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2016 season, how is yours going?

Been awfully quiet over here... I figured we might get some talks going about how your cars and seasons are shaping up. So, hopefully if I go first it will spark some others to chime in.

Over the winter break I added LSD (TRD helical), taller gears (including 3.9 final drive), and rcomps (Hankook Z214, 225F 245R--not ready to cut the fenders). Maybe by the end of the year I will have added some cone guards in the form of front and side splitters.

This will be my first season in my Elise. My main season goal is to compete in my SCCA region's SSM class. Regionally I was invited to run under weight in SSM. So far my regional season is going OK, with 2nd, 1st, and 2nd place finishes.

For any national stuff I'll be in XP class unless/until I figure out a ballast solution. I plan to attend at least one national level event--where having been humbled before, I fully expect to get stomped royally. Blytheville ProSolo is on my list, and I might try the College Station tour event before that.

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FIRST SCCA RENO REGION EVENT

LOOKS LIKE A GOOD START


Reno Sports Car Club Of America
Solo Round 1 Raw Results
Event date: April 3,2016

Pos Class # Driver Car Raw Time Diff From 1st
1 SSP 007 Bryan Nelson Lotus 33.452 0.000 0.000
2 CAMS 98 Jeff Glorioso Corvette 34.694 1.242 1.242
3 SSP 72 Alan Patterson Viper 34.729 0.035 1.277
4 RCS 7 Aaron Renner RX-8 34.851 0.122 1.399
5 RCS 50 Jason Copper RX-8 34.896 0.045 1.444
6 TSM 139 Ahren Renner WRX 35.007 0.111 1.555
7 SSP 4 Joe Ysais Corvette 35.017 0.010 1.565
8 STR 1 Josh Bauder S2000 35.139 0.122 1.687
9 CSP 128 Gary Tomaska Miata 35.360 0.221 1.908
10 DS 15 Patty Evans Mini 35.554 0.194 2.102
11 W 818 Shawnda Purdy STi 35.781 0.227 2.329
12 BS 27 Nick Clarke STI 36.038 0.257 2.586
13 BS 1 David Jansen Corvette 36.234 0.196 2.782
14 RW 42 Dean Benz STI 36.262 0.028 2.810
15 TSM 39 Kevin Weiss WRX 36.287 0.025 2.835
16 W 50 Jason Copper Audi Coupe 36.293 0.006 2.841
17 SS 58 Craig Kugler Cayman S 36.323 0.030 2.871
18 SSP 812 Bob Miles Corvette 36.330 0.007 2.878
19 RSTR 45 Adam Kovac Miata 36.349 0.019 2.897
20 SS 11 Tom Smiley Corvette 36.424 0.075 2.972
21 CAMC 15 Roger Petch Mustang 36.427 0.003 2.975
DS 5 John Evans Mini 36.427 0.000 2.975
23 N 16 Chris Bender R5 36.498 0.071 3.046
24 STS 807 Phillip Takahashi Miata 36.587 0.089 3.135
25 CAMC 32 Pat Drudge GTO 36.605 0.018 3.153
26 W 42 Dean Benz STI 36.689 0.084 3.237
27 W 45 Adam Kovac Miata 36.890 0.201 3.438
28 AS 7 Bob Williamson Corvette 37.041 0.151 3.589
29 W 73 Jason Lesher WRX 37.135 0.094 3.683
30 STX 59 Steve McLaughlin Civic 37.191 0.056 3.739
31 RNP 88 Jay Pearson s2000 37.215 0.024 3.763
32 STR 66 Don Smith Miata 37.243 0.028 3.791
33 BSP 88 Anthony Arreygue Corvette 37.252 0.009 3.800
34 RBS 88 Jay Pearson s2000 37.337 0.085 3.885
35 RN 49 Dan Powers Corvette 37.548 0.211 4.096
36 W 2 Alejandro Franco-Rivera S2K 37.586 0.038 4.134
37 RW 52 Greg Hattrup Miata 37.708 0.122 4.256
38 N 51 Kevin Heiss NSX 37.720 0.012 4.268
39 RN 20 Andrew Rhode 200SX 37.777 0.057 4.325
40 STX 56 Deven Hickingbotham Mini 37.821 0.044 4.369
41 DSL 84 Roxanne Fertitta Mini 37.985 0.164 4.533
42 N 14 Hunter Colodny Mustang 38.037 0.052 4.585
43 N 311 Jonathan Galvez-Salas EVO 38.090 0.053 4.638
44 W 145 Jeff Anakatupumya Miata 38.225 0.135 4.773
45 TSM 23 Eric O'Connor STI 38.234 0.009 4.782
46 RTSM 23 Eric O'Connor STI 38.253 0.019 4.801
47 CAMC 321 Cameron Drudge GTO 38.258 0.005 4.806
48 N 38 Nathan Minasian WRX 38.271 0.013 4.819
49 N 49 Dan Powers Corvette 38.544 0.273 5.092
50 N 50 Don Weaver Caymen S 38.598 0.054 5.146
51 RN 7 Lauren Stowell Focus ST 38.617 0.019 5.165
52 N 20 Andrew Rhode 200SX 38.629 0.012 5.177
53 N 11 George Wingate FRS 38.682 0.053 5.230
54 W 52 Greg Hattrup Miata 38.769 0.087 5.317
55 W 12 Kenny Hung WRX 38.785 0.016 5.333
56 N 32 Sam Hitchborn WRX 38.873 0.088 5.421
57 FP 88 James Miles 280Z 38.890 0.017 5.438
58 RCAMT 51 Mick Skiles Camero 38.948 0.058 5.496
59 DS 48 Michael Fertitta Mini 39.031 0.083 5.579
60 SS 111 Gale Smiley Corvette 39.048 0.017 5.596
61 W 800 Cory Davis Corolla 39.144 0.096 5.692
62 CAMT 51 Mick Skiles Camero 39.171 0.027 5.719
63 N 15 Ken Minasian Fiesta 39.281 0.110 5.829
64 RN 34 Maggie Elorza Countryman S 39.316 0.035 5.864
65 W 8 Nick Johnson Corolla 39.319 0.003 5.867
66 RN 118 Tristan Goodbar Mustang 39.380 0.061 5.928
TFSP 25 Andrew Silva Focus 39.380 0.000 5.928
68 STX 30 George Leezy 325i 39.417 0.037 5.965
69 N 118 Tristan Goodbar Mustang 39.472 0.055 6.020
70 SS 24 Randall Bradley Cayman 39.487 0.015 6.035
71 N 33 Dylan Roach M235 39.549 0.062 6.097
72 N 18 Ryan Philips Mustang 39.554 0.005 6.102
73 N 28 Daniel Hayward Audi TT 39.606 0.052 6.154
74 TFSP 92 Scott Knauf Sunny 39.675 0.069 6.223
75 N 7 Lauren Stowell Focus ST 39.739 0.064 6.287
76 RN 43 Rojer Jacobson Corvette 39.778 0.039 6.326
77 RW 008 Nick Johnson Corolla 39.786 0.008 6.334
78 N 34 Maggie Elorza Countryman S 39.969 0.183 6.517
79 N 132 Carlos Garcia-Enrique WRX 40.000 0.031 6.548
80 N 23 Jordan Baker 740i 40.029 0.029 6.577
81 FS 12 Brian Hansen A6 40.089 0.060 6.637
82 N 22 Kameron Baker 740i 40.155 0.066 6.703
83 RCAMT 32 Pat Drudge F100 40.238 0.083 6.786
84 N 29 Seth Thomas Saturn 40.292 0.054 6.840
85 N 19 Kelly Martensen WRX 40.331 0.039 6.879
86 AS 373 John Bogikes Cayman 40.557 0.226 7.105
87 N 43 Rojer Jacobson Corvette 40.567 0.010 7.115
88 HS 1 Matt Roy Sentra 40.603 0.036 7.151
89 CAMT 132 Ray Swanson F100 40.652 0.049 7.200
90 N 12 Ryan Plumbridge Allroad 40.746 0.094 7.294
91 N 47 Artem Zinchenko 650i 40.826 0.080 7.374
92 RCAMT 132 Ray Swanson F100 40.883 0.057 7.431
93 N 25 Tyler Wood 41.043 0.160 7.591
94 N 35 Pavlo Poiakov 328i 41.223 0.180 7.771
95 RN 17 Austin Reaves Impreza 41.393 0.170 7.941
96 HS 11 Doug Wachholz Sentra 41.497 0.104 8.045
97 W 115 Alain Menor rsx 41.679 0.182 8.227
98 W 17 Austin Reaves Impreza 41.699 0.020 8.247
99 N 24 Austin Wood WRX 41.834 0.135 8.382
100 N 36 Don Johnson Mustang 41.872 0.038 8.420
101 CAMC 131 Nick Zelenski ZR1 42.086 0.214 8.634
102 N 26 Daniel Glush 2002 42.334 0.248 8.882
103 RN 30 Randy Loo GTO 42.415 0.081 8.963
104 N 30 Randy Loo GTO 42.478 0.063 9.026
105 N 37 Anthony Allison Legacy 42.583 0.105 9.131
106 N 13 Jim Bready 911 43.621 1.038 10.169
107 CAMC 31 Jeff Pisciotta ZR1 45.391 1.770 11.939
108 N 21 Chris Rhode Camaro 46.152 0.761 12.700
109 N 136 Shelly Johnson Mustang 46.940 0.788 13.488
110 N 27 Artem Rakhov G37 47.010 0.070 13.558
111 N 4 Grant Race 914 DNF DNF DNF
RN 4 Grant Race 914 DNF DNF DNF
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Dude...it's still Winter. We are getting snow this afternoon here in Wisconsin. LOL
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I have great sadness as I miss my car. I dropped it off at BOE for some major surgery and to help me make my dreams come true. I've already missed one National Tour and a few locals. I'm betting it will be worth it though.

The motor has been built and I'm adding a turbo to the old rev400 kit. We've tried a couple different turbos and settled on the second one. It's juicy to say the least. The first turbo was kind of small and it made crazy torque down low but actually choked the motor so bad at the top end that it was making less power at redline than with just the SC. The second turbo is a little larger and makes what looks to be a perfect power curve. 395 ftlbs @ 5000 rpms and 430whp @ 6700 rpms. There's a low boost setting too that takes it down to 300 ftlbs and holds it there with a max of 400 whp... in case the high boost is too wooly.

Phil has only to tune the part throttle and tip-in and then I'm gonna go pick it up. He's on vacation though.... sadness.

I plan to do the Wilmnington and Blytheville Pro Solos. Let's hope it stays cool enough and doesn't break it self. Keeping the engine cool may be an issue.
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Holy smokes Matt, you dropped a hint in another thread but then stated something like "I'm not switching to turbo" and threw me off--this sounds awesome.

Washburn, I must be spoiled by the southern weather. Since we have had 3 events already, I guessed other regions were up and going again. Hang in there, the sun will come out...

Also nicely done Bryan--that's an impressive margin.

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I dont do timed events, but my HDPE season hasn't started yet. I still have a month to go and need to finish brake fluid flush and get inspected.

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First regional race is on Sunday, sadly with a morning temperature below 30 degrees, I think the brand new A7s will stay on the trailer. My beat up RE71s will have to do.

Looking forward to the DC ProSolo, my first event of that type.

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Locally I have no competition in this class anymore. If I show up, I win.

I wonder how are our cars doing this year in SS nationally? Last year it seemed like they were still competitive but I don't know how a year of development has affected the class.
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Locally I have no competition in this class anymore. If I show up, I win.

I wonder how are our cars doing this year in SS nationally? Last year it seemed like they were still competitive but I don't know how a year of development has affected the class.
991 GT3 added to Super Street = I'm out. It was already an underdog situation with the 997 GT3 in SS. The 991 GT3s are faster.

I'm using up SS tires locally and debating an SSP-lite build for ****s-n-grins.
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991 GT3 added to Super Street = I'm out. It was already an underdog situation with the 997 GT3 in SS. The 991 GT3s are faster.

I'm using up SS tires locally and debating an SSP-lite build for ****s-n-grins.
Let's write in letters to add SST as provisional class for 17? Add camber and some wheel width and the elise could be in good shape.

Personally I don't want to cut the clam and go down that road. I just don't see having that much more fun/ $.

Its my first season in the car. Did anyone else have a hard time transitioning to the Elise? I just can't get consistent in this car...I can't even drive it well in gran turismo 🙄. I know the stock shocks are super awful, but I can't blame them entirely.
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I'm also having some difficulty transitioning into the Elise. I autocrossed subarus (last was an ASP STI) for a decade before buying my Elise last year. The tires that came on the car were four years old and well used (possibly some track time on them but not sure) and had Ohlins coilovers on it with strange settings when it arrived so starting from factory "race"'recommendations there.

Hoping with new tires (just got some re71Rs) the car feels easier to control and I'm more consistent. Times have been way too slow compared to competition and friends I know how I Compare to driving wise.
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@RideMooch where are you autocrossing? PM me if you don't mind, I'd like to do some events.
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Haven't done a lot since I moved down here (the new baby isn't helping that). Did one event in Danville with Blue Ridge region which was my old region and nice to see the old crew.
Hoping to get to one or two more this season though if work and family allows. I've got new wheels I have to figure out how to fit (they're Miata offsets)before then too.
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I dont actually race, but I got bumped up to upper intermediate class in HPDE and this season I got solo'd for the first time

i'd say its a good season for me

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Let's write in letters to add SST as provisional class for 17? Add camber and some wheel width and the elise could be in good shape.

Personally I don't want to cut the clam and go down that road. I just don't see having that much more fun/ $.

Its my first season in the car. Did anyone else have a hard time transitioning to the Elise? I just can't get consistent in this car...I can't even drive it well in gran turismo 🙄. I know the stock shocks are super awful, but I can't blame them entirely.
I'm game to write a letter, but I'm not holding my breath. I've always wanted an ST class for the Elise chassis. The ability to fix the braking, add front camber, add front wheel width and reduce rear weight (exhaust and battery) a bit would be a welcomed set of changes.

When I started auto-xing my Elise, it was plagued with setup issues. Reducing rear toe in, switching to decent tires, adding an LSD, switching to LSS springs and installing a stiffer front bar netted a pretty healthy improvement. However, the single biggest improvement came from trying out some non standard damper valving from BWR.

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I feel bad for you guys in SS who have national aspirations. The good thing is that the Elise is not depreciating like the typical Street class car that gets out classed so you're not taking a cash hit too. I'd just be looking around at other rides if I was in your shoes. I remember when the CR S2000 came into the Street class while I was running an AP1. It's not fun knowing that you can't win.

As for my season, well, with 8 events in the car, I guess I'm ready for Nats. We'll see.
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I could probably use more work than the car, so not having the "it" car would be ok, but knowing I have little chance of being competitive demotivates me from throwing money at the improvements i'd like to make. That and parts availability for SS is nil at this point.

I was thinking if a catch-all SST happened, they would almost certainly throw the supercharged lotus in there, and id have to buy a different car anyway since there is generally no update backdate in ST :/

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I could probably use more work than the car, so not having the "it" car would be ok, but knowing I have little chance of being competitive demotivates me from throwing money at the improvements i'd like to make. That and parts availability for SS is nil at this point.
Just curious what you mean by parts availability is nil? What parts aren't available for SS? Good dampers exist, the Toyota LSD is readily available used from the MR2 community, lightweight catback exhausts are available or can be fabricated, there are front anti-roll bar options, and lightweight wheels exist in legal sizes. Not much else you can really do in SS.
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I guess nil is an exaggeration. There isn't an off the shelf shock option anymore, but I suppose that always been the case really. You can make some wheels work, but nothing really fits without significant spacers. I only lament because both of those things appear to have been fairly easy to come by several years back.
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3 events and 3 first places. Need new rubber though...been happy with the 888's.
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