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I could probably pick you up, coming from the Cougar Ridge area, PM me some contact info and I'll touch base with you off line.


SASC Events / Re: Results for practise event of October 28, 2017 at YYC
« on: October 30, 2017, 01:41:07 PM »
You should look into sprintbooster or equivalent throttle response boosters.
They seem to help with these delays

I'm not going to worry about it too much, the family wagon doesn't get much autocross work, our old fashioned cable throttle'd miata is my autocrosser of choice.  I might ask Malone about it though when I order up my tune (thanks VW scandal for the upgrade dollars!).

I must have been just barely touching the brake as I transitioned back to throttle - I wouldn't notice it until I probably had 1/2 throttle engaged with nothing happening (in a Miata, that was just normal, in a TDI it should have been spinning both front tires excessively by then), then I'd let off the brake and away I'd accelerate.

SASC Events / Re: Results for practise event of October 28, 2017 at YYC
« on: October 30, 2017, 01:35:58 PM »
We noticed something similar with our old TDI Golf - something to do with the ECU programming, it does its best to ensure the driver isn't trying to push both pedals at once and just cuts fuel. Couldn't heel and toe in that thing without really giving it the beans and planning ahead (for Ryan anyways... the pedals were too far apart for my tiny feet. Such a pain.)

We have Audi 5000 drivers and unintended acceleration to thank for this 'feature'.

SASC Events / Re: Results for practise event of October 28, 2017 at YYC
« on: October 29, 2017, 07:43:26 PM »
...What's not to like...

My civilized times :P (someone said I looked fast, I responded my times didn't show it, so then he said that my car sounded very civilized), I guess that's what I get for bringing out the family wagon.

Following Zach out of the start box, man his car sounded great, my car on the other hand just sounded 'civilized' which is just another word for quiet.

I found the rev limiter very quickly, not by ear, just by the fact that the torque flattened right out at about the 4th cone in first gear (there's that civilized thing again, no noise to let me know I was already at 5500 RPM).  I also burned up a bunch of front brakes with the electronic differential lock (i.e. brake the spinning wheel), very smelly coming out of the chicago box.  And lastly, I guess I've been overlapping my braking and accelerator in our Miata coming into the apex of a corner, in our TDI overlapping brake and throttle means no throttle response (since I was transitioning from brake to throttle) no matter how much I pushed on the throttle, so I consciously had to make sure I built in a pause between the two.

Driving Discussion / Re: Help With Ice Dice Set Up
« on: October 25, 2017, 06:28:15 PM »
Hankook with a 3.5mm and learn how to change tyres really quickly in -40 degrees.  On Hakka 8's we were typically 60-70 seconds behind Piotr on a 4.5km track.  ON the 3.5mm studs we moved to within 20 seconds by the last event.   FWD Studded ended up being a pretty hotly contested class/

I got for a very soft setting at the front and a hard setting in the rear, I also run lower psi at the front (16-18psi) and 22 psi in the rear all intended to induce oversteer.  It seemed to work pretty good.

Well those pressures explain a lot - I played all afternoon on the course at one of the winter schools in February and could not get my non-studded blizzaks to hook up on the shear ice, so it was either brake and rotate on the intermittent patches of snow (which worked very well) or cut my speed down to a crawl for a more normal turn in but keeping within traction limits of my 32 psi pressures (brake and rotate would just leave me sliding sideways for what felt like an eternity).  I'll be curious about what kind of pressures everyone is running (or maybe will let me see what a set up car drives like).


SASC Events / Re: Help Setting Up on Saturday (Oct. 14th)
« on: October 13, 2017, 07:12:29 PM »
Thought so, thanks.

SASC Events / Re: Help Setting Up on Saturday (Oct. 14th)
« on: October 13, 2017, 05:34:25 PM »
I have the keys.
3:00 pm Saturday so we're down in decent time.

So 3:00pm at the lot, or do we need to meet at the self storage place?

Thanks, John

SASC Events / Re: Help Setting Up on Saturday (Oct. 14th)
« on: October 11, 2017, 11:28:04 AM »
I can help, let me know what time and where and I'll be there.


SASC Events / Free Entry coupons from winter school
« on: October 10, 2017, 07:56:43 AM »
I have a couple of these that I received from one of the winter schools this year that I haven't used yet, am I able to give these to friends to use on the 15th - it says members only on them.



SASC Events / Re: Sunday, October 1 - Champioinship #13
« on: October 01, 2017, 05:20:31 PM »
Allright, going with Reijo's forecast and bringing the Miata:).

And that was totally worth the effort - cold and windy, but turned into a nice fall day at the end, now my summer tires are parked back into the garage for tonight's storm.  Great course, I enjoyed it a lot after my daughter helped me figure out the cone I kept missing (and nope, not the one at work station #6, I watched too many cars DNF there this morning to mess that one up).


SASC Events / Re: Sunday, October 1 - Champioinship #13
« on: October 01, 2017, 06:42:50 AM »
Allright, going with Reijo's forecast and bringing the Miata:).

SASC Events / Re: Sunday, October 1 - Champioinship #13
« on: September 30, 2017, 09:07:45 PM »

Thats a very different forecast than what is on Environment Canada's site (20-50 mm, mixed rain and snow in the afternoon).  I guess I'll decide in the morning.  John

SASC Events / Re: Sunday, October 1 - Champioinship #13
« on: September 30, 2017, 12:49:32 PM »
well, so much for a dry event

Yeah, now I don't know whether to bring the Miata on summer tires and take a chance on getting back home or bring our wagon out to hoon around on its all seasons.

SASC Events / Re: Sunday, October 1 - Champioinship #13
« on: September 29, 2017, 09:32:57 PM »
Please make sure the small helmet makes it into the load from the locker this week, looks like I'll have one of my daughters along again for Sunday's event.

Thanks, John

SASC Events / Re: Technical Analysis for September 17, 2017 event at YYC
« on: September 22, 2017, 11:52:01 AM »
I think that PAX isn't what needs explaining.  PAX is nothing more than a side effect, and what needs to be understood is preparing a car within the rules.  In other words, don't modify your car until you read the rules and really understand them.  Or if that horse has left the barn door, then read the rules to figure out your best (cheapest) path to being competitive within your chosen class.  Good PAX results just follow from there.

Just to build on this, I too think its not the PAX that is the problem, but by extension (and especially for us newbies to autocross), its actually figuring out what your real goal is with the sport - I can guarantee that my goals (for this year, lots of seat time and no additional preparation costs while getting to hoon our cars at speed while figuring out their limits) are very different from someone like Murray or Cam or Ryan.  Lee and I just had this discussion last week when we were trying to figure out whether it made sense for us to look for a set of 15x5.5 wheels (much harder to find on the cheap) so we could drop from STS (which we're in just because of the wheels on our particular car) in to ES, or do we prep the car the way we want for general highway/backroad touring and general summer driving, while still being able to have fun at autocross.  I think we've landed on the second for our short term goal until we both get better, then we'll look at picking the class we want to build towards or even the car/class at that point.

While I have definitely met my goals this year, its hard not to get carried away with the competitive side of the sport and wonder why my times have not gotten better against the rest of the field (I know exactly why, in order of impact - driver experience, tires, alignment, shocks, and lastly PAX/course design - but in terms of this season's resources, the first is the only one I can actually influence right now).

Last thought on this offshoot from the original topic - I bet someone with time and desire could actually crunch all this season's results to come up with a YYC, or even an SASC/CSCC PAX for the various classes to see if there is a bias in course design towards the higher horsepower cars.  The problem would be the assumptions you'd have to make on which cars (i.e. level of prep) and drivers (i.e. driver consistency) to use in the analysis.  While I definitely have the time, I'd have to admit I lean towards lacking the desire (or experience) to even start crunching something like this through and be able to back up the results with any kind of confidence.

Back to the original discussion - as rookies, both Lee and I were taking the wide exit from the last slalom cone carrying maximum speed for our tires, braked into the last corner, then tried to hug the right side of the timing lights with the idea that neither of us could maximize speed through the last corner with braking (i.e. inadequate brake vs. traction experience on this type of corner), so shortest distance seemed the obvious way around that corner once braking started. 


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