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Old 22nd February 2006, 23:48   #1
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My 2003 Mini Cooper S Race Car

So, I'm very happy with the car...it's a blast.

It has a roll cage, 15% pulley, StopTech brakes, OZ racing wheels, Toyo RA-1s (shaved) and Billy Boat exhaust. Running 91 octane it was putting 160 HP to the ground.

It is in the shop getting the final mods to bring to everything I am allowed to do in this class - larger fuel injectors, headers, chipped for 100 octane, and a short shift kit...Dyno results will be available today or tomorrow.

Here are some pics...I had a wrap done on it recently and had an ice cream truck music box and speaker installed (heh heh)!
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Old 26th February 2006, 15:35   #3
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Dyno results are in: 188 HP to the ground, 235 at the crank (27% loss on the Dyno).

Gained between 18-28 HP to the ground with the mods.


Next weekend is racing...we'll see if I can move up from 4th place now and race with the lead group who already have these mods!

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Good luck and report back in with the results--give the leaders a run for it
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Will do. The top guy was kinda cheating...he had all sorts of mods that were not allowed in the regulations...last week we all got on him and he agreed to bring it back to spec...for his sake, I hope he runs well next weekend or he will never hear the end of it of how it was only his mods and not his driving that had him in the lead...



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When are you going to start racing? You got bit by the HPDE bug same as I did and I just jumped into racing...this is my 5th race and I am in 4th place out of 10 in my rookie season!

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Old 28th February 2006, 00:03   #6
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Sounds like you're doing a wonderful job your rookie season--I wish you continued sucess!!!! What clubs/groups do you run with?

Yeah, hopefully your leader will do a decent job Funny thing though, if he's a good driver and unless his mods were really adding some HP/handling advantages, he probably still do just fine. Let me know though, I'm curious to see how it turns out (and if my theory's correct )

I just started out doing track stuff by jumping in and not knowing what I was really getting into LOL Started the first yr with timed events and a few DE's, then the 2nd yr, mostly DE's and a few timed events, and last yr, all DE's and no timed events. This yr I hope to contunue DE's and try to do timed HPDE's with NASA. I'll be up at Road America April 8th and 9th with the Midwest F Body DE and my Vette for the first time.

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We run mostly with ASA-Racing.com and NASA.

I will let you know - from what I have been able to find out - one of our best drivers in our group was putting 181 HP to the ground in his car, so I've got 7 HP more now, but I also carry more ballast (read: overweight!) That will be the next performance mod (which, if you ask my wife, should have been the first one!).

Oh well, another 12 oz. curl coming up...

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Sounds like you're doing a wonderful job your rookie season--I wish you continued sucess!!!! What clubs/groups do you run with?

Yeah, hopefully your leader will do a decent job Funny thing though, if he's a good driver and unless his mods were really adding some HP/handling advantages, he probably still do just fine. Let me know though, I'm curious to see how it turns out (and if my theory's correct )

I just started out doing track stuff by jumping in and not knowing what I was really getting into LOL Started the first yr with timed events and a few DE's, then the 2nd yr, mostly DE's and a few timed events, and last yr, all DE's and no timed events. This yr I hope to contunue DE's and try to do timed HPDE's with NASA. I'll be up at Road America April 8th and 9th with the Midwest F Body DE and my Vette for the first time.

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HA HA HA Yeah, good thing we drivers (well, speaking just for me that is ) don't have to run around the track instead of ride--thank goodness for those wheels and that engine LOL
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I hear ya - I would run out of gas and have heatsoak issues!
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Ok, here we go.

Firebird East this weekend with the newly modified Mini.

Normally, I run in 4th/5th place depending on who is there for the weekend.

Just my luck, this weekend, 2 of the fastest are there.

Saturday, was spent learning the track (new track for me). I started racing in Nov. 2005, this was my 5th race EVER.

Saturday, in 4 sessions (practice, qualifying, qualifying race, race), I drop about 1.5 seconds in best lap time and place 3rd in the race.

Sunday, in practice, I get the 2nd fastest lap time in practice, but qualify 3rd (pushed the car too hard - entry too fast). Get new tires for the 40 minute race and 2nd qualifier grids wrong, so I jump up 2 places in the grid and now sitting in 2nd for the start. Have a great start and first lap and on and off the bumper (for the rest of the race) of 1st place - he's almost always first - noone can catch him in points.

Get into traffic 3/4 through the race and this RX-7 (that I am lapping) decides to squeeze me while I am passing on the outside...couldn't believe it...he let the first Mini go by - Mazda sits track inside to let him go by, I make my move, I'm at his back panel, he decides to squeeze track left for upcoming right-hand carousel. I slow since I am running out of real estate and don't want to get punted off the track. No point by, nothing, I cross-over to the inside line and *WHAM* 3rd place goes flying by me. It looks to me like he isn't going to be able to hang on and make the right hand turn, but he does, I just applaud (in my head - both hands on the wheel you know!) - it was a great move...

Finished that way (top 3 places within tenths for a 30 lap race) - but the car is WWAAAYYY faster now...the competitive spirit is back...time to lose some of my weight to go even faster now...

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