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Old 08-29-2008, 11:57 PM   #1
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Talking Ran the IHI Turbo Focus: 14.74@95.97 (vid)

This was my first time racing the Focus since the turbo, and only the second time racing a FWD.
Overall I'm satisfied with the performance of the car and my driving.
This track is known for poor 60' times, so I don't think I'll be able to get it down much more without drag radials or slicks or go to another track.
I hope to run at Mason Dixon Dragway around October, which is 750' lower elevation and a better track all around.

I'm quite pleased with the Exedy stage 2 clutch and the Phantom Grip combo.
The clutch grabbed hard between gears and the PG kept both tires planted.

I did get some wheel hop when doing a burnout.. mainly on the right side which doesn't have a poly mount.
Wheel hop when launching was minimal. Nothing like when it was stock thanks to a poly dog bone mount and tranny mount.

I typically powershift at the track, but I have not brought myself to pound that hard on my daily driver.

I was hoping to see a 14.5 sec slip today with a 2.0 60', but I'll take a 14.74.

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Tires are Fuzion HRi 205/50-16. Not exactly drag tires.
Stock 2.0 Duratec motor with a Tbird IHI turbo @ ~11psi
Draw-through MAF. Tuned by LaSota Racing in Columbus OH
Conservative tuned for 91 octane. AF 10.8 at WOT.

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Old 08-30-2008, 11:42 AM   #2
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Nice race! You were diffenetly catching that GTI. I think with a better launch you would have killed the GTI and could see low 14's.
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what is your HP/TQ?

i would figure you would have UNDER a 14.5 with that turbo on there.......though you said you don't race much...

I ran a 15.1 NA.......
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what is your HP/TQ?

i would figure you would have UNDER a 14.5 with that turbo on there.......though you said you don't race much...

I ran a 15.1 NA.......
Sorry I didn't meet your expectations.
I don't know what the HP numbers are. It's not that important to me.
I'd like to know what exactly you did to run a 15.1. I find that hard to believe with a full-weight Focus on street tires.
I'm not new to racing, just new to racing FWD.
FYI my car ran a 16.35 stock at this track. The elevation is also 1250'.
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cool stuff! id love to see what it does with better tires and a bit more launch exp
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yea stickier tires + a nice suspension setup to reduce a bit of lift would set it off nicely! do u have any other mods apart from those listed? maybe some bolt-ons will add extra oomph
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yea stickier tires + a nice suspension setup to reduce a bit of lift would set it off nicely! do u have any other mods apart from those listed? maybe some bolt-ons will add extra oomph
Full mod list:
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2.5" FMIC
3" turbo back
3" catco cat
3" Magnaflow muffler
Modified stock shifter (shorter with a Mustang shifter)
Poly trans and dogbone mounts
Exedy 3-puck clutch (stage 2)
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I'm not really concerned with extra oomph.
I'm going to do some port matching on my turbo manifold and turbo inlet which might help a bit.
I know a leaner tune with more timing would produce more power, but I'm satisfied with this tune.

Next trip to the track I may do some weight reduction, stiffer rear springs (already have), and I'm tempted to remove my exhaust after the downpipe.
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^ that's more like it had no idea u had all that. try weight did wonders for me
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The 60' is killing me. Without sticky tires I won't run better on this particular track.
There's no way to drive around the water box either.
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I'd like to know what exactly you did to run a 15.1. I find that hard to believe with a full-weight Focus on street tires.
I'm not new to racing, just new to racing FWD.
FYI my car ran a 16.35 stock at this track. The elevation is also 1250'.
i ran a little bit slower time in the 1/8,but at a the close to the same mph as you with a 2.3 with i/h/e and a 2.3 60' time.i went 9.651@74.36mph. it def is possible to run a 14 with a n/a focus.
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