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Old 05-16-2011, 08:09 AM   #1
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Anyone race their 2012 yet...

...besides me???

This past weekend I went to a Mustang gathering near Cleveland. It was a private track rental at Thompson Raceway, called the Buckeye Brawl V. I decided to leave the Mustang at home and take our 2012 Focus SE 5-door instead. In addition to racing, I was also searching for OEM-style wheels for the new car (a story for another section here).

We raced on Friday, with about 35 cars in attendance. Many folks I had met before, but there were quite a few new-to-me faces. We made a weekend out of it - FUN!

Back to the racing...

I made three runs. We were delayed early on when one of the cars had a mechanical problem, and then rain/lightning closed us down by mid-afternoon. The Focus ran a best of 16.7052 @ 83.48mph (with a horrible 60' of 2.5950), backed up with a 16.7942 @ 83.02mph.




I didn't powerbrake - just mash the gas and wait. Each time I would stage the lights and watch for the yellows to drop. Imagine my excitement racing a new car as I floored it, only to hear the Focus say to me - "You've GOTTA be kidding me!"; then the car would begin to move. The delay between gas & go was so looooong. On my third and final run, I hit the gas on the 2nd yellow, which netted me a best reaction time of 0.0550.

Had I made subsequent runs, I would have stalled the RPM's up to get it closer into the powerband. The motor pulls fine at higher RPM's, but that 60' time was killing any type of decent ET's. Another factor was an incredibly high DA, which is a measure of air quality for those who don't know. We started racing with a DA of 4,500', and the day only hot hotter and more humid. Most of the Mustangs were 0.3-0.5 seconds off their normal ET's. Also, the car is dead stock with normal street weight (full of gas and kept the spare in the back). I'm confident that at my home track (Cecil County Dragway) with better air and launch technique, that I can drop my ET's further.

Plenty of pictures and videos were taken. I am expecting at least one great picture to be sent to me, which I will post up. We all had a blast!


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Old 05-16-2011, 10:29 AM   #2
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so overall car sucks in drag ? and new transmission needs upgrade?
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:56 AM   #3
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As far as I know, the 2012 2.0L doesn't currently have anything available in terms of aftermarket support. Things like exhaust, CAI, and tunes should be coming shortly. We'll see how the car responds to mods. I think the poor 60' times (which weren't a traction issue) indicate that there are better ET's to be found in the car. That high DA was killer too.
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Old 05-16-2011, 02:07 PM   #4
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A member who was at the race posted up the following website to calculate DA and estimate it's effect at that location/time on your ET and MPH:

http://www.dragtimes.com/da-density-...calculator.php


So my best run was a corrected 16.09 @ 86.733 MPH. Not too bad...
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:23 PM   #5
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A member who was at the race posted up the following website to calculate DA and estimate it's effect at that location/time on your ET and MPH:

http://www.dragtimes.com/da-density-...calculator.php


So my best run was a corrected 16.09 @ 86.733 MPH. Not too bad...
Unfortunately, that there is ricer math. It's nice to look at, but you can't just assume your car is that fast. If your tracks are still open this late in the year, the air right now would be great for racing.

Took the wife's Focus out to the track on Saturday. Bout 3800 miles on her. Running 87 octane, tank half full. Temps were in the 40's-50's, and the DA was probably 700 or so by the end of the night (started around 1700).

Breakdown of the times (all runs done with TCS off, S mode, brake standing at the line):
16.40 @ 85.34
16.53 @ 84.76
16.32 @ 85.88 (as seen below)
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reset battery to possibly clear any knock from running 87
16.08 @ 86.69
16.12 @ 86.62
16.13 @ 86.07 (as seen below)
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16.46 @ 84.83

If i do it again, i'll definitely run premium to see how it acts. I feel with minor weight removal, premium gas, good air density, it's a high 15 car.
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great job! i wonder how a manual would improve the times, if at all
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Here's a picture from the track!



DISCLAIMER: Do not go racing without a proper helmet. After leaving my helmet at home 409 miles away, I took my chances. My choice, but it's not something I'd recommend.
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Automatic or manual? I found with the auto, the 'select shift' mode allows you to keep the RPM's at 2500-ish RPM with the break pressed firmly. Basically brake torquing except there's there's no torque converter.

If you do it right you can get a bit of wheel spin when launching. I've only done it a handful of times and it's difficult to get just right. I found just flooring it and letting the RPM's sit at the 2500 mark then letting off the brake doesn't always work well.

In either event...that should help with times. I know mine is painfully slow at lower RPM's, but makes good power up high. I'm hoping for some basic bolt ons or a tune will help with the low end.
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Automatic or manual? I found with the auto, the 'select shift' mode allows you to keep the RPM's at 2500-ish RPM with the break pressed firmly. Basically brake torquing except there's there's no torque converter.

If you do it right you can get a bit of wheel spin when launching. I've only done it a handful of times and it's difficult to get just right. I found just flooring it and letting the RPM's sit at the 2500 mark then letting off the brake doesn't always work well.

In either event...that should help with times. I know mine is painfully slow at lower RPM's, but makes good power up high. I'm hoping for some basic bolt ons or a tune will help with the low end.
Since the DCT disengages the clutch when the brake pedal is depressed, you should be able to rev it to the dis engaged rev limiter, then quick release the brake, re-engaging the clutch(es)...kind if like an automatic's powerbrake combined with a manual clutch-dump..
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Car has potential to do a mid to high 15sec pass, with a 2.0 60ft, maybe faster. sounds promising
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