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Old 08-09-2012, 09:27 AM   #1
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HPDE in Focus?

I just got my 2012 Focus SE and I'm hoping to get to an HPDE in the spring here in lovely VA. I got the sport package so the rear brakes are of a disk orientation, but I plan to add a set of 17's with a track oriented tire (probably some kind of high perf summer tire). Are there any other considerations I need particular to this car? I have had a couple of days with other higher perf cars on the track that were already set up for track time, and want to make sure I don't damage anything. I know enough to know that I'm not a very good driver (20 minutes in the passenger seat of a Noble with an experienced driver can open one's eyes pretty effing wide)

Do I need an alignment, or anything like that? Anything guaranted to break after 15min of hard driving? Any recommendations like "track pads would be good, but not necessary"?

Thanks in advance. I'm really interested in info from people who have track experience because there is no substitute for it.


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