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Old 09-12-2003, 09:21 AM   #1
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Smile Hi, I just got my SVT Focus...

And I got a flat tire on the first day! Doh!

The story is HERE.

And yes, I traded in my Mustang GT for my SVT Focus. My review and story about that is HERE.

Just thought I'd say "HI" because I'm new. I'm a licensed SCCA race car driver, Skip Barber grad, and Ford Racing fanatic. Looking forward to chatting with you all here. Thanks!

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Old 09-12-2003, 10:20 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new purchase! Hope it doesn't disappoint. I'm lovin mine! Had it for just over a month. I read one of your posts and followed the SCCA link. Thanks again, I look forward to learning how to really drive the SVTF!
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Old 09-12-2003, 10:54 AM   #3
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Yeah! I would also really appreciate some driving techniques from a Pro!! I read some SVT owners where 'drifting' with the SVT - can you really 'drift' with a front wheel drive car?? I think it was just a case of loosing back-end grip and loosing speed... Any driving tips would be appreciated!! :)

Had my SVT for 2 weeks now... I have plenty of Karting (rental only) experience and 7 years of driving a Ford Probe GT...
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Old 09-12-2003, 11:05 AM   #4
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BTW: I also got a Silver 2003 SVT Focus 5-door. We have clones!
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Old 09-12-2003, 03:24 PM   #5
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Congrats on your purchase, and welcome aboard :) Have a blast.
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Old 09-12-2003, 04:42 PM   #6
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Thanks for the warm welcome, folks!

WHOA NELLIE, though--I'm not a "Pro" by any stretch of the imagination. Just a redneck with a little seat time and formal instruction. I'll do my best to give pointers where I can, though.

As for the frontwheel drive car drift capability--yup, I've seen it done. Even BEEN IN THE CAR with an actual pro driver* who did it with a Neon R/T no less. VERY cool, but I have NO idea how he did it!

I can do it no problem in my Mustang, but I guess that doesn't count here, eh? :)

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Old 09-12-2003, 05:20 PM   #7
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I have never drifted my FWD cars aside for by accident and have not been able to replicate on purpose by any means. But everytime I did drift was in a instance where the rear end became almost weightless, and I was cutting really hard. I have seen others do it, but i have never been able to to do it. A friend of my with a Isuzu I-Mark Turbo Sollo'd and that was one reason he was successful, cause he said he always steered with the rear end of the car. And if you watched him run. The rear end would slide ever so slightly. He was extrememly good at controlling it.

AHHH I love watching extrememly skilled drivers. Wish I had the money to attend some formal training.
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Hey Beetle,

Happy to see another new SVTF owner. Welcome!
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Congrats on the purchase. Don't think you'll be disappointed. Just wondering if your planning on taking the svtf to the track?
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Old 09-12-2003, 07:55 PM   #10
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Oh indeed, this car will be at the track! Can't wait to see the lap times--I'm pretty sure they'll be faster than my actual race car! It'll be on my home track, Summit Point, but probably not until next Spring, though. I know it's not necessary for a "break-in" period, but I'm going to go easy on her for several K. Old habit, I guess.

Thanks for the additional welcome messages!

Oh, and I'll get a picture up soon--the weather is crappy right now.

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