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Old 08-01-2013, 08:23 AM   #1
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I always hear about people going to test and tune nights or something similar to see how fast their car goes. I was thinking about doing this with my Focus, mainly to see what 0-60 times I can get but I cannot find any where around where I live that does this. I live near the Charlotte Motor Speedway where they have a four wide drag strip but they haven't had any test and tune nights this year and told me that they are not planning on having anything like that for the foreseeable future.

Are there other places that I should look into in this area? I tried a little Googling but didn't come up with anything other than the Zmax Dragway at the speedway.

Did I ask about this in a reasonable way? i.e. is there some different wording that I should have used to convey what I was trying to ask?


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The dragstrip isn't going to give you 0-60 times and you could get a rough estimate just running to 60 with a friend with a stop watch. Generally the MK3 run 7.6 secs to 60mph and a tad under 16 seconds in the 1/4 with the 5 speed.
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My local drag strip used to have nights for ordinary driver cars. You big strip may not due to insurance. Which can be a big issue for the track owner. better to not have amateurs than big lawsuits and no insurance.

Drag racing is very hard on cars. And is usually a reason to refuse warranty.
(though amazingly some seem to get powertrain coverage even though the are amateur racing on a track, as mentioned here on FF, whichsuprised the Heck out of me)..
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If you do break something at the track it's not like you have to disclose that info to the dealer but you do run the risk of hurting something.

I cant believe that nice 4 lane facility isn't open to local clubs and test and tune nights. I live right in the shadow of Bandimere (one of the best spectator tracks in the country) which runs major events including the Mile high nats and they offer TnT nites almost every week along with club clashes and several street car events every year. Sounds like your local track is doing a disservice to the racing community.
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The dragstrip isn't going to give you 0-60 times and you could get a rough estimate just running to 60 with a friend with a stop watch. Generally the MK3 run 7.6 secs to 60mph and a tad under 16 seconds in the 1/4 with the 5 speed.
That's true, I hadn't thought of that. I have the Torque app so that does a pretty good job although there aren't many places around here where you could safely do 0-60 runs without having too much traffic or breaking the speed limit by 15 mph which I really don't like to do. There's one road that works well but it's ~30 mins away so I haven't wanted to make a special trip.

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My local drag strip used to have nights for ordinary driver cars. You big strip may not due to insurance. Which can be a big issue for the track owner. better to not have amateurs than big lawsuits and no insurance.

Drag racing is very hard on cars. And is usually a reason to refuse warranty.
(though amazingly some seem to get powertrain coverage even though the are amateur racing on a track, as mentioned here on FF, whichsuprised the Heck out of me)..
That would make sense about the insurance. I also hadn't considered the warranty aspect of things although as you noted it does seem like a lot of people on here have been on the track and then had things replaced under warranty.

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If you do break something at the track it's not like you have to disclose that info to the dealer but you do run the risk of hurting something.

I cant believe that nice 4 lane facility isn't open to local clubs and test and tune nights. I live right in the shadow of Bandimere (one of the best spectator tracks in the country) which runs major events including the Mile high nats and they offer TnT nites almost every week along with club clashes and several street car events every year. Sounds like your local track is doing a disservice to the racing community.
It does seem really odd and they are doing a massive disservice to the community. Plus I feel like if they did TnT nights that they would have a large number of people that would take them up on it, even if they did have to buy special insurance or something.
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Maryland maybe an option
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Our TnT nites are packed here which kind of sucks since 1-12 years ago you could hit a test n tune and get in 10+ runs now it's more like 3-4.
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You aren't that far from Rockingham:

http://www.rockinghamdragway.com/schedule/
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