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Friday night we were running the full track at calabogie. The car/tires were fantastic, except for a little bit of excessive low-speed understeer (not enough to be disappointed in, but enough to notice). Chris and I were running essentially identical times - around 2:19.
For saturday's race, I reconnected the rear swaybar (I had it disconnected from last year because the car was VERY tail happy), and increased my wing angle. My hopes were to maintain the high-speed stability I had using the aero, and to get a bit better low-speed rotation. It was perfect - the car was amazing during practice/qualifying, and I was able to qualify on pole with a 1:17.0. Super happy
That's a hard question to answer. Do I feel it? i think so... Does it make a difference? YES, absolutely.
Given that I haven't driven the car for about 6 months I can't really say whether it feels much different - but my lap times are much faster, and I know I'm carrying more speed through the corners. So yeah - it definitely makes a difference!
The biggest change is that it gives me the confidence to carry more speed in the corners, and to get on throttle sooner. Could I have done it without the aero? maybe - but I was too chicken. Now that it's there, and I know it's "supposed" to help, I push a bit more to see what happens... turns out, now I can push even harder
edit: the more I think about it - yeah it made a huge difference. When I get on the throttle mid corner to corner exit, the rear end just "sits" and grips and launches me out. The car is nuts - I love it
you guys are doing that really quick!! car sounds great btw!..... you think a v8 e34 would be good for the track?
1987 BMW 535i (Sold)
1988 BMW 535i (Turbo Build)
1990 BMW 520i (Turbo Build)
1991 BMW 520i (Beater)
1991 BMW 535i (Burnout Beast)
1994 BMW 540i (Scrap)
2009 BMW 335i (Daily Driver)
We shall seek who discover mo powa via the wheels (Shakespeare)
QUOTE FROM THE WISE... "Gap is something all the girls want and all the guys want gone"
there was a hyundai accent and a ford crown vic out there this weekend at the AISA school. pretty sure your car will be fine
Got my video from saturday's race posted:
What an awesome battle! I got stuck in traffic at the beginning and could see Greg (buddy in the black corvette) building the gap! ugh! I need to be THERE. Once I got by that civic, I started slowly reeling him in until we caught traffic, then bam - on his bumper! There were a couple great open laps there of "ok shawn, don't make a mistake - just be consistent - you're closing in - focus, hit your markers..." So intense, and so awesome.
Get the point by, same thing "ok shawn - he's right there - don't screw up - focus, focus!"
He stayed right behind me the whole time. We kept getting stuck in traffic, but as soon as we found some open track, I gave him back the lead - he was still there after all! Man that vette pulls on the front straight! At one point I outbraked him going into "1", then heading up into 9 I track out a bit too much and drop 2 wheels on the outside. OMG. whoa. focus buddy, focus!
A bit later he gave it back, and then it was traffic again. At that point I just wanted some open track to really battle it out. Could I build a gap or would he stay there? Then, he was gone? wut? He was right there coming down 9 into 10... weird... figured something went wrong. To bad we couldn't do a photo-finish, but man was that intense!
After the race was hilarious - Greg pulls up, face full of dirt... "dude, I went off behind you in 10!!!"
haha awesome, glad you stayed safe buddy
Couple slow point by's but all in all a good race, and lots of fun Can't wait to do it again!!!