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Raced at Track for the very first time!
« on: August 29, 2009, 09:33:38 AM »
Hi guys, well yesterday was my first time at the track down here in Miami, i beat an 82 Camaro!  ;) but was very disappointing the rest of the time. I think I am doing something wrong. When I launch the Mustang, takeoffs are real bad (lack of experience lol). Whats the best way to jump off the line if I rev it around 2700 & 3000rpm and then completely take my foot off the clutch pedal, or remove it slow or half way then completely off  ???  Most of my launches i stayed burning tires...! I am being robbed of my favorite part of driving.....quick takeoffs. Someone please help?!

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Re: Raced at Track for the very first time!
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2009, 01:07:22 PM »
When I rev my 98GT to about 2,000 RPMs and just do a quick transaction between the two pedals, i leave people in the dust.  Give that a try and see how it works for you. Remember, your new stang isn't like the rice cars, you dont need to rev so high to get power. so try between 2k-2.5k and let me know how it works for you.

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Re: Raced at Track for the very first time!
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2009, 02:37:53 PM »
so 2-5k rpms and completely release the clutch?

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Re: Raced at Track for the very first time!
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2009, 04:28:02 PM »
First of all, stay clear of the water trap.  The water trap is only good for racing slicks, and they take a burn out before launching.  98 is right.  Don't rev so high when launching.  A micro second after the clutch is engaged, then floor it.  Change from 1st to second after you reach about 5K RRM and that takes only a blink of an eye. Your advantage comes into play at about the 1/8 mile marker. 

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Re: Raced at Track for the very first time!
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2009, 07:44:17 PM »
 ;D awesome guys... N gurls lol. Thank u once again for the help,
Knew bout the water n the slicks (thnxs soaring:) ) gonna keep praticing and try and perfect it.  Thnxs to again to all... :)

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Re: Raced at Track for the very first time!
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2009, 11:55:15 PM »
Make sure you floor it before the clutch fully engages. if you are TOO quick with the clutch, it'll bog down and you'll lose it that way. When I first went to the track, my first run had too much wheelspin because I revved it up too high like you were doing. The second run, I purposely tried to go the other way with it and had almost no wheelspin, but then it bogged down for the first bit. I still had a better time that way though. The third run I got it in between. I didn't bog down and had a bit of wheelspin to keep the rpms up and got an even better time. The fourth run, same thing. My car is a 2007 and I found that revving it to about 2000 or just over that was about right. Any more and it would just roast the tires. I also learned to not completely drop the clutch too quick.
Hope it helps, experiment a little.
btw, my car is completely stock and I went from a 15.52 sec quarter mile on the first run down to 14.2 in the fourth. So I shaved over 1.3 seconds off just by getting better.

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Re: Raced at Track for the very first time!
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2009, 03:40:33 PM »
Like anything, it takes practice, and all cars are different.   Here is an article you need to read before going to the track again. Lots of tips here. 
http://www.vortexbuicks-etc.com/beginner.htm
Two things that will improve your launch is to let some air out of your rear tires, or buy some drag radials that are super sticky. 

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Re: Raced at Track for the very first time!
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2009, 05:22:03 PM »
Makes a lot of sense...been practicing today from red light to red light (alone lol) doing pretty good! peeling out very little & maintaining  the Rpm's high. thnxs to all ur tips  8) cant wait to hit the track again ;D

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Re: Raced at Track for the very first time!
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2009, 02:17:06 PM »
good luck hun  ;D

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Re: Raced at Track for the very first time!
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2009, 02:50:43 PM »
good luck hun  ;D

lol, thnxs just be carefull i might be the one to leave u eating leftover rubber if we meet one day  ;)

 

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