In keeping with the philosophy "learn to crawl before try to walk", I have focused primarily on restoring stock performance and resisted jumping to go fast goodies. For the first time, I have quantitative data that confirms my Beast is putting down descent numbers (319lb/ft, 341whp).
The next step is to clock the almight ET. It will be the first time for both me and the Beast (PO was a doctor, doubt he ever dragged it). I plan to visit the Englishtown drag strip (only place within reasonable driving distance), and I'm hoping for a 13.5 around 105, leaving 0.1 sec slack for rookie driver If all goes well, will then enroll in a couple of road course school days and let her loose on Limerock Park, and eventually Watkins Glen.
Here's the dyno adjusted to DJ. It was 85F, a bit humid, near sea level. Before hitting the track, I will have Dinan rear roll bar installed, running E60 SSK now. Slowly, but surely paving the way for what will eventually be a reliable, intercooled FI setup with performance headers, and a tune. Appreciate any comments and suggestions on the journey.
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Finally had a chance for the second installment of this series. I stopped by Northeast Motorsports in NJ to have a few things looked at, and swang by Englishtown Raceway on the way home (ok, it was a 100 mile detour). The car put down 13.75 @ a hair under 104. The clutch slips in the higher RPM, and the car weighted in at 4206 lbs with driver. I may have left a couple tenths on the table slipping through the clutch, but I'm happy with the power it is putting down.
The clutch/flywheel/rms/giubo will all be replaced before the track event in April, here're a couple shots leaving NEM in the morning and the timing slip. Got myself a new camera so no more grainy pictures!
Easier said than done, but a little better reaction time will help too.
Talk to some of our resident drag racers, (Clemster among others) about how to stage, shallow or deep, that will help a little bit also.
Reaction time really just helps when actually racing another car to get a jump on them as opposed to getting a really great ET where the time begins when your trigger the sensor that starts the time. Shallow staging is good for better ET's and better trap speed.
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Actually shallow staging will result in a slightly higher trap speed because the car covers more distance. Whether to shallow or deep stage depends on lots of variables, but it is not going to make a huge difference in most case, especially with anything that can actually be driven to the track.
For a car like a M5 it won't make any material difference.
True lots of variables but they do add up. After all, we are talking tenths and hundreths here.
The launch is the most important. Modulating the throttle and clutch- not spinning the tires too much is key and not missing any shifts and definitely not hitting the rev limiter. Keeping the car straight.
I usually rev up to 1800-2000 rpm and drop clutch for a good hard launch and modulate the throttle until the tires grip.
Had the inaugural shake down at Lime Rock Park yesterday, weather was perfect. I learned a great deal about the racing line, roll on throttle and braking from my instructor, who placed 2nd in ST2 class TT. I had an unofficial time of just under 1'10", but there's leaps to learn about smooth turn in, transition and track out. It was an intense but rewarding day, here's a quick pic, video to follow.