Best Engine Setup for Auto-X - Page 3 - Focus Fanatics
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Focus Fanatics > Ford Focus Racing Discussions > Autocross Racing

Autocross Racing The place to discuss information about autocross stats, tips and events. Track sanctioned events only.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

View Poll Results: Which Engine Setup?
Turbo 2 6.06%
Supercharger 11 33.33%
NA 20 60.61%
Voters: 33. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-12-2006, 02:54 PM   #21
Oni
Oh yeah!
 
Oni's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Fan#: 24899
Location: Mustang, OK
What I Drive: An unloved Focus

Posts: 2,522
FF Reputation: 4 Oni Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (6)
The original topic was about what would help most for autocross. Honestly, unless you're racing on the streets or just have grudge matches at the strip, you're still going to have to keep up momentum even with the extra push of forced induction. You need to first learn how to make your car fast around the course and how to maintain corner speed to increase exit speed. Adding a supercharger or a tubo is only going to cover your butt down the straights, which there are few, and just mask your mistakes with power. If you're serious about autocross and becoming faster, learning the best way around the course through driver training and better tires is by far the best way to go. If you just want power for purposes outside of autocross, then by all means listen to the advice of others. All I can say is the forced induction isn't going to do for your times what you might think it can do. There are better and less expensive options that will make a much greater impact on your times.
__________________
SVT Squad #80
1365 of 3985
Born: 04/25/2003


formerly known as the member ilcowil
Oni is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-13-2006, 09:51 PM   #22
Daeron
Focus Addict
 
Daeron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Fan#: 20554
Location: Bixby, OK
What I Drive: 03 Pitch Black SVTF

Posts: 970
FF Reputation: 1 Daeron Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (8)
whoever said LSD, that will put the car in DSP without any poweradder, so be careful what you ask for...stick with NA and upgrade suspension/wheels/tires
__________________
#2277 of 3985 born on 5/27/03
SVT Squad #20

SCT XCal2 (Hypnotic), AEM CAI, VR rear engine mount, FC ORP, FRPP STS, FC 2pc UDP, Eibach Pro-Kit springs/KYB AGX dampers, FRPP HIDs, Sony CDX-M8815X, Pioneer TS-A6880R front speakers, 16" Rota Grid (Royal Gunmetal) w/Falken Azenis RT615's

2004 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra Convertible, Mystichrome
#292 of 1896
Daeron is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2006, 07:45 AM   #23
JBrotbeck
Focus Enthusiast
 
JBrotbeck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Fan#: 31749
Location: Sumter, SC
What I Drive: 2000 Malibu Blue ZX3

Posts: 96
FF Reputation: 1 JBrotbeck Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I said go with LSD if he goes Supercharged. DSP or SM....no matter what class it goes into will get spanked. Maybe not at local regional events, but definitely at National/Divisional levels. Then again, we're not talking about making it competitive, we're talking about FUN. I still stand by what I said: Fun factor: Supercharger + LSD + Konis etc = FUN

Or just drop in a V8 and make it rear wheel drive. Now THAT would be fun. Talk about a SLEEPER!
__________________
South Carolina Region SCCA
2005-2008 STS Champion
Director-at-Large
National F&C
JBrotbeck is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2006, 06:58 PM   #24
92dxman
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Fan#: 36525
Location: Doylestown, PA
What I Drive: 1992 Red Civic hatch

Posts: 15
FF Reputation: 1 92dxman Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Street Mod is a tough class to play in with heavily boosted Evos and supercharged M3's. I defenitely agree with everybody saying work on the traction. A set of good shocks and wheels/tires will go a long way than added power. I have seen guys in Minis take top 5 in the pax index running in H stock with only shocks and wheels/tires. They ranked higher than some guys in WRX's, Evos and Vettes.
92dxman is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 05:39 PM   #25
Carrera26
Focus Fanatic
 
Carrera26's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Fan#: 12237
Location: Gainesville, FL
What I Drive: 2005 Mazda3 2.3/2003 VW Passat GLX

Posts: 2,957
FF Reputation: 2 Carrera26 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
^^^There's a Mini Cooper S on slicks (otherwise bone stock) that is usually in the top 5 overall in our region. That little thing is a weapon!


Mmmmm Street Mod. I have been dreaming again of my SM fantasy, a 993-powered 914 with a very serious chassis underneath... Seriously, it was keeping me up 2 nights ago.
__________________
Don't waste another minute waiting on parts, or anything else. Just get out there and start racing! You will suck at first, and you will be slower than many other cars, but the only thing you will regret is not starting earlier...
Carrera26 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 06:09 PM   #26
WitchCitySVT
Turbo!!!!
 
WitchCitySVT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Fan#: 33699
Location: Salem, MA
What I Drive: 2012 Chevy Sonic 1.4 Turbo LTZ

Posts: 5,796
FF Reputation: 30 WitchCitySVT Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Quote:
Originally posted by fokuzx3
the problem is, what is there to help you motor wise with the svt? with all the bolt ons your still gonna be torn up by motor swapped civics and k20's ..with the zx3 id say all motor wouldnt be so bad, and especially with the duratec, but the svt really doesnt have another choice.
I have yet to get the chance to particapate in a local auto-x,but wouldn't a honda with an engine swap bump them into SM? Just curious
__________________
BUILD# 840 out of 3985 BUILD DATE 4/1/2003 *RIP*

2003 Competition Orange SVT *Revived*
2012 Black Sonic 1.4 Turbo LTZ
WitchCitySVT is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 06:53 PM   #27
Carrera26
Focus Fanatic
 
Carrera26's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Fan#: 12237
Location: Gainesville, FL
What I Drive: 2005 Mazda3 2.3/2003 VW Passat GLX

Posts: 2,957
FF Reputation: 2 Carrera26 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
^^Yes it would. And it still takes a good driver behind the wheel of nearly anything to beat a skilled SVT pilot on course...

If I were given $10K to build up my car for SOLO competition, I doubt if more than $1K - $2K would go to the engine, if that. It simply doesn't make much difference at the Autocross, unless some region decides to set up a REALLY open course.
__________________
Don't waste another minute waiting on parts, or anything else. Just get out there and start racing! You will suck at first, and you will be slower than many other cars, but the only thing you will regret is not starting earlier...
Carrera26 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2006, 10:02 PM   #28
Klondike
GreyRice WOoT!
 
Klondike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Fan#: 25991
Location: Tempe, AZ
What I Drive: GI, '07 zx3 LG

Posts: 10,786
FF Reputation: 53 Klondike Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (26)
^^^im with carrera on this, stay NA, really if you have good suspension and good tires you can kick ass.
i got an automatic spi rated at about 94whp. all i got under the hood is a sri, stock size tube. i got svt kit no rear sway, which i need to put on. and my times are very nice. my best run in 1st race i got a 1:06 a mustang got 1:07 a few more modified cars and beemers and such fastest were 1:03 and fastest time was put down by an evo 8 with 57 seconds.....so really its not how fast your car is, its how well you can take corners. i had slowest car in race, still do, yet i pound the corners harder,most of the time, then some of the faster cars.
remember this saying "to be fast sometimes you need to go slow"
__________________
Focus Nation
Focus Revolution
Chrenron 1 of 3
Velveeta Lover Shell#1
LOTH 00!
Klondike is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2006, 10:12 PM   #29
arrestmespi
Focus Fanatic
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Fan#: 27586
Location: Aberdeen, MD
What I Drive: '04 Mazdaspeed Mx-5, '72 M35A2

Posts: 4,602
FF Reputation: 27 arrestmespi Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (8)
I have a street Modified SPI, I already go thrown up there for just the BDR throttle body, and the removal of the back seat and soon the install of the roll cage and I will be in street modified. I will be turbo charged by the end of the year. I was running dunlop sports(blew a damn tire and back to goodyear assurances) and do very well against porches and vettes. I do a lot of my autox with the PCA. The reason I am doing well versus these highly modified super cars are because the drivers are arragant shit heads who think a 100k car will beat my 15k dollar car. They never practice, don;t do schools, I practice almost every weekend and go to as many schools as I can afford and as time allows
arrestmespi is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2006, 10:29 PM   #30
focusedaddiction
2focusedracing
 
focusedaddiction's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Fan#: 23787
Location: Great Falls, MT
What I Drive: 2003 sangria red 5spd. ZX3Turbo

Posts: 1,799
FF Reputation: 4 focusedaddiction Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (14)
right on I'm in SM also! & lovin it! except for the fact that Everyone seems to be going to "R" compounds, but me.....I'm poor!
__________________
_/\_/\_SCCA_/\_/\_SM #74_/\_/\_BRING ON THE CONES!...zetec crew #74
ZX3..underpressure
tuning by TOM
focusedaddiction is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:59 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information : Site Map

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.