailor for point that out. I have edited the post to better reflect the advice.
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For a 'dumb' comment - you might want to turn off traction control.

Remember that the car uses the brakes for torque vectoring & traction control, as well as cutting power if it's REALLY spinning a wheel. It's the lower level intervention that can slow you down, try it both ways at least.

In road circuit use the brakes get hammered by never getting a rest, not only for stopping but for that torque vectoring etc..

Might even end up pulling an ABS fuse to defeat things entirely.
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Having done the drag strip thing in my then new Contour SVT...
Some things..
Cool.. YOU want to go on a cool weather day. NOT on a hot day for best times.

relax.. It is FUN, not a test.

Remember at most sanctioned tracks you MUST wear a long sleeve shirt. Not polyester! T shirt will get you kicked out.

Remember to shift from first a little early... do not hit redline. waste of time and power...

reaction times.. You can practice using your computer.. Google reaction time practice

Do only a few passes.. NOTHING wears out a car, or is more harmful than a drag strip. (unless you count crashing!)


If you have long waits, turn the car off...cooler is better...
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STs run out of steam early with that teensy turbo. Try multiple shift points for best results.

Launch just off idle without bog, then I'd shift at 5k through every gear. Next run maybe try 5500 every gear. If times get worse, try 4500 and see what happens. Get more aggressive with the launch each run until you get the feel down. Launching near max torque without burning the clutch or wheelspin will be a difficult task, but a 1500-2000 rpm launch without burning out will be sufficient to get a near 2.0 second 60'.

You can dial in the best shift point for your car and conditions from there.

Your #1 mod on the first trip out is to work on your driver mod. (aka learn the vehicle)
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Thanks. Did not end up going last night. After thinking about it...a little worried. Since I just bought car, will just enjoy it on the road. Want my ST to last for a long time.
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Thanks. Did not end up going last night. After thinking about it...a little worried. Since I just bought car, will just enjoy it on the road. Want my ST to last for a long time.
You're not going to lower life expectancy of the car by taking it to the track even dozens of times. In fact, you may end up clearing out some carbon and help the valvetrain last longer.

You ****ed out, just admit it. Don't want to look stupid, do you?

Go to the track, you'll have an amazing time, learn to drive your car better, faster, and have some new respect for American V8's if you actually look around and take it all in.
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That's funny that you tell me that it will help. Everyone else I have talked to said it will lessen the longevity of my car. I did not chicken out as you so eloquently said. I plan on going next week, but driving a car hard will put a hurt on on the engine. To say that is doesn't is ignorant and stupid. Thank you for your input, but the post was neither helpful or informative.
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For a 'dumb' comment - you might want to turn off traction control.

Remember that the car uses the brakes for torque vectoring & traction control, as well as cutting power if it's REALLY spinning a wheel. It's the lower level intervention that can slow you down, try it both ways at least.

In road circuit use the brakes get hammered by never getting a rest, not only for stopping but for that torque vectoring etc..

Might even end up pulling an ABS fuse to defeat things entirely.
You can turn off ESC by holding down the button for 5 seconds. You still want ABS to prevent lockup. I'd never pull the fuse.
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