This is really interesting. I've always wondered how I would compare to someone that has a truely prepared FFR car. Based on our local guys that were there, I would have been about 3-4 seconds behind John with my 4-year old Kumhos, extra weight and street compatible suspension. That's actually much closer than I expected!
(I guess I should say that I only assume John's car is prepared. I know nothing about it.)
for autoX its the largest you can squeeze in. One of the fastest guys, FredK is running 315 ft/335 rr DOTRs. Everytime I AutoX, I am FTD or 2nd with 275ft/315rr A6 Hooisers. Road race is a different story. Wider isnt always faster.
FFR3842, Levy Forged 349ci/500hp, AFR185's, Wilwood 6/4 piston Superlites, Koni DAs, Magnesium bellhousing and Tilton Triple disk clutch, GF5R dog ringed 5 speed, 3link, VPM sway bars, Hoosier A6s, CCW forged wheels, wings, undertray, diffuser
I did not realize there was a thread about me. I can try to answer some of your questions.
Can a Factory Five Racing Roadster be competitive in the SCCA XP class? Definitely.
I had a successful Auto-X season in the XP class: won my region, won my divisional championship, won the Great Lakes Solo Series, won the Bonus Challenge at the Michigan Pro Solo and won a trophy for 7th at the Solo Nationals. I am not new to this sport. It was my 10th trophy at Solo Nationals.
I ran the beginning of the season on Goodyear bias ply road race slicks, 250 compound, 11.5X23X16 front and 13X25X16 rear. I really liked the Goodyear tires. They take 1/4 to 1/2 lap to warm up on the first run, then they work great. Unfortunately, Goodyear ran out of the front tires mid-season, so I ran Hoosiers of the same size only on the front for the rest of the season. That's right Hoosier fronts and Goodyear rears. It works, but they warm up at different rates, so the first run is challenging.
It is not my Challenge Series car although I still have it. I Auto-X the car I bought from Dave Borden - that explains a lot if you know Dave. The car is well engineered and well built. It is definitely prepared. But not to the limit of the rules yet. I did get it down to minimum weight. Nothing has been done to improve the aerodynamics yet. As with any race car, I am continually testing and tuning it. When I get it prepared to the level of my competitors, I expect to be right there with the top of the class at the national level.
I look forward to racing at the Nashville National Tour. Maybe I will see some of you there.
I look forward to the southern hospitality and food. I love southern cooking. I plan to arrive early and stay late. I have some friends I went to high school with in Nashville. I used to race with Auto-crossers from Atlanta: Renee Eady and Jeff Smucker. Maybe you know them.
This will be my last race of the season. After that, the body comes off for my winter project - aerodynamics. Sadly, I do not think the best aerodynamics available in 1965 will cut it in XP.
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