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04-27-2013 09:35 AM
darossi3 These are times from my FIRST ever autocross race. This is my ZX3 with eibach sportline suspension, tune, michelin supersports, intake/exhaust/headers. Im not sure how hard the 911 and lotus guys were pushing, but the times are pretty close. The BMW M3 and S2000 where seriously heavily modified.

As you can see my times were getting quicker and quicker and im confident i could have been in the 44's or even 43's with alot of practice. I was still learning the course/car. The instructor drove me around at 80%(he said) with me in the car (an extra 200 pounds) and got a 45.5 time to put it in perspective. One thing that made my day was him telling me that Foci are some of his favorite cars to drive.. he was all smiles while going around and even said mid corner "man these things are so much fun!". haha. Ok my rant is over :)
04-26-2013 08:26 AM
Originally Posted by MacDubois View Post
2: 2005 D23 ZX3 (2005 because it's easier to get decent off-the-shelf suspension easier than the 06+)
There is no D23 ZX3 from '05, unless you are talking engine swaps. Starting in 05, only the ST sedans came with the D23 (05-07.) The 03-04 ZX3's with D23 and manual transmissions are pretty rare.
04-26-2013 01:26 AM
Paladin i like the idea of the 08 coupe. and for even more grunt you could find the ford racing 4.06 final drive. the diff in the mtx 75 could be interchanged for different ratios dependent on engine . (iirc there are about 3 or 4 factory gearsets, and last i remember this wasnt too hard to do) you sir have my wheels turning, which is a bad thing...
01-04-2013 08:56 PM
misfire An SVT focus made it onto page 124 of this months muscle mustangs and fast fords.

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12-13-2012 07:26 PM
MacDubois Andy Hollis was the 2012 solo national champion in STF. I haven't seriously autocrossed in 4 years (about the time I met my wife). He is the least of my worries. Also, not in my region, so I'm not too worried. Also, I'd bet he jumped on the 2 for the contingency money as much as the performance.

When I get back into autocross (hopefully this season?), it'll be in my SES coupe. I agree with you on the tune though. Drive-by-wire not my favorite.
12-13-2012 07:12 PM
tukaniSVT Oh ... and I found the photo I took of his car.

12-13-2012 07:10 PM
tukaniSVT lol at your last statement. No worries, that's why we are on the forum to either learn more information or to help others not in the know.

So, you are trying to beat out a really decked out Mazda2 ... we have a real great driver in our division here in Houston, TX ... well actually 2. One drives a very very heavily modified Mazda2 and the other guy a Mini. And I drive my SVT Focus. To tell you the truth, we are all leap frogging each other each month. This year I took them out more than they me, so for the year, I won on the points.

Though the Mazda2 is much lighter than the focus, our power and weight distribution help lots. I haven't weighed my SVTF in a while, but I know I am around the 2700 marker.

If you go with the 08, make sure you get a tune. The last person in our group drove an 08 at AutoX and the tune just killed him, not exactly sure why, but when I drove his car for one of the runs, it just didn't pick up as well as my SVT.

To tell you the truth, it's all about the driver. There is a very fast lady in H-Stock that is beating out of the competition in her VW Rabbit. Very quick. And not very far from us in STF, with out racetires (which they can use in Stock class). She is on Direzzas.

12-13-2012 06:55 PM
MacDubois I have been thinking about this for a while. Well, ever since STF was announced. I think my choices would be:

1: 2008 Focus S coupe
2: 2005 D23 ZX3 (2005 because it's easier to get decent off-the-shelf suspension easier than the 06+)
3: Early ZX3 (even lighter than the coupe, but not by enough to overcome the disadvantages IMO)
4: SVT Focus (I don't know any MY differences, so whichever low option model you can find)

Why the S Coupe?

The S coupe was dropped after 2008, the SE and SES models had options, which add weight. I'm guessing the steering wheel buttons, spoiler and the SES fogs are probably more than 30lbs, and the sync system is probably heavier than no sync.

The coupes were the one of the lightest Focii. 2008 coupe (2588lbs), 2005 D20 ZX3 2654lbs (D23s are heavier), SVT Focus 2750lbs. And I'm guessing that the coupes have more to lose in STF trim too. I'm betting those airbag seats are heavy.

They also have aluminum brake calipers for slightly less unsprung weight.

And they have the stiffest chassis; Ford added a dash bar.

So, 100+lbs lighter, stiffer chassis, lighter brakes and the same 3.82 gears as the 2.3 ZX3s. I think that outweighs a 9hp and 18lb*ft deficit.

Would a fully prepped Focus be enough to beat Andy Hollis in his 2100lb (prepped weight) Mazda 2 of doom? I think on a bumpy-ish, open, not-slalom-heavy course, you could have a chance.

Disclaimer I'm neither and autocross expert nor a Focus guru, so if any of this information is inaccurate, that sucks.
12-08-2012 12:49 AM
jinstall I have run succesfully for years a stock engine 2001 ZX3 for auto-x. Lots of trophies for this car. Mind you it puts down 109whp on the dyno.
12-07-2012 03:07 PM
SVTisRight4me get a svt. great autoX cars. already very upgraded
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