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chriskobi 07-12-2011 01:35 PM

Focus at the track, lacking power
So I went to the racing school again and it went well there was even 2 svt's there. One had a turbo but unfortunately he had some turbo issues, I think he was only running 6 lbs of boost and I believe he had a coolant leak somewhere. Also there was a supercharged svt there for lapping days. Both nice guys. Was happy to meet some fellow Focusers.

Anyway for any of you who have done circuit or lapping days how did you fair on a NA Focus? I have no real engine mods, just CAI and more exhaust flow.
I was only able to hit around 90 on the straight away if I got out of the last corner efficiently. Man I got smoked on the straight away by just about everyone (most of the cars were BMW's a couple Lotus's and Mustangs) That was expected though. Mostly there to learn to keep momentum and stay consistent with my lines. However in the future I need more power.

It just seems like the car wont go any faster than 90 and 5th gear was pretty much useless. I'd hit 90ish but a shift to 5th just felt like it was bring my speed down. Does this sound about right?

Buickboy 07-12-2011 02:41 PM

90 would be too early to shift into 5th, depending on rev limit youre looking at 30 more mph left in that gear

chriskobi 07-12-2011 04:51 PM

That's good to know. I pretty much stayed in 4th the whole time after I realized the car wouldn't go any faster. I thought it was governed at 110 from what I have read. But it just seems like it's governed around 90. Would flashing it give me more power that would be noticeable? Plans ate to get new cams, valves and springs hopefully after that a dyne tune.

GodLovesUgly 07-12-2011 05:21 PM

if you flashed a tune to the car, i'm sure someone could give more of a "race" type of tune.
how high were your RPMs when you were in 5th?

chriskobi 07-12-2011 06:20 PM

I didnt actually see the RPMs but I know when I shifted into 5th it was probably 6k from the sounds of it. Then they dropped to probably 3.5 to 4k again by the sound of it and the fact that the car just didn't want to gain momenten after that.

GodLovesUgly 07-13-2011 10:00 AM

i'd say it's safe to take it to 7k.. that should have given you enough power before you lifted.

mlbbaseball 07-13-2011 11:31 AM

hard to say. i had a stock zetec at a HPDE at 110. wasn't a problem, so i'd say you've got an issue! unless ur at some high elevation or climbing up hill the whole way!

blueovaldave 07-13-2011 02:56 PM

If you guys have time to look and see how fast you are going entering a corner you are doing it all wrong.
Only way I ever know how fast I am running is from telemetry.
The Focus is not a straightaway car. You should be all over the back of or pulling away from most cars in the turns if you are up to speed and the car is handling properly.
You need to compare yourself to your times not other guys on the track. Maybe compare yourself to other guys in equal cars but don't look at a V6 or V8 car and think you are slow, because you get pulled on the straights

GodLovesUgly 07-13-2011 03:06 PM

i don't think he is concerned about getting beat by the bigger motors since he said that was expected. i think it's more along the lines of learning to drive better. (ie. gearing)
IMO if you don't have a data logger on your car then the next best thing is to glance while on the track, especially if it's a test n' tune day or practice day like he had.

chriskobi 07-13-2011 03:19 PM

Yeah I think I'm going to do some tests on the car, the straight away is a pretty long straightaway, in fact it also goes through 2 turns (you are able to straighten them out pretty well. Here is a link to the course if your curious. In between turn 9 and turn 2 its pretty long.
I will do some tests on my car at school when I get a chance.

Bluovaldave, As far as cornering you are totally right, it handles really well and when I do it right I can gain lots of distance from the Porsche, Mustangs and Sti's. If I could beat them to the first turn after the long straight I seemed to be ok, If I didn't they would easily pass me. I wish I had someone there to time me. we were all there for classes so in no means was it really competitive.

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