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05-16-2012 08:40 AM
STS-focus I am loving running in STF this year! hope someone can bring one those Mazda2's to a Chicago or Milwaukee Region SCCA event because sadly I wont be able to run nationals this year, but 2013 I plan to come strong to as many tours as I can. I had a blast at the Championships in Lincoln last year in a borrowed FSP 2.3 Focus (my second time on Hoosiers and driving that car and wasnt DFL)

And to the original post question, I run B'stone RE11's in a 205/45r16 but I am planning on going with the 225/50r16 Star Specs for next year. they seem to take a split second longer to bite, but when they do, seem to bite better than the RE11's i.m.h.o.
05-06-2012 06:01 PM
mellephants Posted video in video thread


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Ran on some 205/45/16 A6's in FSP with open diff. Had major problems putting power down, but otherwise a fun day. I really need that Torsen ASAP. Run starts at 0:30

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Results: 1st in class, 18th pax, 22nd raw, out of 72 entries

Scholarship Autocross: Cone Revenge

05/05/2012 Final Results
05/05/2012 PAX Results
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05-02-2012 01:22 PM
GodLovesUgly True, but you can a lot more fun with A6's!
Grip it and rip it.
05-02-2012 11:11 AM
mellephants
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Haha, no I will be keeping the Torsen for next year.... at least I wish to bring home some honors in STF before switching class. Hope you do well in FSP, any major mods moving you from HS to SP?
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Car details other than being a wheel and tire whore:
H&R race
Koni yellows
OE SVT swaybars with poly/upgraded hardware/heim adjusters up front
All suspension bushings and motor mounts are polyurethane
2.5" Thunderbolt HFC welded into an ORP
2.5" mandrel bent exhaust
SRI for that sound
wideband, pyrometer
custom tune using SCT PRP
cheap racing seats, custom brackets
custom dents, scratches, cracks, zipties
So the springs, HFC, SRI, and tune are the big ones... and while I can still play in STF sometimes, I can't play there when I'm running A6's ...

05-02-2012 12:57 AM
eliaslincoln
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I must admit I'm quite surprised to see a lot of people getting ready with Mazda 2's right now. But how do you shave 200 lbs from the 2250 lbs on one of these while staying within STF's regulations??

I guess I should drive one to understand how it could become better than a base Mini. With a slightly longer wheelbase, similar track width and probably higher CG, but tipping the scales 250 lbs under the Cooper, I see both cars at the same level.

I guess they will be the cars to beat on tight courses. But on some of our faster configurations that we get here for half the events, where the SVT can stay in top of 2nd for a great portion of the run, I see those 2 sub-compacts lacking power to come out on top.
they are finding the 200lbs in the wheels, seats, battery, and stock exhaust, ect.

thats about 150lbs right there.
05-01-2012 09:30 PM
2000blackzx3
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i think the svtf is going to be strong in stf but i think the car to beat (sadly) is the mazda 2.

i know sounds laughable but a fully prep'ed one is going to barley weight 2030lbs.

i know your thinking "who would run one of these?" and there is a fully prep'd one running in stf already on the national level.

i have the luck of racng against him at the end of may at the ProSolo in Lincoln. I'll let you know who it goes.

ill be modding some things in the next month to try and drop some weight out of my focus (battery, seats, ect.) and see how i will compete with him.

hopefully my race coilovers will show up in time too.
I must admit I'm quite surprised to see a lot of people getting ready with Mazda 2's right now. But how do you shave 200 lbs from the 2250 lbs on one of these while staying within STF's regulations??

I guess I should drive one to understand how it could become better than a base Mini. With a slightly longer wheelbase, similar track width and probably higher CG, but tipping the scales 250 lbs under the Cooper, I see both cars at the same level.

I guess they will be the cars to beat on tight courses. But on some of our faster configurations that we get here for half the events, where the SVT can stay in top of 2nd for a great portion of the run, I see those 2 sub-compacts lacking power to come out on top.
05-01-2012 08:59 AM
GodLovesUgly I agree the Mazda 2 will be at the top of the list, but i still think someone should explore fully prepped STF SVT. If i hadn't sold all my stocker parts i would have given it a go.
05-01-2012 12:53 AM
eliaslincoln
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Originally Posted by 2000blackzx3 View Post
I have been auto-x'ing my SVT Focus for my first complete year in summer 2011. I was in ST class, with the basic mods to bring the car to a really competitive level. Mainly coilovers, some camber, sway bars, a tune, and good rubber (which i did not really have). I was really surprised at the car's potential, clinching the rookie of the year title by one little point at the very last event, and 6th overall in Street Touring class, behind 2 MRS and some JCW's/Coopers S's. I had bought a very used set, nearly bald, of 225/50/16 Star Specs for the last 2 events (16x7 wheels), I was previously running the same tires, with more thread, in 205/50/16, mounted on not-so-wide oem Ford 16s.... In the last event, which was a fast course, I was running head to head with modded Cooper S's and even some JCW's, depending on drivers who didn't manage clean runs...

That new STF class is a real gift to us SVT owners. If I apply this slow index to my 2011 times, it brings them to class-winning territory for all of the events, and fastest PAX of the day is within reach.

In my opinion, any well-prepared SVTF will be a contender. It is probably the car to beat in STF, along with Mini's, but having battled with S's all year long, I don't believe a base Mini is a real threat to SVTs. Maybe on slower courses.

With 225 RS3's and new Koni inserts in front for 2012, I am full of hope...

Only downside is... I had a Torsen LSD on a shelf ready to install, planning to move to STX, sadly it will stay there :)

i think the svtf is going to be strong in stf but i think the car to beat (sadly) is the mazda 2.

i know sounds laughable but a fully prep'ed one is going to barley weight 2030lbs.

i know your thinking "who would run one of these?" and there is a fully prep'd one running in stf already on the national level.

i have the luck of racng against him at the end of may at the ProSolo in Lincoln. I'll let you know who it goes.

ill be modding some things in the next month to try and drop some weight out of my focus (battery, seats, ect.) and see how i will compete with him.

hopefully my race coilovers will show up in time too.
04-30-2012 06:57 PM
2000blackzx3
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Originally Posted by mellephants View Post
Interesting. I agree with you about the SVTF in STF. I think that it will be extremely competitive without too much work at all. However, I already bought 8 half-used hoosier a6's in 205/45/16 to run on wimpy 16x6's, so I'll be in FSP for a bit. Probably all of 2012.

Wanna sell me that Torsen? ;)
Haha, no I will be keeping the Torsen for next year.... at least I wish to bring home some honors in STF before switching class. Hope you do well in FSP, any major mods moving you from HS to SP?
04-30-2012 12:43 AM
mellephants
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Originally Posted by 2000blackzx3 View Post
I have been auto-x'ing my SVT Focus for my first complete year in summer 2011. I was in ST class, with the basic mods to bring the car to a really competitive level. Mainly coilovers, some camber, sway bars, a tune, and good rubber (which i did not really have). I was really surprised at the car's potential, clinching the rookie of the year title by one little point at the very last event, and 6th overall in Street Touring class, behind 2 MRS and some JCW's/Coopers S's. I had bought a very used set, nearly bald, of 225/50/16 Star Specs for the last 2 events (16x7 wheels), I was previously running the same tires, with more thread, in 205/50/16, mounted on not-so-wide oem Ford 16s.... In the last event, which was a fast course, I was running head to head with modded Cooper S's and even some JCW's, depending on drivers who didn't manage clean runs...

That new STF class is a real gift to us SVT owners. If I apply this slow index to my 2011 times, it brings them to class-winning territory for all of the events, and fastest PAX of the day is within reach.

In my opinion, any well-prepared SVTF will be a contender. It is probably the car to beat in STF, along with Mini's, but having battled with S's all year long, I don't believe a base Mini is a real threat to SVTs. Maybe on slower courses.

With 225 RS3's and new Koni inserts in front for 2012, I am full of hope...

Only downside is... I had a Torsen LSD on a shelf ready to install, planning to move to STX, sadly it will stay there :)

Interesting. I agree with you about the SVTF in STF. I think that it will be extremely competitive without too much work at all. However, I already bought 8 half-used hoosier a6's in 205/45/16 to run on wimpy 16x6's, so I'll be in FSP for a bit. Probably all of 2012.

Wanna sell me that Torsen? ;)
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