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Old 06-20-2013, 11:16 PM   #1
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Anyone have done track/race

Hi guys,

I just got a new focus and I plan to do a little bit of track with it, no racing, just some laps. I want to know if there is anything I must be careful with the car.

I've been on the track with other cars, so I know the basics. I just want some advice if there is something specific with the focus model (over heathing problems, traction controls doing strange things, etc.). I don't want to blow my engine or crash because of something ''I should have know''

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Old 06-21-2013, 06:33 AM   #2
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Not blowing the engine is easy. Remove the fuse that controls ABS/TVS/ESC/TCS.
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if you don't have aftermarket rims, id change that with some lower profile tires. feels like the tires are gunna roll off the bead when your really pushing the car to its limits.
But for all I know its just the stock suspension that makes it feel that way.
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Track/ Autocross

I`ve been doing SCCA events the last three years & this is the first year with my focus (2012 SEL HB) The only thing I`ve done is swap the stock tires with my extreme summer performance tires. I`ve pushed my car to the limits as far tire grip, which I can say would be well beyond the limits of the stock ones. Change your tires to a performance type and you`ll enjoy many days at the track. I run Dunlop Direzza Star Spec 225/45/17`s $147 each @ Tirerack.com
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Also get a good pair of shocks along with tires and yu will be extremely impressed and happy
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make sure brake fluid is good to go. maybe throw some better pads on. otherwise should be good to go.
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Thanks guys for your answers. Removing the fuse is a good idea, but I'm doing it in part to know my car better, so maybe I will do some runs with all actived. I'm intirgued how it changes the driving feeling.
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Thanks guys for your answers. Removing the fuse is a good idea, but I'm doing it in part to know my car better, so maybe I will do some runs with all actived. I'm intirgued how it changes the driving feeling.
If you're not worried about time that's fine, but those items will cost you a couple seconds in autox.
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I don't know about other people's cars but removing the fuse caused my rear tires to lock up rather easily. I believe that these cars don't have a hydraulic brake bias I and rely on the ABS system to do the controling. I put Hawk autocross race pads on just the front thinking they would be aggressive enough to prevent the rears from locking up. It may have helped some but they still lock up too soon. Also if you can afford Michelin Pilot super sports I would recommend them 4 track days and autocross. These tires are one of the best I have tried, give good feedback before letting go.
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Thanks, that's the kind of info I wanted to have ! I'll be more careful if the rear wheels lock up that easily


I will wear stock tires and breaks and then upgrade. I already have hankook v12 waiting for me and I will check what is the best option for new brake pads. I hesitate a lot between hawk and ebc green stuff.

I would like the grip of the yellow ones (noise and dust don't bother me), but I've read that they need to be heated up before giving good breaking. You don't want that if you have an emergency breaking situation on the highway and they are cold.........

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