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Old 10-17-2003, 11:52 AM   #1
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Launch Technique

Im taking my new focus to the track this coming tuesday. What is a good launch technique? Do I drop the clutch or feather it, and at what RPM??


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I'm not expert, but I probably wouldnt drop the clutch since you'll end up loosing traction. Just feather the clutch at around 2-2.5k.
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Dump it at 6K, let me know how it goes.
Lately I've been dropping at 2.8-3K and winning my races.
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you'll catch a little bark if you drop it at around 3.8, try to feather it around there

but then on the other hand I'm with DGG: drop it at 6 or higher and let us know what happens.
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Old 10-17-2003, 02:05 PM   #5
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6 grand huh, I'll be sure to try that
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Oh come on, you're no fun!

Seriously though get as many runs as you can and try different techniques and let us know how they affected your times on this thread if possible. I want to take mine to the track but just haven't had the time with my kids being in so many sports.

You should have gotten the Infrared they launch much quicker off the line.
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6K just sounds way to high for my liking. I really dont wanna **** anything up. I mean i jsut got the car! Last time i went to IRP i think i had 7 or 8 runs. However this is the last test and tune this year so im sure there will be lots of people. I got an autotap too. Gonna take readings of all the sensors down the track. Should be intersting i think.
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I've been trying stoplight launches at 2500 or so and if I get on it too much, that darned traction control kicks in. Feathering through 3500 or so seems to be best so far.

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DISABLE THE TRACTION CONTROL.... For racing... I think it is fuse 46! The one for the ABS... It's the only way to "disable T/C completely"

Also Dumping it at 6K won't hurt it, unless you do it all the time! DEfinately 2-3000 RPM's for the launch though any less you'll stall any more your wastin the power on T/C or rubber!
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DISABLE THE TRACTION CONTROL.... For racing... I think it is fuse 46! The one for the ABS... It's the only way to "disable T/C completely"

Also Dumping it at 6K won't hurt it, unless you do it all the time! DEfinately 2-3000 RPM's for the launch though any less you'll stall any more your wastin the power on T/C or rubber!
You don't have to pull the fuse! I'm new to Foci, but I believe if you push the little button next to the hand brake, and just behind the heated seats, it will completely shut of the traction controll. I could be wrong, but that's what the manual says. I only have 700 miles on mine, haven't done any super hard launches yet. I did an around 4000 dump with the traction control and got two little chirps. I would think, if your not a great launcher, use the traction control for dumping the clutch, and hit the button just before shifting to second. These cars seem to rev slow enough to have time to do that.
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