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I have a 94 GT and i was wondering
Are There any tips on just racing in general. Like whats the best way to start off. Drop the Clutch? Take me through a good race. Any Help would be awesome. Thanks

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[ This message was edited by: Bobgoblin on 06-04-2003 01:23 ]
 

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OK well I´m not a pro but here´s my philosophy.1)get off the line,I will usually keep the rpm right around peak when doing this.But unless I have burned out before hand the key is traction.Look as you´re lining up to make sure you find a clean line.Next I let the clucth out like I am balancing on or slightly over the edge of traction.just until you feel like the tires will break free but don´t let em.Now I´m looking at the road for anything that might comprimise the traction I do have and feeling for that shift point.You know when to shift because you´ll be past the peak rpm and you will start to feel the G-forces decreasing.About 1 second or 1,000 rpm past the peak shift like your pissed off.slam your clutch to the floor and start the balancing act again but it only lasts as long as it takes not to spin em into 2nd(.25 - .50sec max).Sometimes do this too fast and the tranny pays but not my e.t.Then I rap each gear just a little farther then the last.The real keys are getting off the line and knowing when to shift.But there is alot to be said for being comfortable in the car, practicing,and knowing it´s limitations.I think half of the races I have won are just because I know how far I have pushed my car in the past and how much it can take.Also if you don´t know the neighborhood or highway don´t even bother because then racing is twice as dangerous for you, innocent bystanders,and your insurance rates.
 

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from what i´ve heard and watched on televised racing is consistency is a huge leap to victory. always keeping the same line (providing it´s a good one) through each turn and straight.
 

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unless u or tthe car u are racing are like considerably more powerful, the race is pretty much decided by the "off the line" if u can get the edge by gettin off the line fster and like i said, if both of ur cars are pretty close in power, then just hold it by wrapping the gears out to about 5500 and quick shifting, then the race is urs......I have however done a few tests and w/ a program called "car test" and w/ trial runs, i found the best way to leave he line is to rev to 4100 rpm and dump the clutch. Past 4100 gives a lot of wheel spin and before 4100 it takes longer to get off the line. This is just w/ my gt scort, so try and see which one gives u the best result.
 

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yah it all depends on the class and type of race off the line doesnt always garauntee a win. it is normally more driver than car. but obviously if you put mario andretti in a yugo and brooke sheilds in a ferrari she will still probably have the edge. but thats not realistic in terms of bracket or club sponsered racing. thats why they have different classes and specs for each feild. IT7 class in scca is what im most popular in and thats restricted to non turbo 1st gen rx-7´s only. so everyone is on an equal playing feild.
 

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In a 2nd gen GT the easiest way to get your ass kicked in illegal 1/4 mi street racing is shifting at 5500 rpm. Sure, peak torque of 114 lb ft does occur at 4500 rpm, but at that engine speed you´re only putting out 97 hp...you basically might as well be driving an LX.

If you shift at 6500 though you´re still puttin down 102 lb ft torque and all 127 hp. I´ve had experiences where I dumped the clutch at 3k rpm and gradually came off the line, but 3k rpm is about where the power band starts, and it feels like the needle is sprinting like Carl Lewis to 6500 rpm, power shift (meaning push the clutch in HARD, grab the shifter and SLAM that biznitch into 2nd, which is hard because my 2nd gear likes to stick), floor it, wind it out to 6900 rpm, power shift, floor it. I don´t know how many Cavaliers, Sunfires and Neons I´ve beaten doing that. Oh, not to mention that Mustang V6 ;-)

But alas, ever since I put in my sub and amp I really haven´t been racing much anymore. After I saw that Cavalier get nailed by that cop, I´m a little bit reluctant to at night.
 

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I did 16.2 at the track and it´s supposed to be a good time.

Here is what I did.

1. Rev to 2500 rpm, drop the clutch (not higher you´ll sping too much)
2. Drop the gas pedal and shift at 6200 (if you go higher you´ll lose power on the other gear)

Oh, and i did some powershifts... (dont let off the gas when you shift but still use the clutch)
there ya go, good luck at the tracks

[ This message was edited by: FourDiceS04 on 06-04-2003 14:32 ]
 

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I´m confused. Why would you shift up without letting off the gas? Your synchromesh would be gone before you finished that 1/4 and it´s gonna take longer to get into gear than if you took your foot off.
 

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as long as you throw in the clutch and don´t double-clutch.. the syncros will be fine.. they have no ´strings´ attached to the throttle. When you lift off the throttle during a shift, you end up closing the butterfly suddenly.. stopping the flow of air (which has mass, and therefore momentum), which then sends a wave of pressure back down the intake, reversing the direction of the air for a breif moment.. then you open the throttle again and there´s a lag as all that air in your intake acclerates again. By power shifting you´re only depressing the clutch for a quick second while you slam into the next gear, so the flow of air is uninterrupted.
 

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Actually, beav, the 1.8L engine has a little plunger thing right by the throttle body pulley... you can adjust this so you can shift normally and it will retard the closing of the butterfly valve slightly so you dont kill the intake momentum.
 

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Really? That´s neat! Like a "throttlebody damper"?

Is that some function for emmissions or something? Sounds like I´d only want that turned up for drag racing.. snap-throttle response would suffer so badly.
 
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