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Old 05-09-2007, 08:11 AM   #1
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Racing a 2007 ZX4 SE 2.0L/ATX

I just bought a 2007 ZX4 SE w/a 2.0L/ATX powertrain and like most of you I can't leave well enough alone :-) I'd to start putting a list together of future 'wants' as far as performance mods go, but I'd like to know where I'm going before I start and have some sort of goal in mind so...

...what type/form of racing could I compete in and be competitive (or at least be eligible to enter and have fun) with 2.0L/ATX (i.e. what type of racing should I be building for to maximize my car's potential). I want the car to stay a daily driver and am looking to build it up slowly over the next couple years, one piece at a time and, given the current fuel price trend, would like to stay on 87 Octane if possible. So what do you recommend?


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Old 05-09-2007, 09:03 AM   #2
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AutoX is fun, but an auto car could pwn at bracket racing. All about consistent driving. I have won several trophies with my mtx. with the flasher you could keep it at 87 octane, just wouldn't gain much. You will need one for a header or something to turn off CEL, but otherwise no biggie.

What is great about a stock tune is that they work well with nitrous. You run 87 octane on the street, and go to 91 on the tank before you go to the track so you can run the nitrous without turning back timing (on say, 55-65hp).
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the tune will also firm up your shifts and raise the shift points on your atx. I say go Auto-cross. Gives you a chance to race and sometimes beat much faster cars, just ask around to see the cars some of these guys have beaten...
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actually, i just bought an 07 se w/auto. believe me, i don't know what ford did, but the tranny needs no help. at 20mph i stomped it, it kicked down, and broke the tires loose (actually startled the hell out of me when it did it) the 2.0 duratec w/ auto definitely isnt like earlier models. i wouldnt worry about a tune for anything other than the motor.
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actually, i just bought an 07 se w/auto. believe me, i don't know what ford did, but the tranny needs no help. at 20mph i stomped it, it kicked down, and broke the tires loose (actually startled the hell out of me when it did it) the 2.0 duratec w/ auto definitely isnt like earlier models. i wouldnt worry about a tune for anything other than the motor.



Good to hear. I've driven a few SPIs with the auto. I wanted to drive the thing off a cliff. Terrible terrible car. /h8
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Oh, and I vote you try out Auto Cross. There is a stock class, you don't have to do anything to the car, just show up and have fun. After a few races you'll find out what you need. (suspension and tires, heh heh)
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When I bought my 07, I test drove the same car (black zx3) in both mtx and atx form. I drove the atx first and found myself wanting. Then I drove the mtx, and found those wants fulfilled.

If all you ever drive are automatics, I guess the atx in the focus is alright. For me, the focus just isn't sporty enough with an automatic.

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racing a atx

In auto-x having a atx isn't that much of a disadvantage. It's more about driver skill. In it's first race my ZX3 was faster than a Mini, Subie 2.5, and a ZX4 running in STS.

Put on some Azeni RT615s and have some fun in H Stock.
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actually, i just bought an 07 se w/auto. believe me, i don't know what ford did, but the tranny needs no help. at 20mph i stomped it, it kicked down, and broke the tires loose (actually startled the hell out of me when it did it) the 2.0 duratec w/ auto definitely isnt like earlier models. i wouldnt worry about a tune for anything other than the motor.
I agree with you. Since I started this thread, I have had the chance to test drive a 2007 ZX4 ST. It was a blast! (and oh so nice to use my left foot again

However, when I got back in my SE the next day, I found I could get similar performance out of the 2.0L/ATX by manualy shifting 1st through D, locking out the OD and some right footed finess. Hats off to the engineer that left the 1st and 2nd gear choices there instead of just 'L' So, while it's not a MTX, the ATX ain't bad, just needs some encouragement

Any of you guys currently racing an ATX in autocross?
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autox with ATX

I raced last year with a 97 Escort ATX. It was good on tight courses but lacked punch in 2nd gear. This year I'm running a 2005 ZX3 ATX. I have only run in one event this year. My friend won the event in my car. I finished 3rd. He ran most of the course in 2nd while I stayed in 1st much longer. I rode with him for a couple of runs. Hopefully I learned something for the next race.

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