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Old 05-26-2007, 01:39 AM   #31
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My launches are at about 3900 rpm or so. I shoot for about 1 revolution of tire spin, modulated by clutch release. Easier said than done. Quick upshifts are important, but I don't think I'm doing a full speed shift (I lift the throttle a little between shifts when the clutch is in)

I think I have a freaky SVT, a good track, and I'm a decent driver. Something doesn't compute with my E.T.s and trap speeds. My 1/8 mile trap speed is 71.84mph (much slower than yours), and my 1/4 mile trap on my best run was only 89.97mph. I think that my car is unusually stout, but the knock sensor starts to kick in when I bounce on the rev-limiter (crappy gas?) If I get any better times, about 1/10th is going to be in my 60' time and the rest is going to be on the top end with better gas. I'm shooting for 6900rpm shifts.

I'm on my 3rd set of summer tires on this car (67,000 miles on this car). 1st were the stock Conti's (I got the 15.3 on these) then came BFG G-Force Sports (15.51 best), and now I have Sumitomo HTR Z II's on. I think the BFG's had more traction than the Conti's, but the engine felt a little less strong. Right now the engine feels super, and the Sumitomo's seem to have really good traction...
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Old 05-26-2007, 04:36 AM   #32
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bolt on a supercharger and you can get it.
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Old 05-26-2007, 09:26 AM   #33
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OK next time I'll try to shift around 7000, I was shifting at 7200 yesterday maybe power drops badly after 7000, don't really know if I should shift higher than a stock SVT with my tune.
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It could be done. With a few mods and good tires and a good driver. I would bet with a CAI with a 65mm TB, ORP, tune and some really good tires or slicks if you can crack 14's easily. I've seen many run low to mid 15's bone stock with stock tires and medicore drivers. Your best bet is F/I of some kind though. If you want to go fast in the 1/4, go F/I other than that, the SVT will be somewhat slow.
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OK next time I'll try to shift around 7000, I was shifting at 7200 yesterday maybe power drops badly after 7000, don't really know if I should shift higher than a stock SVT with my tune.
I don't know about power dropping above 7000 for you (I'm worried about the knock sensor dialing power back on my 90 octane fueled motor), but every run that I've bumped the rev-limiter has been a least a couple of 10ths off.
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I don't know about power dropping above 7000 for you (I'm worried about the knock sensor dialing power back on my 90 octane fueled motor), but every run that I've bumped the rev-limiter has been a least a couple of 10ths off.
So you reach the rev limiter at each shift? The stock limiter is at what, like 7300 rpm ?
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So you reach the rev limiter at each shift? The stock limiter is at what, like 7300 rpm ?
No, No! Rev-limiter bad! I have a tendency when racing to get so caught up in holding a gear as long as possible that I bounce off of the rev-limiter. The 7000 rpm shift point is a technique that gives me a couple (three?) hundred rpm buffer. Hitting the rev-limiter seems to pretty well shoot down a pass.

I'm going to experiment with 6,000 rpm shifts on a pass the next time I run. I expect a slower time, but it's been pointed out on this forum that the horse power and torque peak at around 5100 rpm. On a test and tune day at the track, what's one more run to try this out? I try and stay open minded.

If I can build a mount for my digi-camcorder I'll post a good run, and you can listen to my shift points, and how fast or slow I'm shifting.

Finally, it's possible that Alaska Raceway Park is just a great track, and any SVT Focus can run mid to low 15's. The only other Focus I've seen run is a lady in her sedan running mid 18's. Non of the other SVTF's seem to want to play.
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14's arent going to happen even with the mods suggested. best ive seen done with a boatload more mods than suggested is a 15.15. and before anyone says a thing, notice that those saying they've hit 14's na havent posted any slips?
hell, ive got so many mods and a jrsc and best my car has run is a 14.06 @5-6psi but thats hopefully to change in a couple months when i eliminate my vct and have it retuned using adjustable cam gears
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who cares about drag racing when you own a SVT focus? i like to hear what is possible with certain mods just to get an idea about how fast a certain car is compared to others. idk
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Drag racing has less to do with speed for me than the fact that this is another aspect of keen interaction with my machine. It's the same attitude I take with me when I autocross.

I'm trying to get everything the car has to give. It's both technical and emotional for me. When I had a dirt bike I would ride a section of a track over and over again, refining lines, shift points, body position etc. Drag racing this car is almost as involving, and the time slips help me rate my progress. I'm not racing the guy next to me, I'm racing myself, trying to get that last little bit the car has to offer, and beat my best time.

If this doesn't make sense to you, no amount of explanation could.
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