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Old 03-06-2004, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Before anybody starts in, i know these cars arent meant for straight line racing. But large groups of kids from my school are now making bi-montly trips to sears point raceway and im part of the group; so im going almost if not every time.
My first time out there (first time EVER racing) i ran:
R/T: .789
60ft: 2.260
330ft: 6.271
1/8: 9.607
MPH: 74.61
1000: 12.433
1/4: 14.898
MPH: 91.83

i know this car is faster than that, so im certain its my shitty driving; but i would like to know what i can get too stock. I only got 3 runs in that night; and that was my best one. The next race i forgot to disable ASC again, and i launched too high and the wheels spun and asc enganged (not fun). The last time it was about 15 degrees colder and i spun the wheels for 30 feet down the track.
I know i need to work on my launches, a 2.2 is pretty bad; how should i be launching? Right now it has been rev to 3k-3500 and slip out the clutch very quickly; which results in a bit of wheelspin (i know, bad) but i havent had any opportunitys to try launching again; i want to try about 2500 and see how that goes.

So yeah, any comments or suggestions or times from E36 M3s would be great.
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i think 14.2 is what most people expect out of stock M3's in the 1/4 miles, but ive heard of people getting 13.9 stock.
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Old 03-06-2004, 04:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yeah ive heard of high 13's off stock. but for your first time high 14's isnt too bad. work on the launch your reaction time is a little slow but not far off of average
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ok, so low 14s are do-able.
And i didnt think my R/T was that bad, .500 is perfect and anything under that is redlight.
For my first time racing anyways, that aint bad lol.

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if you are going out to Infineon(sears point) Raceway why not just drive the M3 throughout the whole course. then you will be having a great time.
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ummm, how would i go about doing that? Wednesday night they open the drag strip; they dont have any open track days that im aware of.
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I was under the impression you needed to be 18 for that?
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ok, so low 14s are do-able.
And i didnt think my R/T was that bad, .500 is perfect and anything under that is redlight.
For my first time racing anyways, that aint bad lol.

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i think the standard 1/4 is 14.2 so yes very do-able.


as for the reaction time , .500 is perfect but from what i gathered .650 is like average.
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Originally posted by Furious+Mar 7 2004, 02:38 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Furious @ Mar 7 2004, 02:38 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Calcartman@Mar 6 2004, 05:52 PM
ok, so low 14s are do-able.
And i didnt think my R/T was that bad, .500 is perfect and anything under that is redlight.
For my first time racing anyways, that aint bad lol.

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i think the standard 1/4 is 14.2 so yes very do-able.


as for the reaction time , .500 is perfect but from what i gathered .650 is like average. [/b][/quote]
hmm, average among who? In our group from HS the average was signifigantly higher than that. But then it was the first time racing for many of us.
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ok, so low 14s are do-able.
And i didnt think my R/T was that bad, .500 is perfect and anything under that is redlight.
For my first time racing anyways, that aint bad lol.

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i think the standard 1/4 is 14.2 so yes very do-able.


as for the reaction time , .500 is perfect but from what i gathered .650 is like average.
hmm, average among who? In our group from HS the average was signifigantly higher than that. But then it was the first time racing for many of us. [/b][/quote]
no no the reaction time you had was great , im not a huge track guy but i do go with my buddy and his friends all the time and they all have a quite a few runs under their belts and they average around the high .600's
my one buddy (turbo civic) hit high 5's a few times.
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Reaction times are tough to get down consistent. Most likely in street trim cars, stock clutch, nothing really special, and not being at the track much you probably won't ever see consistent .6's even. And yes it is possible to get .4s, but I have never seen anything lower than .5's on my slips...
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You'll never see anything quicker than a .500 unless you somehow are using a Pro Tree.
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