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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #180 on: April 21, 2019, 03:54:17 pm »
mang i miss autoxin, but im thinkin aboit drag racin
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #181 on: April 21, 2019, 09:43:45 pm »
That's sick, man. Is it sometimes hard to follow those courses?  I find myself wondering sometimes how people don't just fuck up and go the wrong way. Like I can tell that they lay cones out to make it at least a bit intuitive, but damn. I feel like half my brain power would be focused on where TF I'm supposed to turn next. I assume you get practice/walk time?

The local autocross group in my area, Chicago, does a yearly event for newbies were you go over the basics and run a course that's a bit shorter than average.  Think 30 seconds to complete instead of 50-60 seconds for the regular season.  Anyway, a couple years ago when I participated in it there was this hot shot in a brand new M3 that brought his girlfriend with him and his first run he instantly got lost in the course.  It was pretty embarrassing  :lol:  Point is it happens, but honestly its pretty hard to get lost if you're always looking a turn or two ahead and not just what's in front of you.  Plus you walk the course a couple times and if you're running any group but the first one, you should have a good idea of the layout. 

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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #182 on: April 22, 2019, 05:02:01 am »
I'm far more likely to forget the course layout when I'm not in the first run group.  I typically work timing, so I'm not as focused on watching cars on course.  I also run registration, so I'm lucky to get more than one walk-through in the morning.  I find I need at least 3 walkthroughs to really commit a course to memory.  I started helping with course setups the day before just so I'd get more time walking the course.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #183 on: April 22, 2019, 07:26:08 am »
Makes sense.  I'm not very consistent with going, maybe a couple times a year, so my assignment is on the course itself and picking up cones.  You get familiar with the course real quick when you're out there watching the runs.

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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #184 on: April 22, 2019, 07:34:05 am »
Do these layouts ever involve backing up?
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« Reply #185 on: April 22, 2019, 07:37:17 am »
Not that I'm aware of.  The course is laid out so that there are usually 3 cars running it at any given time with about 20 seconds or so separating them.  It always needs to be moving forward in the same direction or you'll have lots of problems.

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« Reply #186 on: April 22, 2019, 07:46:34 am »
I was wondering whether it was similar to gymkhana courses.  I used to go and watch a few of them at one time.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #187 on: April 22, 2019, 09:19:38 am »
Do these layouts ever involve backing up?

Only when you run over the timing lights. :mask:
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #188 on: April 22, 2019, 10:14:08 am »
If courses included having to reverse, I can think of several vehicle classes that would no longer be able to compete.  Karts and most/all motorcycle-powered formula cars (F440, F500, FSAE) don't have reverse gears.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #189 on: April 22, 2019, 11:02:06 am »
If courses included having to reverse, I can think of several vehicle classes that would no longer be able to compete.  Karts and most/all motorcycle-powered formula cars (F440, F500, FSAE) don't have reverse gears.
It was kind of neat though.  It wasn't so much about speed, more about control and consistency.  You could power out of the reverse box though.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #190 on: April 22, 2019, 02:39:13 pm »
Do these layouts ever involve backing up?

That's gymkhana, which has gotten pretty rare these days.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #191 on: April 22, 2019, 04:25:46 pm »
Gymkhana is like auto-x on meth with a hit of weed to keep you focused.

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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #192 on: April 22, 2019, 05:04:40 pm »
The local autocross group in my area, Chicago, does a yearly event for newbies were you go over the basics and run a course that's a bit shorter than average.  Think 30 seconds to complete instead of 50-60 seconds for the regular season.  Anyway, a couple years ago when I participated in it there was this hot shot in a brand new M3 that brought his girlfriend with him and his first run he instantly got lost in the course.  It was pretty embarrassing  :lol:  Point is it happens, but honestly its pretty hard to get lost if you're always looking a turn or two ahead and not just what's in front of you.  Plus you walk the course a couple times and if you're running any group but the first one, you should have a good idea of the layout. 

I love hotshot newbies with fast cars.  A few years ago, I attended an event at our neighboring region.  A guy with a Viper showed up.  Attracted a bit of a crowd since we don't usually see a lot of high end stuff.  He was a short way behind me during morning coursewalk and I overheard him telling the people he was walking with that he'd never autocrossed, but has done some track days so this should be a breeze.  He finished 110 out of 112 in raw and handicapped time.  Only cars that ran slower raw times were a couple of little kids (like under 8 years old) in mini karts that were governed to like 15 mph.  I watched one of his runs and it was slow.  Overconfident Viper guy quit and went home after morning runs.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #193 on: April 22, 2019, 05:07:01 pm »
Track and auto-x are soooooo differet. Auto-X is so much more rapid and intense. Sounds like a douchebaggggg.

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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #194 on: April 23, 2019, 06:29:56 pm »
I never liked auto-x as I always had issues with trying to figure out where the course was among the sea of cones at our crappy laid out parking lots.

But put it on something like a go-kart track and it's impossibly fun. With slower speeds you can try much more maniacal driving moves then on a large track.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #195 on: June 02, 2019, 06:16:13 pm »
I love hotshot newbies with fast cars.  A few years ago, I attended an event at our neighboring region.  A guy with a Viper showed up.  Attracted a bit of a crowd since we don't usually see a lot of high end stuff.  He was a short way behind me during morning coursewalk and I overheard him telling the people he was walking with that he'd never autocrossed, but has done some track days so this should be a breeze.  He finished 110 out of 112 in raw and handicapped time.  Only cars that ran slower raw times were a couple of little kids (like under 8 years old) in mini karts that were governed to like 15 mph.  I watched one of his runs and it was slow.  Overconfident Viper guy quit and went home after morning runs.

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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #196 on: June 23, 2019, 08:34:34 pm »
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #197 on: September 23, 2019, 01:17:34 pm »
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #198 on: September 23, 2019, 01:19:47 pm »
HS? That's bullshit. :thumbsup:
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #199 on: September 23, 2019, 01:30:40 pm »
HS? That's bullshit. :thumbsup:

Fiesta ST is the dominate car in that class. Similar HP to the Bolt, less torque, but also less weight. I think they're pretty similar overall.
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« Reply #200 on: September 23, 2019, 02:04:37 pm »
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #201 on: September 23, 2019, 02:27:35 pm »
Fiesta ST is the dominate car in that class. Similar HP to the Bolt, less torque, but also less weight. I think they're pretty similar overall.

Fiesta ST shouldn't be in H, either.  But they keep punting faster cars into slower classes.  You used to be able to show up in a stock Corolla or non-Si Civic with decent tires and at least have a chance in H.  Those were the kinds of cars H was intended for.  Not anymore.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #202 on: September 23, 2019, 04:39:33 pm »
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #203 on: September 23, 2019, 05:03:27 pm »
RE-71Rs would be the tire of choice. Hoosiers would bump me out of street class.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #204 on: October 07, 2019, 10:16:26 am »
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #205 on: October 07, 2019, 10:49:00 am »
I want to see the slowest run with doritoes.
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« Reply #206 on: October 07, 2019, 11:10:00 am »
No doritoes this time. I did drift the last sweeper a couple of times.
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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #207 on: April 01, 2021, 11:51:20 am »
Event #2 of 2021 is on Saturday! I skipped the first one because it was freezing & raining. More like Winter-X than Auto-X.

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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #208 on: April 03, 2021, 11:15:46 pm »
Got 10 runs today, 6 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. I got progressively better each run, as I got used to the car. I was in 3rd place out of 3 Miatas in C Street until the last run, when I dropped 0.6 seconds and took 1st place. Not bad for the first event in this car :rockon:

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Re: The official Auto-X thread
« Reply #209 on: April 04, 2021, 10:55:00 am »
This is one of my runs from the morning heat, but I went like 2 seconds faster in the afternoon when the camera was off.

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