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Old 06-16-2014, 03:47 PM   #1
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Autocross my stock SVT

I was looking at the draft SCCA rules for 2014 (I don't have the actual ones) Big change since I used to run regularly (mid 90's) appears to be no race tires in the "Street" class, and you can use bigger diameter rims.

Near as I can tell, nothing separates the SVT from any other Focus, In "HS", and only the 2013/2014 STs are in a higher class. I might try it for grins. My Cortina has run previously in DSP, but might be now in HS

Anybody running their SVTs in Street class? Any tips?


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You might get better answers if you posted here or checked out these threads - http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/f...splay.php?f=97
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You might get better answers if you posted here or checked out these threads - http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/f...splay.php?f=97
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Racing rules are always persnickity & odd, but some of the changes I've heard of in recent years keep classes "affordable" & accessible to weekend warriors with DD cars.

Separating out "DOT legal" race tires, and making a class that allows typical "street" mods. are a couple ways to make entry easier with run what you brung options.

I'd have to read the current rules to be sure, but it's likely my set of "mods" would put me in limbo for being competitive. SVT wheels & spring/struts only bring me closer to your stock car, but while they're factory parts mine wasn't avail. that way putting me in some street mod type class.

'Course I never really cared, running whatever I had in a stock class & happiest if someone was close in performance so we could have our own little battle.
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Right. Technically, any stock Focus other than a '13-'14 ST is in the same class, but you can't upgrade your springs to SVT springs legally in the stock class. Shocks are open though. I plan on keeping my SVT on the Oregon Coast though. It rains an whole lot there, and there is some ice and snow. I don't think that true dry performance tires are going to work for me. I will do better with all seasons and a set of race tires anyway. I don't want to modify the car though. Shocks and springs will be about it. Honestly, I would like to autocross my Seven, but there aren't any decent tires for it available any more. I've been running V700s on it, but they don't come in that size now. 205 50-13 I think. They may be 60s.
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Can't find much in 15's any more for performance, except slicks. 13's must be a real hassle now. Remember using 165/60-13's on 13X6 wheels for my first performance setup on a Fiat 128 3P.

Seven on slicks with a Twin Cam engine was the fastest I saw on a course back in the late 70's when I first tried Auto-X.
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Can't find much in 15's any more for performance, except slicks. 13's must be a real hassle now. Remember using 165/60-13's on 13X6 wheels for my first performance setup on a Fiat 128 3P.

Seven on slicks with a Twin Cam engine was the fastest I saw on a course back in the late 70's when I first tried Auto-X.
Fiat 128s were cool. I had a 124 Sport Coupe and an 850 Sport coupe.

My Seven has a pushrod 1500 Ford. The motor was tuned by Cosworth, but that is just some porting, Cosworth steel inlet manifolds and headers, dual 40mm Webers, and a Cosworth A2 cam. Quite a bit less power than a twin cam. Same block and same short stroke, but the twink has a different crank, rods, and pistons, and the Lotus head.I think mine dynoed at 101 hp back in the 80's when it was rebuilt. Its still a capable autocross car. Very. It weighs under 1100lbs on the road, and that helps. That is like half of a Focus, minus your mother in law, more or less.

I'm really hoping to run some kind of event pretty soon.
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Add lightness, right?

128 3P was the later hatchback version of the sport coupe, also had a Rally 2 dr sedan 128 & a couple X1/9's in the 1500 version.

124 sport coupe looked great, and was the epitome of a car that needed wider wheels than stock. SO much room in those wheel wells for something wider.

Never got a chance to try an 850, not many around even with a local FIAT dealer. Sport Coupe looked better than the spider to my eyes back then.

I've had and driven other FWD cars since the Fiats, some were fun but the Focus was the first to bring back the same kind of steering feel - sold me on it. Think that has something to do with the number of old Fiat & sports car owners who ended up with these.
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May ROTM (ride of the month) was for autocross cars, here's the contender list:http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=403874

And you can see a couple others here from their build threads, like JustinT & Palladin right below.

This hasn't been a busy area, a few posts might wake it up now that the season is here.
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