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Whew. New day. Some particulars.

Today was very hot. Like over 100 degrees F. We found we needed to keep watering the Hoosiers to keep them working right. When warm, they were greasy.

We had the pleasure of seeing the largest Elise Owners Meeting so far.. 4 ELISES!! We had Black, Saffron Yellow, Storm Titanium, and Ardent Red. Very cool.

It was very nice meeting everyone. And for what it's worth, in person...Patricko does not look like Jason Alexander. He is much taller, slimmer, and dare I say it while keeping my masculinity.... better looking. :) Great looking cars!!!

And to add to the colorful lineup... at the end, a multicolored Fiat. :)

I will post some pics soon. Need to finish a beer and take a shower. Thought I would take this chance to beat Robert who is still on the road driving up to Orange County. :) A lot of pics were taken so I hope others post too.

I finally heard Stage 2 Exhaust. I don't get the worry about how loud it is. Ancient Wedgie said it was loud under a hardtop. I can see that. But listening to Patricko rev his engine, it was nice and not obnoxious.
 

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Nice to see some other cool cars run. Yellow Prowler. Ferrari Challenge car. Cobra. Etc.

Course was long, about a mile. Mostly straights followed by corners. Pretty representative of a normal road course.

The good news is we were able to get on the cam and stay on it for longer periods. I felt we were on it a lot during our runs.

The not-as-good news is that the cam switch over would upset the car. It seemed most of the day I struggled with throttle modulation to keep the car pointed straight.

We also learned what really happens when the ABS kicks in in a very hard corner. Yikes. Not as bad as my experience with the Spyder, but it would be best to not use the ABS as much as possible. Or get used to handling it once it kicks in.

We struggled throughtout the day, or at least I did, with certain issues. Mainly tire grip, me expecting more.. getting wheel spin, oversteer.

Towards the end of the day, we started getting more comfortable with the car and actually more comfortable with driving the crap out of it. The downside was we were losing the front tires. After about 20 runs, we were seeing cord on the Hoosiers.

That was a depressing development. It appears you have to use a lot of pressure to not cord the outside corner... and the car does not work as well with a lot of pressure. So we are at a loss as to what to do about this. 20 runs out of $1000 in tires is not my idea of a good thing.

One idea is more negative camber. We have yet to put it on a rack and get a baseline and see if we can dial in some more negative camber. That would help a lot. I will also look at the toe settings.

I am more convinced that the car can use a stiffer front bar.
 

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Definitely very hot out there, but still had a good time watching Randy going around and getting a demo. Pictures to come.
 

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Randy prepping the car, changing wheels with the dumb key!
 

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Speaker cover fell off.
 

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Watch out for driveways and curbs
 

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Martin and Shinoo check out Sector111's new Reverie carbon fiber seat, this one having a silver front.
 

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Looks cool with red padding.
 

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Back of that seat
 

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Patricko's Stage II exhaust
 

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Black/biscuit is a sweet color combo
 

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On the way home
 

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Interestingly... I dropped 5 pounds from the morning to after I got home.

Elise vs other cars. Robert had the fastest clean run, a 62.2 I think...or was it a 62.1?

Z-06 driven by Leslie Cohen was 61.5. Really not too bad considering this course would reward a car with horsepower and had relatively few offsets, transitions, and slaloms.

Nationally prepped CS cars were around 64-65 seconds.

Fast prepared/modified cars like the Ferarri and mega-hp RX7 were at 60 seconds.

We tried running the car at 43-45psi on the Hoosiers, it did not feel as well. We ended up running the car at around 35 front, 38 rear.
 
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