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I get to race at the local dragstrip friday and i have a couple questions. Will I beat my friend?
He has: 2001 ZX3 Focus (auto) with a cone filter and 2 1/4 inch performance exhaust with a "performance" muffler.
I have: 1993 Escort GT (5-speed) with a cone filter/adapter and a "performance" muffler.

Also, does anyone know any website that show how to "speed shift." I don't want an ghey F&F sites like: "Double-clutching helps retain rpms on your stand-alone fuel management system to intake you filter speed in the quarter mile". From reading other posts I know I should start around 2500 rpms and let off normally but what after that:p I am 18 and haven't driven many cars and I just want to know what to do with the gas when I am shifting. Thanks
 

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if his zx3 is automatic you will win for sure. My friend has a zx3 manual with racing tires and 2.5 exhaust and I still have a very little lead in front of him. Oh, depends how you drive. With my egt stock i was pulling 16.2 try to beat that :D. I sure you could do 15.9 if your car is in good condition and it's cool outside.

No i didn't strip the whole car appart...
 

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well... basically "speed shifting" and double clutching are a load of BS in the F&F sense.

For drag racing your best bet is to practice good clean shift and just do them as quick as possible.

one tip from the bob bondurant book is how to hold the shifter. most people do the "death grip" on it. When you shift up (As in up in direction not gear) just use the palm of your hand. IF I remember right you are suposed to basically cup it like and egg. And when you down shift (again position wise not gear wise) put your hand on the top/front of the shifter letting your fingers essentially dangle and push back. Try it and it makes more sense once you look at it. After doing it for a little bit it feels alot better than the "death grip" and gives you a lot more control over it.

double clutching is used in downshifting just as a side note.
 

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nastynate_loves_khendra said:
Also, does anyone know any website that show how to "speed shift." I don't want an ghey F&F sites like: "Double-clutching helps retain rpms on your stand-alone fuel management system to intake you filter speed in the quarter mile". From reading other posts I know I should start around 2500 rpms and let off normally but what after that:p I am 18 and haven't driven many cars and I just want to know what to do with the gas when I am shifting. Thanks
You'll take your friend easily enough. He shouldn't have opted for the slushbox. You might want to teach him how to brake-torque it off the line.. to give him a chance. :wink:

There's powershifting, which I don't reccomend you do often. It's easy in concept, but hard to execute properly and hard on stock engine parts.

You'll notice that whenever your car is in gear, with some torque being transferred, either from the road to the engine, or from the engine to the road, it won't come out of gear... the friction of the collar locking the gear to the shaft is too high for you to pull out without going berzerk on the shift lever.

So, what you do is find the spot in your clutch pedal travel where the clutch is just about to dissengage/slip as you push it in. Learn that spot. You can also adjust the clutch piston rod in so that that spot is right at the top of the pedal travel (essentially getting rid of any slack).

Now, drive, foot to the floor, through first gear. As you near redline, pull on the shift lever towards 2nd gear.. and keep pulling.. hard... you should already have your foot poised over the clutch pedal, or already have the pedal pushed in to that spot. When redline is near (don't wait till it gets all the way there.. 250-200rpm before), kick the clutch in fast and let it back out just as fast. (Pretend you're Bruce Lee puttin' a hurtin' on someone's shin) Since you were aleady pulling on the shift lever, you'll notice that it's already in 2nd gear, and you're holding on for deal life as the front end of the car lurches ahead (and probably to the side in a FWD car). She'll scream, you might hit the rev limiter, but if it's done correctly, the front wheels will chirp once and you'll be gone. Yes, that's right.. Simon didn't say "lift your right foot".

An old school drag racer tought me this. I did it with his permission in his BMW.. and it was fun... but I don't reccomend bashing gears in an unmodified synchroed transmission very often, unless you like replacing transaxles.
 

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I say just drive the car, dont try to overdrive it. Trying fancy shifts without practice will only cause you a mis-shift and scrap your whole run. Your dealing with a 16 second car here, so your not going to lose a noticeable amount of time by shifting normally. Be quick about it, but there is no need to jam gears like a madman. Its a little embarasing when you run an 18 second quarter because you missed 2nd gear. It happens all the time though.
You shouldnt have a problem driving faster than the other car, but if your racing in a bracket, then how fast you drive wont make a difference; he could be 10 seconds slower than you and still win. If its a trap shoot type race where its just whoever gets to the finish first, then you have a great chance.
I wouldnt worry about trying to do a burnout in the pit, chances are you wont be able to let the tires really burn enough to get sticky and will end up on the line with wet tires. Bad idea. Most of the compact cars steer clear of the burnout pit. Plus its hard on tires, harder than your average burnout on the street. Unless youve got a little extra power under the hood over stock, Id stay away from the burnout. Your going to get some wheel spin, but not enough to cause you problems. If the track is hot, it'll be sticky enough to get you a good launch at 4kRPM or less.
The Escort WILL run faster as the temperature cools off. If its going to be a hot day, try to keep the underhood temps down on the stage road before the race by propping the hood open a bit. They probably wont let you drive down the stage road with the hood up, so spare yourself that mess and close it when you move the car. If you can get cooler air into the engine compartment by ducting or if you have a cold air intake youll be better off. My car will pick up more than 1/2 second as the temp cools down from 100 degrees in the afternoon to 80 in the evening.
The most important thing you should worry about is the launch.Its going to be different between your car and mine, so your going to have to find the sweet spot. Pay attention to the tree lights. Remember, there is only 1/2 second between the lights, so be ready to go on the last yellow. If the light is green, your too late. Of course, this is more important in "bracket" racing, but a good launch will set you ahead in any race.
I launch my car at around 3600 to 3800 RPM. when its hot, and around 3500 RPM in the evening when it cools a bit. Every car is different. My brother has an identical GT same mods, same year, same color, etc. but hes found that his sweetspot is around 3300 RPM. If you start there, youll find the spot best for you. Remember, dont try to over drive the car. Shift quick, but accurate and work on a good launch. Youll have a blast. Good luck!
 

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you should beat a zx3 auto or stick with those mods. they are not geared like the gt. the motor is basically the same HP and torque rating and they come with a header! un less it svt you may as well not even race cause you got him.

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