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Old 08-13-2006, 06:54 PM   #11
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comeback with results...this is something i have always wondered
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Old 08-13-2006, 09:54 PM   #12
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i'd say they're about even, maybe he has the slight advantage, keep in mind if he sucks a a driver, then it won't matter, after all, i beat a porsche at my first auto-x, just hope you're a god driver
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Old 08-14-2006, 05:46 AM   #13
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I think the HP advantage will help the Neon alot in getting form corner to corner. . . as long as he can get it to the ground and doesn't spin tires to much.
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Old 08-14-2006, 10:11 AM   #14
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The only time that I have ever been beaten was by a tuned ACR (250+ whp), on slicks, with a driver that had already had 5 years under his belt when I had 1.5. Really hasn't gotten close since, and that same car is usually 2+ seconds behind me, regardless of the track design. (Now a little over 3 years)

I got kicked around by a Buick and a diesel Rabbit when I started though, so the car barely even matters without driving experience.

My experience with driving an SRT was on a test drive when they first came out. I was impressed by the power, but I was expecting that. I came upon a twisty that would hardly even give me trouble in the SVTF, but seemed to seriously confuse the SRT-4. My first thought was honestly, "This thing handles like a milk truck!" Lots of body lean, not much front-end communication. The way it floats around especially would hamper it on course with quick transitions. It simply has a much harder time getting it's balance back before being able to get into the next manouver.

I will use one particular example. Another FFer (Venom713 I believe) came out to our last couple events with an SRT-4 owning buddy who had been saying the same kind of things. 3 days after the second event he told me that same buddy was trading his tuned SRT-4 in on an SVTF. What does that tell you?

The SRT-4 is a good street car, would be a decent open-track car, and is a great car for sport compact drag racing. It simply doesn't compete at the same level as the SVTF on the AutoX course though.
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Old 08-14-2006, 10:14 AM   #15
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just hope theres not too many straight aways
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The SRT-4 is a good street car, would be a decent open-track car, and is a great car for sport compact drag racing. It simply doesn't compete at the same level as the SVTF on the AutoX course though.
i dont know the scca rules so i appologize in advance if this is a stupid question...but cant u put some coilovers, front & rear strut bars, bigger front & rear sway bars...maybe some better bushings and stiffer mounts and have the srt be a much better handling car?
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i dont know the scca rules so i appologize in advance if this is a stupid question...but cant u put some coilovers, front & rear strut bars, bigger front & rear sway bars...maybe some better bushings and stiffer mounts and have the srt be a much better handling car?
Yes of course you can but if im not mistaking it will put you in a different class.
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Yes it will bump you a class or so. Theres not much you can do to a car and stay in the lower class.
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Thanks guys .I'll let everyone know of the outcome.
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Allowable mods in stock class;

Dampers (shocks 'n struts)
Any tires
Wheels of the same dimension
Small wear items (filter elements, brake pads, battery, etc.)
Cat-back exhaust

Yes you can add all those things to an SRT-4 to make it faster, but you could say the same thing about the Focus as well...
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