Originally Posted by Dudes ZX3
You probably have 500;bs. + on a SpecSi... In STS that equates to death.
If you want to be competitive drop back to HS or move up to FSP... IMHO a Focus has no place in STS. -flame away-
See STS results...see PRO results.
A well-driven Focus can be about 2 seconds off of a National SpecCivic on a 60 second course. That makes it a good regional car, IMO. My car (2002 ZTS with Advancetrac) when I raced it in 2005 was mildly prepped at best:
15x6.5 Volvo wheels
205/50-15 Falken RT215s
SPC Camber adjusters
Koni Yellows in front
Spax adjustables in back
24mm 3-way RSB (http://jason.hodges.cc/Ataru/Auto-X-.../thumbs_p.html
TrueBendz?Magnaflow 2.25 catback
Better wheels--7.5", LCR camber plates, Hi-flow Cat, and urathne bushings would have all helped to make the car faster...not to mention coilovers and cornerweighting.
A Focus is closer to 600-700# more than a 89 Civic (2000 pounds or slightly less). That cannot be made up at the National level. However, the Non-SVTs can be just as fast as the SVTs because they are geared better for autocross.
So, In sum...the Focus is a fine choice for a regional and even divisional car in STS. Its even a better fit in STX as you can run a LSD. They are easy to drive quickly, and easy to build...
Here is me in action...and results for that event (2nd in STS to SpecCivic...and about 3 seconds off of PRO class National trophy Civics which is where our uber-fast STS guys play)